72 female members of Parliament pen open letter calling out ‘distasteful,’ ‘misleading’ stories about Meghan Markle

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle on October 25, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Female members of Parliament (MPs) who "share an understanding of the abuse and intimidation” by the British press are banding together to voice their support for the Meghan Markle as she and Prince Harry fight the “often distasteful and misleading” stories printed in national publications.

On Tuesday, Holly Lynch of the Labour Party, who led the charge, tweeted a letter co-signed by 72 female members of Parliament directed at the Duchess of Sussex.

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 Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories," the letter reads.

It goes on to state, "As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged."

The 72 MPs, which represent one-third of the 208 women in the House of Commons, called on the national media to respect an individual's right to privacy.

Prince Harry has been vocal about his concerns around media attention. In an Oct. 1 statement, he compared Meghan's treatment by the press that of his late mother, Princess Diana.

In 1997, the Princess of Wales died in a car crash, as the paparazzi pursued her vehicle. The “People's Princess” became fodder for tabloids and newspapers before her death, leading her brother, Earl Charles Spencer, to state in a eulogy for his late sister, that she was the "most hunted person of the modern age."

Prince Harry has said he’s fearful he’s seeing similar patterns repeat.

“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,” Prince Harry wrote in the statement.

He added: “Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one. Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

Near the end of the couple's royal tour, in which Meghan and Prince Harry visited South Africa, with their five-month-old son, Archie, news broke that Meghan had "initiated legal proceedings" against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company for publishing her letter to her father. Days later, it was revealed that Prince Harry took legal action against The Sun and The Daily Mirror for allegedly hacking his voicemail messages.

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