LONDON — Women lawmakers from across Britain's political spectrum have expressed solidarity with Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, in the stand she is taking against the media over stories about her character and family.
Earlier this month, Markle began legal action against a newspaper in response to what the couple described as "bullying" by some sections of the British media. At the time, Harry said the way newspapers were treating his American-born wife was reminiscent of their approach to his mother, Princess Diana.
The couple, who have a five-month-old baby, spoke of the pressure of intense media attention in a recent documentary.
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Markle, a former actress, said British friends had warned her about tabloid newspapers when she had first met Harry.
"I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is really hard to reconcile," she said.
Lawmaker Holly Lynch organized and published the letter, which was signed by 71 of her member of Parliament colleagues.
"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 said.
"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," they said.