LONDON – The Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry, has received a signed letter from a group of UK parliamentarians showing their support over the alleged harassment she has received from some members of the press.
In an open letter signed by 72 female MPs and reported by the media Wednesday, the parliamentarians expressed their support for Meghan Markle for the “often distasteful and misleading nature” of articles that had been published about her in some UK newspapers.
The 38-year-old Duchess recently said in a documentary by the British ITV network her discomfort over the continued harassment of the tabloids, who have written articles about her relationship with her father, Thomas Markle.
Some of the MPs who signed the letter were Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Labor MPs Margaret Hodge, Yvette Cooper and Stella Creasy, Conservatives Tracey Crouch, Gillian Keegan and Lucy Allan, and Liberal Democrats Layla Moran and Angela Smith, among others.
“We wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in a number of our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family.
“On occasions, stories and headlines have represented an invasion of your privacy and have sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reason as far as we can see,” the letter that MO Holly Lynch shared on Twitter added.
The MPs demanded the UK media “to have the integrity to know when a story is in the national interest and when it is seeking to tear a woman down for no apparent reason.”
The Duchess of Sussex revealed a few days ago that her British friends had told her, after meeting Prince Harry, not to marry him because the tabloids would make her life impossible.
In the ITV documentary Markle said of her life as a royal and dealing with the press:
“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair.
“And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”
The signed letter published Tuesday concluded by saying:
“We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accept your right to privacy and show respect, and that their stories reflect the truth.”