George Clooney Defends Meghan Markle and Compares Public Scrutiny to Princess Diana's

 eonline.com  2/12/2019 2:14:00 PM   Samantha Schnurr
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George Clooney has come to Meghan Markle's defense. 

While speaking at a panel for his upcoming series, Catch-22 on Monday, the Oscar winner's friendship with the former American star and now Duchess of Sussex came up when he joked about a report that suggested he would be godfather to her first child with Prince Harry. The actor then turned more serious as he remembered recent press on the past actress. 

"I do want to say, I just saw this piece...They're just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere. She's been pursued and vilified," he said. "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." 

Clooney continued, "I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see that...you're taking a letter from a daughter to a father and broadcasting it everywhere."

Clooney was referencing a letter published in the press over the weekend, alleged to be written by Markle in August 2018 to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. In the letter, the mother-to-be purportedly expressed her frustrations and heartbreak over his behavior and allegedly inaccurate public comments. E! News has not verified the letter's authenticity. 

"She's getting a raw deal there. It's irresponsible," Clooney added. "I'm sort of surprised by that." 

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, 2019 Endeavour Fund Awards

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While his and wife Amal Clooney's relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been kept private, the Hollywood A-listers did attend the royals' May wedding. 

In August 2018, the newlyweds reportedly visited the fellow famous parents at their waterfront villa in Lake Como, Italy. As for taking on godparent duties to their little one, who is due in the spring, the Clooneys are busy on diaper duty of their own.

"No, I'm now a father of twins, I've got enough s--t," the dad to 1-year-old Alexander and Ella joked. "Literally, literally s--t."

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