'As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged'
Meghan Markle has faced an endless stream of online bullying since becoming royal, with the shocking level of abuse attacking everything from her family and race to her body and parenting.
‘I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces’, Prince Harry announced last month, as the couple pursued legal action against the tabloids that had ‘bullied’ the former Suits actress.
‘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.’
In recent weeks, Meghan has been supported by a number of high profile names, from Hillary Clinton to Jameela Jamil, who are calling out the abuse.
The most recent people to speak up for the Duchess were politicians, with female MPs from all parties putting aside their differences to send an open letter of support to Meghan.
‘Dear Madam’, reads the letter signed by 72 female MPS. ‘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.
‘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The letter continues: ‘Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.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.
‘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.’
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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