George Clooney has defended his friend, the Duchess of Sussex, after a weekend which saw her father share parts of a private letter between the two with the press. The Oscar winner said Meghan was ‘being pursued…in the same way Diana was”, adding ”we’ve seen how that ends”.
The actor and director was speaking at a press conference in Australia as he promotes his new film. He told reporters that ”they’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere…she is a woman who is seven months’ pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way Diana was and it’s history repeating itself”.
The star went on ”we’ve seen how that ends, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see that”. And referring to Thomas Markle’s decision to offer parts of a letter written to him by Meghan to a newspaper, George Clooney added ”you’re taking a letter from a daughter to a father and broadcasting it everywhere. She’s getting a raw deal, it’s irresponsible. I’m sort of surprised by that”.
The issue of his royal friend came up when he was asked whether he would be godfather to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby, due at the end of April. He laughed off those reports before telling the press he wanted to comment on the situation that had confronted Meghan over the weekend.
George Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, were among the guests at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 and speculation about one or both of them standing sponsor to baby Sussex began almost as soon as the royal couple confirmed they were expecting a child.
Clooney never met Diana, Princess of Wales but he famously, and angrily, spoke out about the way he felt all sections of the media had treated her in the days following her death in a car crash in August 1997.