One of this week's tabloids claims George Clooney and Meghan Markle had a "secret fling" several years ago. There's no truth to the story. Gossip Cop can debunk it.

On more than one occasion over the past couple of months, the movie star has defended the Duchess of Sussex in interviews. In February, Clooney adamantly asserted that Markle was being unfairly "vilified" by the press, and in a subsequent interview he called her "a really kind and smart and intelligent young woman." According to NW, the reason the actor is speaking so fondly of the royal is that they share a romantic history.

"George and Meghan are great friends, but the way that he's so publicly stood up for her recently makes it seem like they could have some kind of a past," an alleged "insider" tells the magazine. The supposed source adds, "After all, Meg would be exactly George's type. She's beautiful and wants to make the world a better place. Plus, she goes after what she wants. She wouldn't have been afraid to make a move on George when they were both single!"

As for when this so-called "fling" would have occurred, the tabloid speculates it went down in early 2013, a few months prior to Clooney meeting his wife Amal and shortly before Markle finalized her divorce from first husband Trevor Engelson. Of course, the unreliable magazine doesn't bother to explain where Clooney and Markle might have met. At the time, the actress was based in Toronto shooting the TV series "Suits."

The suspicious tipster goes on to say Clooney and Markle "laugh about [their fling] now." It's unclear if this means Prince Harry and Amal are aware of the alleged hookup or if their spouses are "laughing about it" behind their backs. It hardly matters, though, considering this is all fiction.

In reality, Clooney met Markle through Prince Harry, who he's been pals with for several years. The actor and the royal struck up a friendship after meeting through their philanthropic work. According to E! News, Prince Harry introduced his wife to George and Amal when they "started getting serious," and the two couples soon "started hanging out regularly." The genesis of Clooney and Markle's relationship can be traced back to Prince Harry. The pair didn't have any sort of "fling" beforehand.

Gossip Cop also checked in with a source close to the situation, who wasn't able to speak on the record, but confirms that the tabloid's report is total nonsense. NW is the same outlet we busted a few months ago for falsely claiming Prince Harry had a "secret love child." The magazine has a habit of alleging that the Duke and Duchess are hiding skeletons in their closets. This latest take on the subject is more lies.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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