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Keira Knightley denies shaming Kate Middleton in childbirth essay

Washington : Actor Keira Knightley opened up about her highly-publicised quotes on Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Last week, the 33-year-old actor made headlines for a letter that she wrote to her and James Righton's daughter, Edie (3), which is featured in Scarlett Curtis' new book 'Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies)'.
Knightley recently responded to the claims of shaming Middleton at the premiere of her upcoming film titled 'Collette', at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, reported E! Online.
Speaking on the claims, she said, "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."
Talking about the essay, she further said, "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 organisations that are supporting girls' education, girls' safety and girls' leadership in developing countries."
The letter talks about Middleton's behaviour and appearance following the birth of her and Prince William's daughter, Princess Charlotte, in 2015. The 'Pride and Prejudice' actor compared her actions following the birth of her daughter to Middleton's.
"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," Knightley wrote in the essay.
"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. 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," she continued.
Knightley also described how after her childbirth experience, all her loved ones came to visit her at the hospital while she "wore a hospital gown with paper pants" and was still bleeding. 

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