Keira Knightley dragged Duchess Kate and her perfect post-birth look in an essay titled “The Weaker Sex.” But according to Keira, she didn’t mean it and the whole thing has been taken out of context.
In Keira’s essay, written for the collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), she writes about the birth of her own daughter Edie in 2015, in which she basically describes it like an episode of American Horror Story: Maternity Ward. Blood, stitches, crying – you name it. She then compares it to Duchess Kate giving birth to Princess Charlotte the following day, in which Duchess Kate emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital seven hours later looking perfect. Keira wrote of Kate:
“She [Middleton] 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.”
Keira appeared at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of her new film Colette on Thursday night. E! News says it didn’t take long before reporters asked Keira about starting a mommy-shaming feud with a member of the royal family. Keira blamed the media for reading the quote out of context.
“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 added: “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.”
I haven’t read the essay (I’m sorry Keira!), but it sounds like she really wants to put it out there that she wasn’t specifically shaming anyone, least of all Duchess Kate. And I think I believe her, because I can see where she’s coming from (aka that it’s more about the culture we live in). It’s a good thing she got a chance to clear that all up and thus kill any future tabloid stories about her alleged feud with Duchess Kate. One, because it gave her a chance to plug that book. And two, because if she hadn’t, things would definitely get all kinds of awkward when Keira is inevitably cast as Duchess Kate in a movie and tries to meet with the real thing for character research.
Here’s more of Keira earlier today at the BFI – London to talk about Colette, as well as Keira in a fancy bedazzled turtleneck at the premiere last night.