(CNN) — Hillary Clinton weighed in Monday on Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, offering support for Meghan and decrying the tabloids and bureaucracy that often targeted her.
“I found it so heart-rending to watch,” Clinton said during a Washington Post Live event on Monday, noting that she had met the pair as well as Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. Clinton called it “heartbreaking” that Meghan was not “fully embraced” not just by “the permanent bureaucracy that surrounds the royal family, but by the media in the UK.”
Clinton, a woman who has been in positions of power as a former first lady, senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, has at times faced heavy public scrutiny and pushed back on press she found unfair. British tabloid reporting on disgraced former US congressman Anthony Weiner, the husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, became a significant obstacle for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
She noted that she’s experienced the intensity of Britain’s notoriously vitriolic tabloids first-hand, calling Meghan “incredibly accomplished” and lauding the Duchess of Sussex efforts to advocate for herself.
“You know I’ve had my time in the box with the British tabloids, as…