Meghan ‘vilified and chased’ by press like Diana, says George Clooney

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The duchess – whose first child is due soon – gets a ‘raw deal’ from media, the film star tells an Australian magazine

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is being “vilified and chased” by the tabloid press in the same way the late Princess Diana was, Hollywood superstar George Clooney has told an Australian magazine.

Clooney, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as actress Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, warned of “history repeating” itself with the increasingly feverish media attention on the expectant royal couple.

“I do want to say, they’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere,” Clooney told Who magazine during an interview in Los Angeles. “She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she has been pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself,” he added. “We’ve seen how that ends.”

Diana, Princess of Wales – Prince Harry’s mother – died following a car crash in a Paris road tunnel in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi on motorcycles.

Britain’s famously aggressive press at first welcomed Markle into the royal fold when she and Harry tied the knot at a lavish Windsor Castle wedding last May, in a ceremony attended by Clooney and his wife Amal, a human-rights lawyer. The actress was credited with breathing fresh life into a monarchy sometimes labelled stale and out of touch.

But coverage has turned increasingly critical – despite the impending birth of the couple’s first child – with reports of palace sniping over her manner.

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