Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s friends George and Amal Clooney today proved they’re not taking sides in the fall out between the Montecito couple and the Windsors today by showing their support for King Charles.
The Hollywood actor, 62 and his British-Lebanese wife, 45, put on a very stylish display, as they made their way inside the Prince’s Trust And TKMaxx & Homesense Awards 2023 in Central London.
Today’s event rewards the incredible achievements of young people across the UK who have completed the Prince’s Trust programmes and are now thriving, with the charity being a key stone of the King’s life’s work.
The couple attended Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018 in Windsor, even though they later reportedly admitted they ‘didn’t know’ the royals well at the time, but at some point along the line they became firm friends with Amal among the select group of friends at Meghan’s baby shower in New York a year later.
According to the biography Finding Freedom the two couples holidayed together weeks after the royal wedding, but it’s unclear how close the foursome still are.
The Hollywood actor, 62 and the Lebanese and British barrister, 45, put on a very stylish display, she in a cream jumpsuit, he in a finely tailored grey suit and sunglasses, as they made their way inside the Prince’s Trust And TKMaxx & Homesense Awards 2023 in Central London today
George and Amal, who are reportedly among the Duke and Duchess of Sussex circle of A-list friends looked relaxed as they posed for pictures on the red carpet
The barrister and her husband were among the 600 who were invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding in Windsor, pictured
At the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, the couple were given a ‘prime pew’ next to Lady Carolyn Warren, who is married to John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock adviser, and opposite Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley.
Surprisingly, it was later reported that the pair told other guests they didn’t know the happy couple well at all, according to Rachel Johnson.
In 2020, it emerged that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan,’ Johnson wrote in online publication AirMail at the time. ‘”We don’t,” the Clooneys answered brightly.’
Carolyn, who attended the wedding with husband William, is Harry’s godmother and was one of three young women who shared Diana’s Earl’s Court flat and was privy to the secret when she first met Charles.
George and Amal caused a stir when they arrived at the royal wedding and were among the exclusive 200-strong guest list invited to party the night away at Frogmore House. George is said to have danced with both Meghan and Kate Middleton, 39.
Today, Amal was the picture of glam in her wide-legged cream jumpsuit, while George looked dapper in a grey suit with a matching shirt
The pair put on a stylish display, with Amal looking particularly elegant in a grew jumpsuit with black accessories
George channeled his best Hollywood glam in a grey suit and matching shirt as he took to the red carpet sunglasses on
Since the wedding, there have been conflicting reports about how well the Clooneys knew the couple.
Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography, claimed the Clooneys hosted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on at least two occasions at their British home in Sonning, in Oxfordshire.
The book added that Harry and Meghan brought their dogs with them, and that George and Amal loved to take friends out by the lake.
‘There, they had a secluded decked area and inside was a lounge decorated with traditional club wood paneling, heavy drapes, dark velvets, plush chairs, and a bar.’
The biography also claimed the Clooneys invited the royals to join them at Lake Como just weeks after the royal wedding, flying out on George’s private jet.
The pair made a A-list entrance and held hands all the way down the red carpet while chatting with photographers
The couple posed with famed MUA Charlotte Tilbury and Amal’s mother Baria Alamuddin, right, who accompanied them to the event
Ocean 11’s star George put on an animated display for the camera, leading Amal to the red carpet
An united front! The parents-of-two remained close to each other as they struck a pose ahead of the event
George, Amal, Baria and Charlotte Tilbury all looked effortlessly glamourous at today’s event in London
George was spotted horsing around with Devil Wears Prada actor Stanley Tucci, who looked dapper in a checked grey suit
During the three-day visit, a source said, ‘Meghan and Amal spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and playing with the twins while George and Harry checked out George’s motorbike collection. Harry took one of them out with one of his protection officers. George recently had an accident, so he wasn’t back on his bike yet.”
‘The duke and duchess weren’t the only guests that weekend. Eugenie and her fiance, Jack Brooksbank, were already at the villa when Harry and Meghan arrived, their visits overlapping briefly.’
Meanwhile, Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie also revealed in an interview with Good Morning America that Harry and George had bonded over their love of motorcycles and also played basketball together.
The book also revealed that Amal hired a private jet to fly Meghan home from her New York baby shower in February 2019.
In 2018, an insider told People magazine that ‘Meghan and Amal have known each other for a while [and share] many interests,’ adding that the barrister had helped the actress settle into her London life.
When asked about their friendship in an interview with the Mail in 2019, George was vague about how he first got to know the couple, saying: ‘I’ve just known them.’
He added: ‘We live not too far from one another and we have dinners and stuff and we’re friends with them for all the reasons that you’re friends with anybody.
‘They’re just really nice, fun, kind people, they’re a very loving couple, and they’re going to be great parents.’