Saturday 24 February 2018

Conscious coupling for actor Clooney, and a royal uncoupling

George Clooney is engaged to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney is engaged to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

Anne Marie Scanlon

THERE was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when it emerged that George Clooney is now engaged. To be married! Clooney, self-proclaimed King of the Commitment-phobes, is famous for his love of the bachelor life and his vow, having tried matrimony once, never to go there again.

Clooney's betrothed is Amal Alamuddin, a British human rights lawyer who has advised the UN on Syria and represented Julian Assange. Nick and Nina Clooney have been lavish with their praise for their daughter-in-law-to-be. "She's a lawyer, she is brilliant, she is a very bright woman and at the very top of her career," Nina Clooney said.

Amal is stunningly beautiful and obviously very smart, but what is her secret? Not only is she engaged to the former 'most eligible bachelor in the world' but she has her future mother-in-law fawning over her. Either would have been spectacular, but both?

Nature abhors a vacuum and no sooner had George removed himself from the market, he was replaced with Britain's fourth in line to the throne, Prince Harry. Hot on the heels of speculation about Harry proposing to girlfriend of two years, Cressida Bonas, they've instead "amicably" uncoupled. Whether Harry and Cressida recouple or not, the smart money is still on him making it up the aisle long before George. Apparently Harry's next unofficial engagement is at a wedding in the US. Remember what happened in Vegas, Harry - don't do anything you wouldn't want Cressy, or the entire world, to see. At least not near a camera phone.

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