Hillary Clinton says Meghan Markle's race 'absolutely' contributes to media's coverage of her

Hillary Clinton is once again coming to Meghan Markle's defense amid her battle with British tabloids, saying that race has "absolutely" played a part in media coverage of the Duchess of Sussex.

Several weeks after she first condemned the "inexplicable" treatment of Meghan in the press, the former presidential candidate was asked by BBC Radio 5 Live to elaborate on her opinion and why she sympathizes with the former "Suits" actress.

"I have a great deal of feeling toward and about her, because it's one thing to be told what it will be like when you step onto the biggest stage with the brightest spotlight [and] joining the royal family, becoming president or first lady and his family in our country, and yet it's still really hard to imagine. It takes some getting used to, to have your every move scrutinized and analyzed and, frankly, things made up about," Clinton sounded off. "I really wish her and her husband the very best because they are struggling to have a life of meaning and integrity on their own terms. That's hard enough if you're just walking around in today's world, but if you're on that big of a platform, it's really difficult." 

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Host Emma Barnett then asked if the former first lady, who was being interviewed alongside her daughter, Chelsea, thought that "gender and race are coming together" in the coverage of the duchess, to which she quickly agreed.

"Absolutely. I don't think there's any doubt of it," she proclaimed. "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. And to think that some of your, what we would call 'mainstream media,' actually allowed that to be printed in their pages -- amplified! -- was heartbreaking and wrong."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
(L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Tim Laurence attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, United Kingdom on November 10, 2019. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The former secretary of state seemingly dismissed any accusation that Meghan "asked for" such divisive media coverage by joining the royal family because, as Clinton said, "people don't choose who they fall in love with - they [just] fall in love!"

"She is an amazing young woman, she has an incredible life story, she has stood up for herself, she has made her own way in the world and then she falls in love and he falls in love with her," she added. "Everybody should be celebrating that, because it is a true love story. You can just look at them and see that."

She finished by saying that her motherly instincts have kicked in as she's watched Meghan's public turmoil unfold over the last several years and explaining that her ability to deal and cope with such the treatment that she's received will improve with time.

"I feel, as a mother, I just want to my arms around her. Oh, my god, I want to hug her!" she said. "I want to tell her to hang in there, [and] don't let the bad guys get you down. Keep going, do what you think is right. You know, it's not easy. And there are some techniques that can be learned along the way, some humor, some deflection, whatever. Which I'm sure that she will come to, but it is tough what she is going through, and I think she deserves a lot better."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex smile as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A boy offers a gift to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they arrive to visit "Justice desk", an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. The 10-day trip began with an education workshop in Nyanga, a township crippled by gang violence and crime that sits on the outskirts of the city. (Photo by DAVID HARRISON / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex laugh as Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk Founder (R) makes a joke as they visit a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, during their royal tour of South Africa on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Justice Desk initiative teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of their tour of Africa. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Monwabisi Beach with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Monwabisi Beach, where they learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’ during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TimPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque during day two of their royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by TPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by James WhatPool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner, during the royal tour of South Africa on September 24, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HENK KRUGER/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holds her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor as they meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' during day three of the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits mothers2mothers during her royal tour of South Africa with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African not-for-profit organisation with the vision of a healthy, HIV-free Africa. The organisation trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations. (Photo by Paul Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visits the University of Johannesburg on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship, looking ahead to the Africa Investment Summit the UK will host in 2020. This is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour to South Africa. on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Duke last met with Mrs Machel during his visit to South Africa in 2015. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Tembisa Township to learn about Youth Employment Services during their royal tour of South Africa on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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