On Tuesday, Holly Lynch, a Labour MP, published a letter of support to Meghan on Twitter, where she and dozens of MPs from different political parties expressed their support for the duchess.
And today, she reveals that she received a call from the Duchess of Sussex few hours after they wrote the letter. She told ITV political correspondent Joe Pike: “She was calling to thank myself and other women MP for standing with her and sending the open letter to say that we, as women in public office, absolutely understand what she is going through.
“Although in very different public roles, we stand with her in solidarity to say that we shouldn’t be tearing down women in public life through the press or otherwise, so she was pleased to have seen that letter.”
EXCL: 'I got a phonecall. It was Buckingham Palace asking me was I available to speak to the Duchess of Sussex.'— Joe Pike (@joepike) October 30, 2019
Meghan Duchess of Sussex called @HollyLynch5 this morning to say thank you. It comes after the Halifax MP sent her a cross-party letter of solidarity from female MPs. pic.twitter.com/8ykIEEvrbG
Lynch was also asked about what she and Meghan talked about.
The MP said: “As a fairly new mum myself [I know] the challenges of both being in the public eye and managing childcare, managing public responsibilities… it can all be a challenge, so we discussed that.”
“But yes, we were all quite happy to stand with her and recognise that, in what she is going through, there have been on occasion xenophobic undertones and we are not happy about that at all, we stand with her in challenging that and we will look to do everything we can at this end, if some of our national press do not have a healthier interest in her life.”
Lynch also shared her opinion on how “some of the narratives” in the national press haven’s made the Duchess of Sussex feeling welcome in the UK.
“I have been very concerned at some of the narratives and the articles that have been incredibly sexist but also that she is not from this country, that she is from elsewhere and we are not happy about that.
“I am afraid that is unacceptable in this day and age.
“She is here, she has married our prince, they got a young son, we want to welcome her to our society and I am afraid not all of the articles in our national press reflect that, and it’s time that stops.”
The letter from the female MPs referenced the “distasteful and misleading nature of the stories” written about Meghan, describing many reports about the duchess as “an invasion of your privacy.”
Signatories include Labour’s Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Diane Abbott, and Tulip Siddiq; the Conservative MPs Tracey Crouch, Gillian Keegan and the former Tory Antoinette Sandbach; and the Liberal Democrats Wera Hobhouse, Angela Smith and Layla Moran.