Meghan Markle got unexpected support from female members of Parliament in the U.K., and the 38-year-old is welcoming it with open arms. The Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry have been unusually open for royals about the pressure they feel under public and media scrutiny.
In addition to launching multiple lawsuits against meddling tabloids, they spoke out in the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. Earlier this week, MPs wrote an open letter in support of Meghan: "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The letter also called out "outdated, colonial undertones" in some of the pieces about Markle.
In an interview Wednesday, MP Holly Lynch, who spearheaded the project of support, said: "She was calling to thank myself and other women MP for standing with her. As a fairly new mom myself, the challenges of being in the public eye, managing childcare, managing public responsibilities can all be a challenge, so we did discuss that. But yeah, we were quite happy to stand with her and recognize that what she's going through has on occasion had xenophobic undertones. We're not happy about that."
She added that she was particularly distressed by the racist and sexist undertones. "I've been really concerned about some of the narratives, some of the articles that have been incredibly sexist but also that she's not from this country, she's from elsewhere and we're not happy about that," Lynch said. "I'm afraid that's unacceptable in this day and age. She's here, she's married our prince, they've got a young son. We really want to welcome her to our society and I'm afraid not all of the articles in our national press, and it's time that stops."
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are headed to L.A. for Thanksgiving, according to reports in People. They are even considering establishing a permanent second "base" in the U.S., Canada or Africa to avoid the criticism in the U.K.