George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin NOT Planning Downton Abbey Wedding

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By Daniel Gates


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Are George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin having a “Downton Abbey” wedding? A number of outlets have picked up a Daily Mail report claiming the engaged couple recently visited Highclere Castle, the famed property where the hit drama primarily films, and they’ve “zeroed in” on the countryside estate as a wedding venue.

The Mail explains that Alamuddin “adores” the show, and “fell in love with the castle and its spectacular grounds.”Gossip Cop’s first inkling that this story was false arose when we read the following “quote” from a so-called “source” for the Mail.

“George became close friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Crawley, when they did Monuments Men together last year. And they really hit it off. He contacted Hugh and asked him to arrange a private tour of the castle. Amal was blown away. When he saw his bride-to-be’s reaction to the spectacular Victorian castle, set on 1,000 acres of parkland, he began making some discrete inquires about having their wedding performed there. And he was told they would be most happy to accommodate them!”

Yeah… people don’t actually talk like that. Except when they’re “sources” for places like the Daily Mail, which for some reason feels the need to stick lengthy, stilted exposition into someone’s mouth. Our second inkling that this story was made-up came when we read the other major “quote” in the piece:

“George loves the idea of marrying at the castle, because it’s a glamorous place he could secure. And the same way Kanye West and Kim’s wedding guests were given a private tour of The Palace of Versailles, a private tour of not only the castle and grounds, but of the famous Egyptian Antique Exhibition in the Castle cellars could be arranged.”

Um, does it seem more like that George Clooney is seriously taking wedding inspiration from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian… or that an outlet would try to draw a weird connection between them just because Kimye has been dominating the news? Exactly.

Also, quick alert to the Mail: West and Kardashian did NOT actually get married at Versailles, so we’re not sure what their tour of that venue has to do with Clooney’s alleged interest in Highclere. Maybe the outlet should check with its “sources” on that one. Anyway, Gossip Cop reached out to a rep for Clooney to look into this weak story. It’s “fabricated,” we’re told exclusively. Also, Gossip Cop has learned Alamuddin wasn’t even at Highclere with Clooney. Oops.

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