Keira Knightley knows a thing or two about the grueling process of childbirth after having her daughter in 2015. For one thing, she knows that it’s a stark contrast to how Kate Middleton presents it when the Duchess emerges from the hospital just hours after giving birth looking absolutely perfect.
In an essay titled “The Weaker Sex” for the collection, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), Knightley shares intimate and graphic details about her birth experience. She explicitly points out how the reality of it differs from the polished image of it that Middleton presents.
“We stand and watch the TV screen. She [Kate] was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see,” the actress wrote, according to Refinery29.
“Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging,” she wrote on. “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. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
Knightley continued on to describe her own painful process of giving birth in the essay in detail. It certainly provides insight into the more “hidden” realities of childbirth. CLICK HERE to read some more excerpts.