George Clooney says Meghan being harassed just like Diana

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The media are harassing Meghan Markle just as they did Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi, her friend George Clooney said.

Clooney and his wife Amal attended Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry, Diana's son, last year when the American actress became the newest addition to the British royal family.

The Duchess of Sussex as she is now known, is expecting her first child, something that has intensified already huge media interest.

"They're just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she's been pursued and vilified," Clooney told Australian magazine WHO.

"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," Clooney said.

Last weekend, some media published details of an intimate letter they said Meghan has sent her estranged father.

"I can't tell you how frustrating that is," Clooney said.

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EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 26: Meghan Markle attends COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle during Kari Feinstein Pre-Emmy Style Lounge - Day Two in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage for Kari Feinstein PR)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 235 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Gleave (3), Tameka Jacobs (21), Meghan Markle (24) -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 236 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DEAL OR NO DEAL -- Episode 228 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Meghan Markle attends the DPA pre-Emmy Gift Lounge at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
NFL CHARACTERS UNITE -- Panel with Sports Illustrated -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Andrew Toth/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 2014 -- 'Suits' Session -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
USA NETWORK EVENTS -- '2013 USA Network Upfront at Pier 36 in New York City on Thursday, May 16, 2013' -- Pictured: Meghan Markle -- (Photo by: Ilya Savenok/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle arrives at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Meghan Markle arrives at the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont Hotel on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Meghan Markle attends the TV Guide Magazine Hot List Party at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 12, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Meghan Markle attends the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on November 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the UK Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Actress Meghan Markle attends American Ballet Theatre 2013 Opening Night Fall Gala at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Model/actress Meghan Markle attends the Gala Tribute To Cate Blanchett during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle enters the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Meghan Markle attends the 2013 Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners Charity Day at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Model Meghan Markle attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 17: Meghan Markle Amrican actress, spokesperson and model attends the 'Bridging the Gender Gap' special session at the Convention Centre on October 17, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The summit, which is in its fifth year, connects and guides young talent from around the world with global leaders and public figures acting as One Young World counsellors. This year's theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution and will use Ireland's history as an example to guide discussion. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends an exclusive preview of the Marchesa Voyage for ShopStyle collection on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ShopStyle)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Model Meghan Markle attends Peter Som during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Meghan Markle attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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"Just seeing them broadcast a letter from a daughter to a father, she's getting a raw deal there and I think it's irresponsible and I'm surprised by that."

Last month, five of Meghan's close friends told People magazine the duchess had endured "lies and untruths" and "global bullying" and they worried how this would affect her and her baby.

In 2016, shortly after their relationship became public, Prince Harry issued a rare statement criticizing the media for intruding into Meghan's private life, saying the press had subjected her to "a wave of abuse and harassment."

Harry and his elder brother Prince William, the second in line to the throne, have had a strained relationship with the press since their mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi on motorbikes. (Writing by Alexandra Hudson Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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