The actor, 57, told a British morning show that she was just trying to “live her life,” but had to contend with “unkind” commentary and “unjust” media attention.
Speaking in Scotland, where he and wife Amal had received a donation for their foundation, he told Good Morning Britain: “I think it’s a little unfair at times when – 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 [Meghan] hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life.”
He added that the Duchess of Sussex, who is eight months pregnant, is “a really kind and smart and intelligent young woman.”
George also praised Meghan and Prince Harry as a “really wonderful, loving couple.”
“Most of it you can just shrug off and not pay attention to, but sometimes it’s unkind,” the star said.
‘It seemed a little unjust, she hasn’t done anything except live her life - she’s a really kind, intelligent woman.’— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 15, 2019
George Clooney has told @GMB Meghan and Harry are a 'fun couple' and says Meghan's treatment has been ‘a little unfair’.
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The Clooneys attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in May 2018 – and Amal also helped organize the Duchess of Sussex’s recent baby shower in New York City, flying her home on her private jet.
Earlier this year, the actor compared some of the treatment the Duchess of Sussex had endured to that received by Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
“They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” Clooney told reporters at a press panel, according to Australia’s 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,” Clooney said, Who magazine reported, in reference to Princess Diana’s fatal car crash in 1997 during which she was being chased by paparazzi.
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George and Amal were among the guests at a special gala at Buckingham Palace this week for one of Prince Charles‘ charities – and the actor and director joked to the morning show that royal grandfather Charles was something of a party animal!
“Charles got really crazy and started dancing on the tables…I was surprised to see that. He had such good dance moves. Sir Tom Jones sang which was fun,” Clooney said. “It was actually a really great night.”