Is Meghan Markle Being Treated Like Princess Diana by the Media? George Clooney Weighs In

Meghan Markle and Princess Diana
Meghan Markle and Princess Diana |Twitter via MeghansMirror

There is no shortage of stories about Meghan Markle in the media, with plenty of criticism in the mix about the Duchess of Sussex. This is concerning to one of Markle’s famous friends, George Clooney, who recently pointed out similarities to the tabloid coverage Princess Diana endured back in the day.

How George Clooney knows Meghan Markle

When George Clooney and his wife Amal attended Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, many wondered how these couples knew each other. E! News reported that the four of them had become quite close, having dinners together and hanging at the Clooneys’ Berkshire home, as well as the royal couple jetting off to the Clooneys’ waterfront Italian villa in Lake Como.

An insider told E! News: “They all have a lot in common, so it just clicked as a four.” A palace source shared: “When he started getting serious with Meghan, Harry introduced her to George and Amal and the couple quickly started hanging out regularly.”

Clooney draws comparisons to Princess Diana

During a press panel while promoting his Hulu series Catch-22, Clooney addressed how Markle has been treated by the media since she joined the royal family. According to reports, the actor noted: They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified.”

He added, “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. We’ve seen how that ends.”

Clooney continued, addressing how Markle’s family matters have become public: “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is, just seeing them broadcast a letter from a daughter to a father, she’s getting a raw deal there and I think it’s irresponsible and I’m surprised by that.”

Will George Clooney be godfather to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby?

Clooney was also asked about the rumor that he would be godfather to Prince Harry and Markle’s baby and he had a bit of a laugh over the piece of gossip.

Clooney told reporters, “Oh yes, I’ll be godfather of the royals apparently,” before explaining “No! I’m a father of twins, I have enough sh*t to deal with — literally!”

The Clooneys are busy raising their kids, Ella and Alexander, who were born in June 2017.

Markle’s friends offer their support

Five of Markle’s close friends recently spoke with PEOPLE, with one friend noting it was an effort to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend.”

Another of Markle’s former co-stars added: “Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” explaining, “we worry about what this is doing to her and the baby. It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”

Markle recently remarked, when asked if she and Prince Harry are expecting a boy or girl, that they wouldn’t be revealing the gender. She explained: “We don’t know. Yes, we decided to keep it a secret,” adding, “That way we’ll have something… And it’s one of those things, like, no matter what it is, it’s still going to be a surprise.”