George Clooney hopes to meet royal baby Archie during London tour while promoting 'Catch-22'
Speaking at the premiere of the dark comedy Wednesday evening, the 58-year-old actor joked that Meghan Markle and Harry's royal baby has "stolen his thunder" as the duo share the same birthday, May 6
Actor George Clooney, who boasts of a close friendship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and him and wife Amal Clooney, revealed his hopes of meeting the royal couple's newborn baby boy Archie during his fleeting London trip, where he is promoting his latest miniseries 'Catch-22'.
Speaking at the premiere of the dark comedy on Wednesday evening, the 58-year-old actor joked that Meghan Markle and Harry's royal baby has "stolen his thunder" as the duo share the same birthday, May 6. When asked whether he would be seeing baby Archie while in London, the screen star said: "I hope so, that would be nice."
In true comic fashion, the screen-star poked fun at the pair's common birthday during another interview where he told presenter Jenni Falconer: "Baby Archie has stolen my thunder!" As previously reported, Meghan and Harry welcomed their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world earlier this month.
While speculations about the Ocean's Eleven star and his 41-year-old wife being baby Archie's godparents are still on the rise, the actor previously admitted he doesn't want to be the child's godfather. The 'ER' star said being a supporting figure in baby Archie's life at his christening later this year would be a "bad idea".
George, who shares 23-month-old twins Alexander and Ella with wife Amal, said during a recent appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live': "That would be a bad idea. I shouldn't be the [godfather]. I'm a father of twins I can barely do that." When asked if he would turn down the role if it was offered to him, the Hollywood star replied: "I'm not going to be the godfather. I promise you that. I'm fairly sure."
The Ocean's Twelve star also spoke fondly of his pal Meghan after news of the Duchess giving birth to a baby boy traveled across media platforms, and said he hoped the media will be gentler on Meghan after she gave birth to baby Archie. "I think people should be a little kinder. She's a young woman who just had a baby, you know?" he said at the time.
At the premiere of his new Hulu series, the Hollywood star said the media scrutiny will likely intensify now that the baby has arrived. He conceded that some of that comes with the royal territory. "If you're a royal, that's what you have to do," he said. "It's the other versions of it: Going to interview people's parents, that kind of stuff. It starts to step into a really dark place."
George and his lawyer wife Amal attended the royal wedding last year, and Amal was one of the guests at Meghan's baby shower held earlier this year. The actor has been outspoken in his defense of Markle, a former actress and an American, who has been the subject of harsh gossip in some British tabloids and publications.