Meghan Markle’s letter to Congress on her upbringing comes after disputes with her father and the media about how her childhood has been depicted.
The Duchess of Sussex delved into a past of economic difficulties, in which for special occasions her family would go to the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler.
The open letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer called for paid leave for all and said Meghan’s experience would have been felt by many Americans who dream simply of “stability.”
The Daily Mail online described her in 2016 as “(Almost) Straight Outta Compton”—a headline referenced during her Oprah Winfrey interview as evidence of British media racism.
The news outlet was criticized at the time and Meghan would later be scathing of its coverage in a privacy and copyright lawsuit she brought against sister title The Mail on Sunday.
Her lawyers said in a court filing: “The statement that [Meghan] lived or grew up in Compton (or anywhere near to it) is false.
“The fact that the [Daily Mail Group] chose to stereotype this entire community as being ‘plagued by crime and riddled with street gangs’ and thereby suggest (in the first few days of her relationship being revealed) that [Meghan] came from a crime-ridden neighbourhood is completely untrue as well as intended to be…