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Monday 14 October 2019

George Clooney: Why I spoke out for my friend Meghan

The Hollywood star previously launched an outspoken defence of the Duchess of Sussex, comparing her treatment with that of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Amal and George Clooney (Chris Radburn/PA)
Amal and George Clooney (Chris Radburn/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

George Clooney says the Duchess of Sussex is being vilified for just “living her life”.

The Hollywood star previously launched an outspoken defence of Meghan, comparing her treatment with that of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Now he has told Good Morning Britain why he wanted to speak up for “a really kind, smart and intelligent young woman”.

“I’ve seen it when the press can turn on you for sort of ridiculous reasons and for almost nothing and it seemed to me to be a little unjust since she hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life,” the heartthrob told the ITV show.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Richard Pohle/The Times)

Clooney, who is a friend of Harry and Meghan and attended their wedding with his wife Amal last year, said: “She’s a really kind and smart and intelligent young woman and they’re a really wonderful, loving couple.

“Most of it you can just shrug off and not pay attention to, but sometimes it’s unkind,” the actor said, calling the media coverage “unfair”.

Clooney’s intervention last month came amid reports of a rift between Meghan, who is pregnant, and her father, Thomas Markle.

The US actor had said history was repeating itself in the case of Meghan and Diana and warned: “We’ve seen how that ends.”

On Good Morning Britain, he also joked about the royal family at a recent event at Buckingham Palace, quipping: “Charles got really crazy and started dancing on the tables… I was surprised to see that.

The Prince of Wales speaks to Amal and George Clooney (Chris Jackson/PA)

“He had such good dance moves. Sir Tom Jones sang, which was fun. It was actually a really great night.”

Clooney was in Edinburgh collecting a cheque for the Clooney Foundation for Justice, he and his wife’s charity.

The Hollywood star also said he was too old to play spy 007, saying: “I look like James Bond’s grandfather.”

But he backed Luther star Idris Elba to take over from Daniel Craig, saying: “I’ll say it 1,000 times – Idris Elba should be Bond, period.

George Clooney said Idris Elba should be the next Bond (Daniel Leal-Olivas)

“He’s elegant, he’s handsome, he’s very… he should be Bond. I’m shocked that they haven’t just offered it to him right now, he’s the guy to do it.”

The father of young twins, Alexander and Ella, Clooney also spoke of his love of pranks.

“I was shooting a TV show in Italy, I went and I got a nappy and I put Nutella in it and I threw it in the trash can and then I came in an hour later,” he said.

“There was an Italian housekeeper in this place we were staying in and I said: ‘Amal wants to know if Alexander went poo poo or pee pee?’ She was like: ‘What?’

“I open up the trash can, I pull out the nappy with the Nutella and I opened it up and I sniffed it and I tasted it and she screamed and ran out of the room. I’m going to teach my kids a lot of good tricks.”

He added: “It’s boring if you don’t do some of that!”

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