Keira Knightley has blasted Kate Middleton’s “perfect” post-birth appearance.
The 33-year-old actress – who has three-year-old daughter Edie with husband James Righton – has slammed the impossible standards for women after giving birth.
The star says Kate’s perfectly made-up appearance as she left hospital just hours after giving birth to Princess Charlotte in 2015, one day after Knightley had Edie, is a far cry from reality.
The Hollywood actress’ comments come after she opened up about being diagnosed with PTSD aged 22 as she struggled with the pressure of movie fame.
In her essay “The Weaker Sex,” which appears in the collection “‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies),” Knightley wrote: “We stand and watch the TV screen.
“[Kate] 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.
She continued: “Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
Knightley insists that the reality is far from pretty and she urged women to be more open.
Writing directly to her daughter about her own experience, Knightley said: “My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air.
“Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming.”
Knightley also described her painful first time breastfeeding, writing: “You latched on to my breast immediately, hungrily, I remember the pain. The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on and sucking out.
“I remember the sh-t, the vomit, the blood, the stitches. I remember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving. And I am the weaker sex? You are?”
And Knightley blasted the double standards set for male and female parents in Hollywood.
She wrote: “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, cannot 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.”
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