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It’s no secret that George Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, are very classy people. They hob-nob with some of the biggest dignitaries and most high-powered celebrities around the world.

Amal Clooney, in particular, has friends in very high places and counts some members of the royal family among her closest friends. Read on to get the lowdown on Amal Clooney’s royal connection.

Amal Clooney’s friendship with Meghan Markle

Amal Clooney’s relationship with Meghan Markle can be traced back to well before Markle tied the knot with Prince Harry. The two reportedly double-dated a few times before the wedding, getting to know each other well away from the glare of the tabloid cameras. Of course, no one can forget the moment when George and Amal Clooney arrived at Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in May 2018, with Amal Clooney wearing a stunning yellow dress and matching yellow hat.

Since the wedding, Amal Clooney has grown even closer to the royal pair and threw a fabulous baby shower for Markle in February. When Markle and Prince Harry want to get away from it all, they head to the Clooney’s incredible villa in Italy. Of course, Amal Clooney’s husband, renowned actor George Clooney, endeared himself to the royal family when he publicly defended Meghan Markle, calling out the media for their irresponsibility in printing harsh stories about her. As Clooney and Markle’s friendship has deepened, it seems as though she has gone on to forge bonds with other royal family members as well. 

How well does Amal Clooney know Prince Charles?

While it’s certain that Amal Clooney would have met Meghan Markle’s father-in-law some time ago, most likely at the big royal wedding, she made headlines recently when she worked with the Prince for a very special cause. In mid-March, Prince Charles announced that he had worked with Amal Clooney to develop a brand-new award within his charity, the Prince’s Trust International.

The award, designed by Prince Charles and Amal Clooney, is called the “Amal Clooney Award,” and will be presented in the year 2020 to a young woman between the age of 11 and 30 who has made an outstanding and lasting difference in her community. The recipient of the award will be hand-chosen by Amal Clooney herself. Reportedly, Clooney worked for a long time with Prince Charles to organize and structure the award, as well as the criteria for selection and had many dinners at Buckingham Palace over the past several months.

Clooney also made a statement in conjunction with Prince Charles’, saying that she’s honored to participate in the process of selecting the winner and that it is a privilege to be able to draw attention to young women who are determined to make a difference in the world. Clooney herself is no stranger to making a difference. Her work as a human rights lawyer has drawn international acclaim, defending on behalf of neglected and exploited groups of people, as well as former government leaders who have gone to prison.

Prince Charles loves that Clooney supports Markle

It is clear that Prince Charles has a special affection for his daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he walked her down the aisle on her wedding day, handing her off to his son, Prince Harry. It is likely that over the past year, as Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle have grown even closer, Prince Charles has been watching approvingly from the sidelines. The support and love that Clooney has been giving Meghan Markle, even during difficult days, surely endears Clooney even more to Prince Charles. It seems that now, in addition to being friendly, they are partners in philanthropy as well.