Meghan Markle is suing Britain Sunday mail newspaper on the publication of a private letter, said her husband, Prince Harry, warning that they had been forced to take action against "relentless propaganda."
In a stinging reprimand from the British sensationalist media, the Duke of Sussex described his wife as being persecuted by the press in the same way as her mother, Princess Diana, before her death in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
"My biggest fear is that history will repeat itself," he said in a statement Tuesday. "I lost my mother and now I see my wife being a victim of the same powerful forces."
Prince Harry said the couple would take legal action on the contents of the private letter, which were "illegally published in an intentionally destructive manner."
Addressing newspaper readers, he said that the article "had deliberately misled him by strategically omitting selected paragraphs, specific sentences and even singular words to mask the lies they had perpetuated for more than a year."
The statement made no reference to a specific letter, but earlier this year the tabloid published an article about a handwritten letter that Meghan had sent to her separate father Thomas Markle.
"Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the last victims of a British sensational press that campaigns against people without thinking about the consequences: a ruthless campaign that has intensified over the past year, throughout pregnancy and while raising our newborn son, "said the Duke of Sussex.
"There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is deliberately false and malicious, and although we have continued to make a brave face, as many of you can relate, I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been," he added.
The statement comes months after George Clooney warned the Duchess of Sussex, who was seven months pregnant at the time, that the press "vilified and persecuted her", as did Princess Diana.
Britain's famous aggressive press initially welcomed Markle to the royal fold and the mixed race actress is credited with giving new life to a monarchy sometimes labeled obsolete and out of touch.
But coverage has become increasingly critical and the tabloids have delighted in stories about Markle's fractured American family.