Meghan Markle, the dutchess of Sussex was defended by former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She condemned the British press for negative coverage over her saying she “deserves a lot better” and urging her to “hang in there” amid a swirl of punishing press reports.
Clinton along with her daughter Chelsea was speaking to BBC Radio 5 where she called out the British tabloid press. “To think that some of your – what we would call mainstream – media actually allowed that to be printed in their pages, or amplified, was heartbreaking and wrong,” she said.
Meghan Markle got married to Prince Harry in 2018 and she has long been subjected to what critics have called negative, sexist and racist treatment, both online and off, in Britain. In recent years, press coverage has also targeted her close persons. In May, a British radio host was fired for comparing Meghan’s firstborn son Archie Harrison, to a chimp.
The Daily Mail in 2016 ran a story with the deadline, “Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton,” a story that referred to the home of her mother Doria as “gang-scarred.”
Both Clinton and Chelsea were asked whether race played a role in the ill-treatment of the duchess and they agreed. Chelsea said, “Absolutely, I think even if you go back and look at social media from the time the engagement was announced, race was clearly an element in it.”
The former first lady while giving the BBC interview described the duchess as an “amazing young woman” with an “incredible life story” and said that the world should be celebrating the royal love story. Hillary Clinton said that “I want to hug her. I want to tell her to hang in there, don’t let those bad guys get you down.”
“It is tough what she is going through,” she added.
It was announced in October that Prince Harry and Meghan were launching legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper for “unlawfully” printing a private letter. He expressed his concern that his wife may fall victim to intrusive press coverage in the same way that his late mother, Princess Diana, did.