Duchess Meghan has received a letter of support from the African Women Lawyers Association

“We feel that you are owed an apology and better treatment by the media for your charitable endeavours and royal duties.”
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The Duchess of Sussex has received an open letter of support from the non-profit organisation African Women Lawyers Association who have offered their solidarity in what they feel has been a “frustrating and extremely costly experience” for her at the hands of the British national media.

In a letter dated December 16, 2019, the UK-based organisation wrote: “We feel that you are owed an apology and better treatment by the media for your charitable endeavours and royal duties performed with elegance and represents women of African descent on a world stage.”

The African Women Lawyers Association has spoken out in support for Duchess Meghan, who they feel is owed an apology for they believe has been a barrage of racial discrimination and defamation by the British press. (Image: ITV News)

The letter explains that the founding principle of the organisation was to help women of African descent enter the various aspects of the legal profession.

“As such, it is a source of pride to have a sister accepted and married into the British royal family, seen as a mentor and the epitome of possibilities than can be achieved by the woman of African descent not just from the African continent but across the world and covering the Caribbean and Americas,” the statement continues.

“The racial discrimination and defamation of character that you have experienced in the national press and on social media by members of the press and the general public has to stop.

“We urge the national media on your behalf to start portraying your story in a way that edifies and continues to shine a torch of aspiration to every woman through your exemplary achievements.”

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Following continued media scrutiny and criticism and the release of a recent documentary in which Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry both revealed they was struggling under the immense pressure and scrutiny, the new mum has received support from a number of notable figures including Hollywood actor George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and more recently British actor Daniel Radcliffe.

In October the duchess also received an open letter of support signed by more than 70 women politicians across parties and led by UK Labour Party MP Holly Lynch to call out the “abuse and intimidation” Meghan and women in general, often face in the public eye.

“On occasion, 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,” the MPs wrote.

“Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories. As women Members of Parliament from all backgrounds, we stand with you in saying it cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.”

Following the letter’s release, Meghan personally thanked the women with a phone call to MP Holly Lynch saying she was grateful to the women for standing with her.

Duchess Meghan is currently on an extended break from royal duties alongside Prince Harry. Last month Buckingham Palace officially announced the news as well as confirming the couple and seven-month-old Archie would not be spending Christmas with the rest of the royal family at Sandringham, instead spending quality time over the festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

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