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Meghan Markle Just Received an Open Letter of Support from the Female Members of Parliament

The women of Parliament are standing in solidarity with Meghan Markle.

Today, in an unprecedented move, 72 female British lawmakers signed an open letter in support of the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex as she takes a stand “against the often distasteful and misleading” stories written by the British press.

The initiative was led by Holly Lynch of the Labour Party. Today, she shared a photo of the full letter on Twitter, as well as a list of the other female MPs involved, writing, “Women MPs from all political parties, have put aside our differences to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex today and are sending her this open letter.”

Lynch and company’s letter read, “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. Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.”

It went on to say, “As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.”

The letter continued to explain, “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 mean of disparaging women in public office from getting on with our very important work.”

It concluded with a wish from the 72 lawmakers: that they hope the media will make better decisions about what is national news and what is a thinly veiled ploy to “tear a woman down for no apparent reason.” The last line promised, “We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that our press accepts your right to privacy and show respect and that their stories reflect the truth.”

These female MPs have chosen to speak in support of Markle now because of her decision to seek legal action against the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter she sent to her father. Days later, Prince Harry announced that he, too, was suing The Sun and The Daily Mirror for allegedly intercepting his cellphone voicemails.

For what it’s worth, you have our support, too, Meghan.