The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made waves last week as they announced they were taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday after the tabloid had published a private letter that Meghan Markle had written to her father, Thomas Markle.
‘I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces’, Prince Harry explained, referring to the constant online abuse his wife has faced since becoming a royal.
‘There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t live in a world where there is no accountability for this.’
The legal action that may see Meghan forced to testify against her father Thomas Markle has proven controversial, with high profile figures debating the decision since news broke.
One of the loudest voices it seems is coming from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who as it has emerged this week, has Meghan Markle’s back.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Clinton voiced her thoughts on Harry and Meghan’s decision to take legal action, insisting: ‘I do want to say that the way she’s been treated is inexplicable’.
Later, when asked if she thought the bullying was racist, Hillary responded: ‘It’s certainly part of it. If the explanation is that she’s biracial, then shame on everybody.’
‘She proudly had a career first and has a voice that she thankfully continues to use,’ Hillary’s daughter Chelsea explained, offering her own theory. ‘Anyone who has the temerity to break the mould of what has previously been established and expected often, unfortunately, receives criticism and bile that I don’t understand. We’ve seen this pattern repeatedly.’
Chelsea continued: ‘I don’t know her, but as someone who respects her, I’m so grateful that she persists, and is unbowed, and is doing work she feels called to do. And isn’t willing to be bullied.’
We can definitely get on board with this friendship.
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