Hillary Clinton told the BBC that "race was clearly an element" in some of the backlash Meghan has faced since she began her relationship with Prince Harry.
"To think that some of your -- what we would call mainstream -- media actually allowed that to be printed in their pages, or amplified, was heartbreaking and wrong.
"I feel as a mother I just want to put my arms around her.
"Oh my God, I want to hug her. I want to tell her to hang in there, don't let those bad guys get you down, keep going, do what you think is right.
"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, and everybody should be celebrating that because it is a true love story."