President Ronald Reagan’s daughter (Patti Davis) defends Harry and Meghan’s Interview Controversies

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Patricia Ann Davis is an American actress and author. She is the daughter of U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his second wife, Nancy Reagan.

The outspoken daughter of President Ronald Reagan who was taunted by the tabloids 30-years-ago, has come out in defence of Meghan Markle’s “courage” following the interview that rocked the royal establishment this week.

Davis, 68, fiercely opposed many of President Reagan’s policies including being an vocal supporter of the anti-nuclear movement.In an op-ed for The Daily Beast Tuesday she reveals she was once called ‘an argument for abortion’ for publicly slamming her father’s politics.

During the 1980s and 1990s, MsDavis, the daughter of Reagan and his second wife, Nancy, became estranged from her family following public criticism of her father’s policies (including his pro-life stance on abortion and views on nuclear weapons) as well as a controversial PlayBoy cover and an autobiography that spilled many “secrets”.

Ms Davis said she was “excoriated” for speaking at anti-nuclear rallies and “writing a book that revealed in detail my family’s turmoil and tensions”.

“I put myself on the front lines and the media obligingly gunned me down”, she said.

The writer, who changed her surname to her mother’s maiden name to have an independent career, said that she later came to “regret” her choice to be so open about her views but said that “even though I take responsibility for my actions, the barrage of criticism left a wound that never completely heals”.

Davis said Tuesday she ‘had it easier’ than Harry and Meghan because there was no social media, adding: ‘I was excoriated for speaking at anti-nuclear rallies in defiance of my father’s policies, and later writing a book that revealed in detail my family’s turmoil and tensions. 

Picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey

‘But my nightmare was newsstands and people on television and radio, not an entire world of nastiness as close as my computer screen.’

She notes ‘there is nowhere you can go to escape the opinions, the criticism, and the threats from hordes of people who you will never meet’. 

‘The best that everyone else can do is realize they have no idea what it’s like to walk in their shoes, and they never will,’ Davis adds. 

She urged compassion and said: “For anyone who sees fit to criticise Meghan and Harry for choosing to tell their truth, I would like to suggest that you have no idea what it feels like to be vilified publicly. You have no idea how corrosive the helplessness is. There is nowhere you can go to escape the opinions, the criticism, and the threats from hordes of people who you will never meet.”

Source: Independent.co.uk

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