Olivia Colman brands press 'evil' for treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Olivia Colman has defended the royal couple. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

The Crown star Olivia Colman has condemned the treatment of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by the press.

The Academy Award winner has described it as “evil” and explained how she couldn't comprehend why the couple had received so much criticism.

"It's just evil," the 45-year-old told LBC. "They're mean to them. Everything they do, they step outside their house and it's something.

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"I don't know why they're so mean to a fellow human being. It always strikes me as odd."

Her comments come ahead of the launch of the third season of The Crown where she's taken on the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Olivia Colman condemned the press for their treatment of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP, File)

Last month in ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the Duchess of Sussex addressed the "unfair" media attacks she's faced.

"When people are saying things that are just untrue and they're being told they're untrue but they're allowed to still say them, I don't know anybody in the world that would feel like that's OK, and that's different than just scrutiny.

"That's -- what would you call that? That's a different beast. That's really just a different beast," she said.

The Duke and Duchess have launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday, claiming the newspaper misused a private family letter.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet with Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa. (Henk Kruger/African News Agency via AP, Pool)

Prince Harry is also suing the publishers of The Mirror and The Sun over allegations his phone was hacked.

He wrote in an online statement in October: "Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences -- a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.

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"This particular legal action hinges on one incident in a long and disturbing pattern of behaviour by British tabloid media.

"The contents of a private letter were published unlawfully in an intentionally destructive manner to manipulate you, the reader, and further the divisive agenda of the media group in question."