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George Clooney Comes to Meghan Markle’s Defense, Says She’s Been Unfairly ‘Vilified’

George Clooney has a message for the world: Lay off Meghan Markle! Per Australia’s Who magazine, he shared these strong sentiments about the now-Duchess of Sussex while promoting his upcoming Hulu series Catch-22.

“… [T]hey’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” he reportedly told the magazine, comparing her plight to that of Princess Diana. “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.”

Alluding to Diana’s fate, Clooney added, “We’ve seen how that ends.”

In 1997, Diana tragically died after the car she was in crashed inside a tunnel in Paris. It is widely rumored the paparazzi was hounding the car at the time, causing the fatal accident (the British police also alleged at the time that Diana’s driver, Henri Paul, was driving intoxicated).

Since officially becoming a member of the royal family in May 2018, Meghan has been under intense scrutiny by the media, the paparazzi and people — often in her own family — selling unflattering stories about her to various outlets.

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In particular, Clooney referenced a deeply personal letter Meghan allegedly wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, that was published by the Daily Mail on Feb. 9. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is, just seeing them broadcast a letter from a daughter to a father,” said Clooney. “She’s getting a raw deal there and I think it’s irresponsible and I’m surprised by that.”

Clooney isn’t the only friend of Meghan’s tired of sitting idly by while she endures this sort of behavior, either.

Just last week, speaking on the condition of anonymity, five of Meghan’s closest friends came forward to speak with People in her defense. “Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” said the sources, who sought to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about [their] friend.”

Contrary to the reports circulating about Meghan being a diva, her friends insisted she was extremely down-to-earth. According to them, she cooks the meals that she and her husband, Prince Harry, eat. They say she also does her own hair, nails and makeup.

The women expressed their concern over the undue stress Meghan is being placed under, especially given the fact that she is expecting her first child in the spring. “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant,” the sources lamented.

And while Clooney’s comments to Who make it clear he’s also concerned for Meghan in light of her pregnancy, he won’t be worrying in an official capacity, so to speak. When asked whether he would be the new royal offspring’s godfather, Clooney facetiously replied, “Oh yes, I’ll be godfather of the royals apparently,” before emphatically clarifying, “No!”

Having welcomed children Ella and Alexander into the world in June 2017, Clooney joked he has just about all he can handle. “I’m a father of twins, I have enough shit to deal with — literally!”

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