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Last May, it seemed a little odd that George and Amal Clooney were among the guests at Prince Harry‘s wedding to Duchess Meghan. Um, so you guys are pals? Well, soon after we learned the friendship wasn’t for show and the foursome are actually friends. In August, the Sussexes joined the Clooneys in Italy and enjoyed a much-needed vacation at George’s place in Lake Como. So, yeah, they’re close — which makes Clooney’s recent comments about the way Meghan has been treated in the media that much more meaningful.

“They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” Clooney told reporters while promoting his upcoming series, Catch-22. “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.”

Whoa. People did not take too kindly to George’s comments and their knickers were (and might still be) in knots because how DARE he compare mean ol’ Meghan to beautiful, beloved Diana?

Piers Morgan, in particular, wrote a scathing piece in the Daily Mail about how baffled he is that George compared Meghan to Diana because, unlike Diana who was a “naïve young 19-year-old virgin,” Meghan was a “35-year-old divorcee with a successful acting career who knew exactly what she was doing.”

Okay, Piers. Sure, Meghan isn’t literally being chased (that came after for Diana, who traded in her royal life and, in turn, gave up royal protections), but she is definitely being vilified and pursued in a different way: online and in the media — and by her family, something The Queen herself called a “nightmare” that needed to be sorted out.

And, yes, Diana was young when it all began, but that gave her years to get used to that scary way of living; Meghan has had to face it from the get-go, even before she became a duchess. And the hatred came fast and furiously, not because of anything harmful she’s ever done but because she looks a certain way, comes from a certain place, and, unfortunately, has a certain kind of family (with the exception of the marvelous Doria, that is).

Morgan added that Meghan “landed her her handsome, much younger Prince, and now enjoys the spectacularly opulent lifestyle of palaces and servants that comes with marrying into the British Royal Family” and that she’s “milked all the global fame and attention that’s subsequently come her way with obvious glee.” Um, is he for real? Because at no time has Meghan ever appeared to be gloating about her life; she’s merely living it.

Morgan also implied that Meg deserves everything she gets and that the problem between Meghan and the Markles is entirely her fault, yet blames the “negative headlines” not on the media but on “Meghan’s own family” because “they are the ones vilifying her.” Huh? How does that contradiction make any sense? We’re not going to go into detail regarding our feelings about Piers Morgan (ugh), suffice it to say it’s like he’s from a different planet.

Perhaps the bitter pill to be swallowed here is that George hit the nail on the head with his comments. And thanks to what he’s said, Meghan’s friends having her back, and the heartbreaking letter to her dad (that he ran to the media with), it’s hard for anyone with a beating heart to not sympathize with Meghan. And that’s simply not sitting well with the haters.