Sunday 16 December 2018

'Don’t show your battleground, Kate' - Keira Knightley addresses Duchess of Cambridge's post-baby photos in graphic essay detailing her own pregnancy

The work was for a feminist collection of writings

Keira Knightley described her experience of giving birth in searing detail for an essay published in a feminist collection (Matt Crossick/PA Wire) | Inset: Kate Middleton leaving hospital with Princess Charlotte (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Keira Knightley described her experience of giving birth in searing detail for an essay published in a feminist collection (Matt Crossick/PA Wire) | Inset: Kate Middleton leaving hospital with Princess Charlotte (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Keira Knightley described her experience of giving birth in searing detail for an essay published in a feminist collection (Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Keira Knightley has described her experience of giving birth in searing detail for an essay published in a feminist collection.

The British actress, star of blockbuster films including Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Love Actually, gave an honest account of motherhood in a new book titled Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).

In an essay titled The Weaker Sex, 33-year-old Knightley described giving birth to daughter Edie in May 2015.

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Keira Knightley with James Righton (Matt Crossick/PA)

In graphic detail, Knightley, who is married to musician James Righton, wrote about the physical impact welcoming a child had on her body.

She said: “I remember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving. And I am the weaker sex? You are?”

Knightley contrasted her experience with that of the Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth to Princess Charlotte the same month.

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Kate leaving hospital with Princess Charlotte (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Kate was pictured leaving hospital later that day wearing a yellow dress having had her hair done.

Knightley 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.

“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.”

In the essay, the actor contrasted the standards for male and female colleagues in Hollywood, writing; "I turn up on time, word perfect, with ideas and an opinion. I am up with you [her daughter] all night if you need me. Sometimes I cry I'm so tired. Up with you all night and work all day...

"My male colleagues can be late, can not know their lines. They can shout and scream and throw things. They can turn up drunk or not turn up at all. They don't see their children. They're working. They need to concentrate."

Press Association

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