George Clooney defends Duchess Meghan, comparing her to Princess Diana

By Sarah Walker

Though royal watchers have yet to be blessed with a sighting of the Sussexes and their friends, George and Amal Clooney, there's no denying that their friendship runs deep. While in Australia promoting his new TV series Catch-22, George came to Duchess Meghan's defence, comparing the trolling of the mom-to-be with the negativity that followed Princess Diana.

The former ER star, who personally flew the Duke and Duchess of Sussex out to he and Amal's Lake Como home last summer, said: “They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” the father of two told reporters, according to Who magazine.

“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,” he said, alluding to the fatal car crash that killed Prince Harry’s mother in 1997. Her driver was attempting to escape paparazzi at the time.

Amal and George attended Meghan and Harry's wedding in 2018. Photo: © Getty Images

George and Amal Clooney became close friends with Harry and Meghan after the former actress relocated to London. According to The Mail, the human rights lawyer introduced Meghan to her hairstylist, Miguel Perez. “Yes, I do Meghan’s hair. I do Amal’s, and Meghan is friends with her. I also do George [Clooney]’s, I do the whole family,” the Salon Sloane owner revealed. Since then, they’ve vacationed together in Italy, and the Clooneys attended their royal wedding in May 2018.

A source told People in May that Amal had been a great support for Meghan as she settled into her new life across the pond. "Meghan and Amal have known each other for a while [and share] many interests," an insider said. "Amal has been helping Meghan settle into London life. It was a very natural friendship from day one."

Lake Como is a stunning town in Italy. Photo: © AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

George’s comments come on the heels of another high-profile figure offering support to the duchess. Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, who was once married to Prince Louis of Luxembourg, responded to a tweet posted by Royal Central that featured an article about the duchess.

The tweet read: "The Duchess of Sussex still deserves better than how she has been treated," which prompted the 33-year-old princess to respond: "Absolutely! No one deserves that. One should never assume. Either you know or be quite, it's not nice to talk badly about someone else just because one can, as he or she takes advantage of the anonymity of the web. Stay kind!!! It's the new cool! She does not deserve that."

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The Royal Central piece called for an end to the writing and publishing of factually incorrect stories about the mom-to-be. "Things won’t get better unless we commit to making it better. We need to commit to making it better. The media, the trolls, all of us in the middle. The media needs to invest in factual stories. The trolls need to recognise that their words have negative power (and the rest of us need to recognise our own power in devaluing their words). We in the middle need to commit to not feeding the negativity."

Kensington Palace has also called for an end to the trolling.

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