The Times view on George Clooney's defence of Meghan: Royal Restraint


George Clooney said Tuesday that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is being "pursued and vilified and chased" by the media the same way her husband's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was before her death.

If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop.

Last week, Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, leaked a letter from his daughter to the press in which the Duchess implored Thomas to stop discussing their private life with the media.

Clooney, 57, addressed the rumours he's going to be the royal baby's godfather.

Diana died in a vehicle crash while being pursued by paparazzi in 1997.

"We've seen how that ends", Clooney continued.

"While the goal of Meghan's letter was very much to fix the relationship with her father, she knew in her heart of hearts that this was going to be released to the papers", he said. Clooney, a friend of the duchess, complained that she was "being pursued and vilified and chased in the..." The former actress pulled her hair back in a classy low bun.

In a 2017 BBC documentary, William described paparazzi who followed her as "a pack of dogs" that "followed her, chased her, harassed her, called her names, spat at her, trying to get a reaction, to get that photograph of her lashing out".

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An unnamed friend of Los Angeles-born Meghan told U.S. magazine People: 'He's never called; he's never texted.

The letter's existence was revealed when five of Meghan's pals anonymously spoke out to defend pregnant Meghan, 37, saying she had tried reaching out to her dad but instead been met with a request to do a photo shoot together.

Thomas Markle Snr says the letter was sent by his daughter.

GEORGE CLOONEY has spoken out in support of Meghan Markle.

In the note, Meghan also told of her hurt at Samantha's "lies".

She explained how he had broken her heart "into a million pieces" by giving interviews to the press, attacking Prince Harry and fabricating stories.

The former Hollywood lighting director, who lives in Mexico, said that he never meant to make the handwritten letter public "out of respect for Meghan" - but says he has been forced to do so now because its contents have been falsely portrayed.