How Is Prince Charles Teaming Up With Amal Clooney?
Amidst her friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, Amal Clooney is also gaining the trust of Meghan Markle’s father-in-law Prince Charles. The British human rights attorney and wife of former sexiest man alive actor George Clooney has been asked to participate in the Prince’s Trust International, a youth trust, as an ambassador. A role which she has accepted.
In her honor, the charity is developing the Amal Clooney Award, “to highlight the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities,” according to a charity spokesperson.
Why the British royal family and the Clooneys have become so close
First, there is the friendship that has evolved between Amal and the Duchess who went from being acquaintances a year ago to fast friends. The Clooneys attended the wedding, Amal Clooney was one of the hosts of Meghan’s New York baby shower, and the two speak often about family, pregnancy, children, fashion, and no doubt, about being married to men more famous than themselves.
The growing relationship between the two families stems from personal beliefs. Like his wife, George is also an avid advocate for those who he feels have been or are being wronged, among other things. Following the 1997 death of Prince Harry’s mother, the former Princess Diana, George denounced the paparazzi. As Inc. reported,
“‘This is not about me,’ Clooney began. ‘But as I sit in front of my TV listening to tabloid journalists and editors dodging their own responsibility and placing the blame on a drunken driver or society or Princess Di, I now feel that the only fair thing I can do is stand up and make one clear, concise statement.
“‘Princess Di is dead. And who should we see about that? The driver of the car? The paparazzi? Or the magazines and papers that purchase these pictures and make bounty hunters out of photographers?'”
He has recently defended Meghan Markle as to the way the press and paparazzi are also relentless with her.
“‘They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,’ Clooney said. ‘She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she has been pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was and it’s history repeating itself.'”
These are words Prince Harry takes very seriously and he appreciates George’s standing up for his mother and his wife.
Why the Prince choose Amal
Being that Amal is a Brit and advocates about similar subjects as Prince Charles including the betterment of human rights and fighting for social justice, there is little doubt their lives have crossed paths before her budding friendship with Meghan. And the Clooneys are fast becoming a part of the royal family’s inner circle including through Prince Harry, his wife, and his father.
It is Prince Charles and Amal’s bond for protecting and acknowledging youth that brought them together for his charity. The Prince obviously admires Clooney and her work a lot to have named this award in her honor.
The reasoning for the Amal Clooney Award
The first Amal Clooney Award is scheduled to be given in 2020. Amal is actively seeking applications of women from around the world, ages 11 to 30 for the prize. Applicants may have been involved in “anything from sustainable farming schemes, to community projects in refugee camps, to rebuild-work in war zones.”
She is not the first to be honored by the Prince and his trust. Other famed actors and activists include Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kylie Minogue, and more.
It is not yet clear whether the Amal Clooney Award will become an annual one.