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Keira Knightley Says She Didn’t Shame Kate Middleton In Childbirth Essay

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Keira Knightley says the media took her quotes about Kate Middleton the wrong way.
Last week, the 33-year-old made headlines for a letter she wrote to her three-year-old daughter Edie, titled The Weaker Sex
In the essay, she discussed how the Duchess of Cambridge cheesed alongside Prince William following the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte in 2015, looking unnaturally radiant for the world to gaze upon.
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The actress wrote:

“She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see. Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful, look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate.”

Many took this as the Collette star shaming Middleton for the post-pregnancy photoshoot. But the actress says that’s completely the opposite of the point she was trying to make — that Middleton felt pressured to look a certain way for the public, even after just giving birth.
Knightley told press at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival on Thursday:

“I think it’s very interesting that certain parts of the media have, I don’t want to say purposefully, but let’s just say misrepresented my meaning and exactly what I said. So I would suggest to those people in the media that they re-read the entirety of the essay and not just take one bit out of it because the comments that I made are completely about our culture that silences women’s truths and forces us all to hide and I absolutely did not shame anybody in any way, in fact quite the opposite.”

She continued:

“So I would say to everybody, there is a wonderful book out at the moment, it’s called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) and I suggest if you want to know about this then you should actually read the essay and all the others in the book and the wonderful thing is that all the proceeds go to Girl Up which is a phenomenal UN foundation which gives money to organizations that are supporting girls’ education, girls’ safety and girls’ leadership in developing countries.”

Well, that clears that up.
[Image via John Rainford/WENN.]

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Oct 12, 2018 10:57am PDT