The Royal Family: Why George Clooney is Defending Meghan Markle

It’s no secret that actor George Clooney is close friends with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He and his wife, Amal Clooney, attended the royal wedding and have only ever had nice things to say about the couple whenever asked.

Recently, Clooney has stepped up to defend Markle against the harsh criticism that she has received from the press.

He first spoke up for the Duchess in February.

“I do want to say, I just saw this piece…They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere,” he said, according to Who. “She’s been pursued and vilified. She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that [Princess] Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself…and we’ve seen how that ends.”

And on Friday, he stood up for the Duchess once again.

“I think it’s a little unfair,” he said on Good Morning Britain. “I’ve seen it when the press can turn on you for sort of ridiculous reasons and for almost nothing and it seemed… to be a little unjust since she hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life.”

He went on to describe how Markle really is.

“She’s a really kind and smart and intelligent young woman and they’re a really wonderful, loving couple,” he continued. “Most of it you can just shrug off and not pay attention to, but sometimes it’s unkind.”

Markle’s friends stand up to the press

Clooney isn’t the only one who has come to the Duchess’ defense. In February, five of Markle’s close friends, including one former costar, spoke to People to clear the actress’ good name.

“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,”one of the friends said. “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”

They went on to describe how kind and down-to-earth Markle really is.

“We’ve all been to their cottage,” one of her friends said. “It’s small and she’s made it cozy, but the perception of their lifestyle and the reality are two different things. Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day.”

Another friend detailed how Markle always strives to make sure her guests feel at home.

“We had a couple of days together recently,“her friend from L.A. told the outlet. “Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time. She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you — none of that has changed.”

Ultimately, the Duchess’ friends want the world to know that the new royal is a geniunely kind and caring person.

“When you see her at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that’s Meg,” her former co-star said. “That’s how she crouches down with our kids at home. That’s how she plays with them. That’s how she engages with people and how she always has.”

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