Female MPs Have Signed A Open Letter To Meghan Markle In Solidarity

"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."

Those who have signed the letter say they ‘share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation’ which many women in public life suffer.

A large group of female MPs have signed a letter of support to the Duchess of Sussex criticising the "outdated, colonial undertones" of media coverage about her.

A total of 72 women put their names to the open letter – including Diane Abbott, Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy – which condemned the "distasteful and misleading nature" of newspaper stories about Meghan and her family.

They pledged to use the "means at our disposal" to ensure the press respect her right to privacy and their stories "reflect the truth".

"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," the 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 as far as we can see.

"Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of there stories.

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

The letter was posted and organised by Labour MP Holly Lynch.

The letter said that, as women in the spotlight, female MPs understood how "abuse and intimidation" is used as a "means of disparaging women in public office".

It added: "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."

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