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Duchess Meghan receives letter of support from 72 British female MPs

''As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.''

By Alex Lilly
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry shocked the world with their heartfelt documentary but by voicing their struggles, the royal couple have made some strong allies.
72 female MPs from varying political backgrounds have put their names to an open letter for Duchess Meghan to take a stand against the British media and "the often distasteful and misleading nature" of the stories published.
Led by Labour MP Holly Lynch, the open letter was shared on Twitter addressing the Duchess of Sussex as Madam.
"As women MPs of all political persuasions, 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," it began.
"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."
Following Meghan's heartfelt confession in her Africa documentary with Prince Harry, she has received support from over 70 female British MPs. (Image: Getty Images)
The letter continues: "Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories. As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged."
"Although we find ourselves being women in public life in a very different way to you, we share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation which is now so often used as a means of disparaging women in public office from getting on with our very important work."
"As women Members of Parliament form all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged." (Image: Getty Images)
The letter concluded with: "With this in mind we expect the national 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.
"You have our assurances that we stand with you in solidarity on this. 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."
WATCH: Duchess Meghan admits she was naïve and that she was warned the tabloids 'will destroy your life'. Post continues after video...
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed in October that they have filed a lawsuit against a British tabloid, alleging that it unlawfully published one of Meghan's private letters.
"As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting. We regard it as a cornerstone of democracy and in the current state of the world – on every level – we have never needed responsible media more," Prince Harry wrote in a rare statement.
"Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son."
"As a couple, we believe in media freedom and objective, truthful reporting." (Image: Getty Images)
In the Harry & Meghan: An African Journey documentary, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that her British friends tried to dissuade her from marrying Prince Harry, fearing the intense media scrutiny she'd receive.
"My British friends said to me 'I'm sure he's great, but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'.
"And I very naively thought — I'm American, we don't have that there — what are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense … I didn't get it.
"So it's been ... complicated."

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