George Clooney criticises media for treatment of Meghan Markle, saying she's being 'pursued and vilified'

George Clooney has criticised the media for their treatment of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, saying she is being "pursued and vilified", making a comparison with Princess Diana.

Clooney, who is friends with Meghan and her husband Prince Harry says the media are chasing Meghan Markle everywhere.

"She's been pursued and vilified," Clooney said at a promotional event for his new film, according to the UK's Press Association (PA) news agency. "I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see that," he said.

"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," Clooney added.

Prince Harry’s mother Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 while travelling in a car being followed by paparazzi.

In January, Hello! magazine  launch a campaign appealing for people to be kinder on social media, prompted by abuse directed at the Duchess.

Clooney said he had also seen the recent coverage on Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper that published a personal letter allegedly sent by Meghan to her estranged father.

"You're taking a letter from a daughter to a father and broadcasting it everywhere," he said. "She's getting a raw deal there, it's irresponsible. I'm sort of surprised by that."