George Clooney has said the Duchess of Sussex is being ‘pursued and vilified’, comparing her struggles to those of the late Princess Diana.
The actor, 57, claimed that history was repeating itself in the case of Meghan and Diana, warning: ‘we’ve seen how that ends’.
The Hollywood star is a friend of Harry and Meghan and he and his human rights lawyer wife Amal attended the royal wedding in May last year.
His intervention comes amid reports of a rift between Meghan, who is pregnant, and her father, Thomas Markle.
Over the weekend a newspaper published a deeply personal letter allegedly written by Meghan to her father in August, months after he missed her wedding.
After joking about a report suggesting he would be named godfather to Harry and Meghan’s baby, Clooney, who was speaking at an event in Los Angeles, said: ‘I do want to say, I just saw this piece.
‘They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified.
‘She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself.
‘And we’ve seen how that ends. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see that.’
He added: ‘You’re taking a letter from a daughter to a father and broadcasting it everywhere. She’s getting a raw deal there, it’s irresponsible.’
Clooney was speaking on a panel at a meeting of the Television Critics Association in California when he made the comments on Monday.