Sure, George and Amal Clooney certainly brought a major dose of star (and style) power to Harry and Meghan’s wedding guest list, but now that the white rose arches had been packed away, the Diptyque wedding scent has faded and our royal mania has subsided (slightly), we’re left wondering: why exactly were the Hollywood star and the international human rights lawyer actually there?
Even the most seemingly random of Saturday’s guests did, upon further investigation, actually had very legitimate reasons behind their invites. The Noughties’ premier purveyors of easy listening, James Blunt and Joss Stone, for example, are close friends of the Prince, the former having served in the army alongside him and the latter through her charity work with Sentebale, the foundation which Harry co-founded with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso (though we’re still unravelling the mystery of Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford – perhaps Meghan is a fan of mid-tempo tunes played on a banjo).
The ‘origin story’ of Amal and George’s royal connection, however, seemed a little more tenuous: Meghan and Amal are said to have bonded over their mutual humanitarianism since the now-Duchess of Sussex swapped Canada for Kensington Palace, and even to have shared a hairdresser, Miguel Perez of Chelsea’s Sloane Salon, for a time. But is this enough to merit a wedding invite, when so many members of Harry’s family were so publicly snubbed?
We can, of course, only speculate, but this plot hole in an otherwise seamless royal fairy tale has us searching for answers in unusual places, namely gossip site Celebitchy, which has launched an intriguing (albeit controversial) theory about the Clooneys' attendance. First, they point out that sourced reports of Mr. Clooney briefly moonlighting as a bartender at the Frogmore House evening reception seem a little… coincidental. ‘George hopped behind the bar and was actually bartending for a bit. He poured Casamigos drinks and shots and got everyone dancing!’ says one such news piece from Entertainment Tonight, neglecting to explain exactly why this royal property had been conveniently stocked with Clooney’s own brand of tequila. But, they go on to argue, what if Clooney’s tequila was precisely the reason the couple snagged an invite?
See all the guests at the royal wedding as they arrived in the gallery below...
Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer
Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.
Could Amal and George really have been invited in the capacity of official tequila providers for Prince Harry’s Mahiki-esque after-party? Stranger things have happened – and, as Celebitchy points out, Princess Eugenie’s fiancé Jack Brooksbank, himself a former manager at Mahiki and a friend of Harry from their time on London’s #partylad circuit, is currently a brand ambassador for… Casamigos tequila! Of course, this could all be entirely coincidental: Amal and Meghan might have forged a firm friendship over a mutual love of humanitarian causes and having great hair. But the question we really want answered is, should Harry and Meghan have children, will said children receive Casamigos onesies?