Meghan Markle published a letter on Wednesday evening, from ‘The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ to ‘The Honourable Charles Schumer’ and ‘The Honourable Nancy Pelosi’. They are the Leader and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively. The letter, which purports to have been written and signed by Meghan Markle, and Express.co.uk has made every effort to verify it is from her, was advocating for “paid leave”, and began with the line: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician.
“Like many parents, we were overwhelmed.
“Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work.”
The Duchess ended the letter, which purports to have been written and signed by Meghan Markle, with: “So, on behalf of my family, Archie and Lili and Harry, I thank you for considering this letter, and on behalf of all families, I ask you to ensure this consequential moment is not lost.
“As ever, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex,” which she accompanied with her handwritten signature.
This is also the first time Meghan has referred to her second child, since announcing the birth of Lilibet back in June 2021.
Meghan has also been criticised in the past for continuing to use her official royal title in an official capacity, as opposed to her birth name of Meghan Markle.
“In addition, the last half of her name ends in a very long, outstretched rightward stroke, which brings to mind another symbolic gesture—holding out your arm to keep others away (more self-protection).
“Interestingly, though, at the same time, her signature leans to the right, which is towards other people, and the ‘e’ is large and open, which, in this signature, suggests a listening ear.
“So, what we have is a conflict between wanting to connect with others but being afraid of being hurt by that connection,” Sheila explained.