Keira Knightley isn’t the biggest fan of Kate Middleton and has publically slammed the Duchess of Cambridge in a new essay.
The Pirates of the Carribean star wrote an open letter to her young daughter, Edie, titled “The Weaker Sex” which was published in Scarlett Curtis’ book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies). In the piece, Knightley took issue with Middleton accusing the duchess of placing unrealistic expectations on women after childbirth.
“She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on,” Knightley wrote in an excerpt obtained by E! News. “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.”
The actress is referring to Middleton’s appearance when she emerged with her husband, Prince William, from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital after she gave birth to Princess Charlotte in 2015.
“Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell,” Knightley continued in the feminist essay. “Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers. This stuff is easy. It happens every day. What’s the big deal? So does death, you s**t-heads, but you don’t have to pretend that’s easy.”
Knightley also detailed her own experience of how she felt after her daughter was born the same year as the royal saying that she “wore a hospital gown with paper pants” before adding, “I remember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving. And I am the weaker sex? You are?”
However, her essay wasn’t well received by social media users who then attacked Knightley for calling out the duchess especially since Middleton had mostly been praised in the past for her post-delivery looks.
Many tweeted that Knightley was shaming the duchess. “Some women prefer to keep their s**t to themselves. The idea of feminism is that we women are independent, autonomous beings who cannot be controlled by any other person or group. Including other women. Quit shaming cause she’s different from you,” one user said.
Some though did defend what the star wrote though by saying that “She wasn’t criticizing Kate personally but the royal family and how society doesn’t want to see what childbirth actually looks like.”
The British actress’ letter came just a few days after Duchess Kate returned from maternity leave following the birth of her third child, Prince Louis, in April. When resuming royal duties she visited a school where inner-city youth have the opportunity to learn and interact with the natural world.
Middleton’s break after Louis’ arrival had been a bit longer than royals before her but she did still participate in a number of engagements during that time.