Meghan Markle has another shoulder to lean on: Hillary Clinton’s.
“Oh my God, I want to hug her!” Clinton said Tuesday against BBC Radio 5 Live host Emma Barnett.
“I feel like a mother, I just want to put my arms around her,” added the former First Lady, who has often talked about developing “skin like rhino’s skin” through her decades of anti-aircraft guns in Washington, DC
“I want to tell her to stay there, don’t let those bad guys take you down. Keep going, do what you think is right,” she went on.
The 2016 presidential candidate – who is on a publicity tour for The Book of Gutsy Women, co-author of daughter Chelsea Clinton, 39 – added that Meghan should get a break because everything she did fell in love and wanted to start a family.
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“She has found her own way in the world,” Clinton told the BBC. “Then she falls in love and he falls in love with her, and everyone should celebrate that because it is a true love story. You can just look at it and see it. “
Clinton, 72, added, “You know, it’s not easy. And there are a number of techniques you can learn along the way, a little humor, a little deflection, whatever, I’m sure she’ll be coming “But it’s hard what she’s going through. And I think she deserves much better.”
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Meghan publicly revealed her problems with the British press in the recent ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, where she started to fight the ruthless attacks of British gossip magazines.
“I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair,” she told ITV News anchor Tom Bradby. “That is the part that is really hard to reconcile.”
On the last day of the royal couple’s African tour, it also appeared that the Duchess of Sussex, 38, sues the post for publishing a “private and confidential” letter to her father, Thomas Markle, 75, at a “time” of great personal fear and distress. “
Shortly after the announcement, husband Prince Harry also made an unprecedented statement in which he described Meghan as a victim of a “ruthless campaign that escalated over the past year, during her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”
“I can’t begin to describe how painful it has been,” added the Duke of Sussex, 35, who himself sues News UK (owner of The Sun newspaper) and MGN (former owner of The Mirror) about alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.
Clinton has been in the spotlight for decades and knows better than anyone what it is like to show every aspect of your personal life in public.
In the case of Meghan, the grandmother of three believes that the criticism is caused by a combination of sexism and racism.
“I don’t think there is any doubt about it,” Clinton told the BBC. “Even if you go back and look at social media from the moment the engagement was announced, racing was clearly an element in it.
“And to think that some of you [British] – what we would call mainstream media – actually allowed this to be printed or enhanced on their pages was heartbreaking and wrong.”
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According to Clinton, the solution is that Meghan Markle gives it time and focuses on what is most important: family.
“It is one thing to hear what it will be like when you enter the largest stage with the brightest spotlights and join the royal family,” said Clinton, “but it is still hard to imagine.”
She continued: “It takes some getting used to that you have to carefully examine and analyze every step and, frankly, make things up.
“I really wish her and her husband all the best, because they are struggling to have a life of meaning and integrity in their own terms – and that’s hard enough if you just walk around in the world today, but if you do too are big platform it’s really hard. “
Clinton added, “You know, people don’t choose who they fall in love with – they fall in love.” And she is a wonderful young woman. She has an incredible life story. She has stood up for herself. “
Regarding her own future, Barnett asked Clinton to “rule out a presidential run in 2020” and said, “I, as I say, never, never, never ever say. I will certainly tell you, I am under enormous pressure from a lot of people to think about it. But from this moment on, talking to you here in this studio, that is definitely not in my plans. “