George Clooney is standing up for his friend Meghan Markle. While promoting his upcoming Hulu series Catch-22, Clooney slammed the way Meghan has been treated since joining the royal family and compared her experience to that of the late 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.
On a much lighter note, Clooney, who attended Meghan and Prince Harry‘s May wedding with wife Amal Clooney, did reveal whether or not he will be the new royal baby’s godfather. “Oh yes, I’ll be godfather of the royals apparently,” Clooney told reporters before clarifying he was joking with an emphatic, “No!” “I’m a father of twins, I have enough sh– to deal with—literally!” Clooney said, according to the outlet.
Clooney isn’t the only close friend of Meghan to come to her defense. After maintaining their silence for nearly two years, five women who form an essential part of Meghan’s inner circle spoke with People to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend,” says a longtime friend and former costar.
“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” her former costar says in PEOPLE’s cover story last week. With Meghan and Harry expecting their first child this spring, “we worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,” adds the costar. “It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”
Despite the dramatic changes in her life, Meghan’s friends say she’s remained true to herself. A friend from L.A. recalls visiting Kensington Palace’s Nottingham cottage, sharing,
“When you see her at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that’s Meg,” says her former costar. “That’s how she crouches down with our kids at home. That’s how she plays with them. That’s how she engages with people and how she always has.”
Clooney’s Catch-22, which he also executive produces, airs on Hulu starting May 17th. All six episodes—including the two he directed—will be available to watch all at once. The series also stars Christopher Abbott, who got his start on HBO’s Girls, as the main character, John Yossarian, and Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights, who plays Colonel Cathcart.