Theory: George & Amal Clooney attended the royal wedding because of Casamigos

Amal Clooney, George Clooney arrive for the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle

Despite all of the theories floated around, I still have zero clue as to why Amal and George Clooney were invited to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and why they were given such prime-location seating. Some of you suggested that Meghan and Amal know each other from their work at the United Nations… which, no, I seriously doubt that. Some suggested that George was invited because he spoke out against the tabloid press in the 1990s. Which would be a really weird reason to invite someone to your intimate wedding. I did enjoy the theory that George and Amal donated some major money to one of Harry’s big patronages, and in exchange, they got the invitation that way, a sort of tit-for-tat, pay-to-play thing. That makes more sense than anything else. But here’s another theory, one that I just came up with: what if George was invited as some kind of liquor sponsorship??

Having George Clooney at your party is always a good way to liven things up. The two-time Oscar winner isn’t just a great actor, a talented director, a dedicated father and a passionate humanitarian — he also knows how to pour a mean drink, which is apparently a skill he showed off during the exclusive royal wedding reception.

A source tells ET that the 57-year-old movie star briefly served as a bartender for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the star-studded reception, held at Frogmore House in Windsor, England, on Saturday evening.

“George hopped behind the bar and was actually bartending for a bit,” the source said. “He poured Casamigos drinks and shots and got everyone dancing!”

Clooney and longtime friend Rande Gerber — husband of Cindy Crawford — co-founded the Casamigos Tequilla brand in 2013, before recently selling it to English Alcohol company Diageo last year for a princely $700 million.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

It’s just too much… and if it was done with Harry and Meghan’s knowledge, this is tacky AF. You don’t shill your tequila brand AT THE ROYAL WEDDING. Why was Casamigos even on hand at the bar? It’s Windsor Castle – surely, the liquor on hand would have been British-labeled whiskeys and gins, maybe some good-quality vodkas. But seriously, imagine that: imagine that George and Amal were invited to the wedding because of some kind of tacky Casamigos sponsorship of the wedding after-party. Here’s another wrinkle: Princess Eugenie’s fiance Jack Brooksbank is an “ambassador” for Casamigos. What if all this time, George and Amal’s tenuous connection to Harry and Meg wasn’t some high-minded UN program or charity, but a connection to the fiance of Prince Harry’s cousin, whom they pay to shill Casamigos in the nightclub he manages?

Amal Clooney, George Clooney arrive for the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle

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  1. Lala says:

    With the cost of things…income streams from different sources ain’t a joke….so I’m not mad!

  2. Emmet says:

    Oh, ick (waiting for the Gossip Cop retraction)

    Have had the Repesado Casamigos, awful swill.
    Had heartburn for hours.

    (were there any photos of the couples speaking to each other?
    still think this was all pay for play on the Clooneys’ side)

  3. Zondie says:

    Did he only pour his own brand? Or did he accommodate other requests?

  4. minx says:

    Honestly, I don’t get it either. But there must have been some connection, somewhere, sometime.

  5. RedOnTheHead says:

    I’ve been pretty neutral on these two, they never really bothered me one way or the other. And I never got all the breathless adulation of Amal. But that video of them walking to the chapel; just no. I don’t think I’ve ever been so turned off by one person than I was by her. The strutting, the look at me vibe coming off of her. It felt to me that she really set out to upstage the bride and I really hated that.

  6. Jker says:

    Stella McCartney. Lainey had the most believable theory I’ve read so far.

    I believe our girl Meghan is strategizing her future and I love her for it.

    • Pia says:

      Explain? Did Lainey explain Amal’s presence in her podcast? If so can you summarize here, thanks!

      • KBB says:

        I’m not sure about Lainey specifically, but the general Stella McCartney angle is that she used Stella to meet celebrities like Oprah and Amal. Meghan’s second dress was Stella and Oprah and Amal were both dressed by her for the wedding. She knew Stella McCartney had a lot of A list celebrity connections, so she networked through her.

    • C. Remm says:

      This explanation does not make sense to me. Meghan does not have to use anybody to get in contact with celebrities. It is her that everbody will be seeking contact with, she does not have to move a little finger to meet any of them. I believe, that Baria got in contact with the Kensington Palace and said, that her daughter and son in law would like to contribute a large sum to the charities of Harry and Meghan, but would like in return to attend the wedding. Then they negotiated a little bit and maybe they agreed that for the sum of 100.000,- Pound to each Charity they could sit in the choir section of the Chapel. I think 700.000,- Pounds are justified for giving the illusion that you move in these circles. You also have to think about the future of the Clooney kids, best to get these connections as early as possible.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think she means prior to the engagement/wedding?

      • C. Remm says:

        I don’t think that Meghan was of interest to the Alamuddin Clan prior to the engagement.

      • MRsBump says:

        seriously ? Baria, a little known newscaster got in touch with Kensington Palace on behalf of George Clooney ??
        why must it always be the women who are conniving social climbers? I’m sure that if George wanted to attend, he would have had his own people make the phone call.

        How about this conspiracy theory : Meghan and Harry were too cheap to buy their own booze and wanted George to supply it for free :)

        OR … how abt that Meghan and Amal met each other and got along like a house on fire and since Megs had plenty of seats available since her family are jerks, gave Amal an invite ? too far fetched for you ?

  7. Ruyana says:

    Can I just say I find George Clooney to be absolutely juvenile? He’s always pulling “practical jokes” on his friends and I hate his constant mugging. Why must he always make faces? He just seems to me like he never really outgrew his adolescence.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Oh I hope this is the case of alcohol that sparks some controversy! I’ll lmao with every written word. Their sanctimony is overwhelming and this tacky move is perfection.

  9. Meg says:

    She’s so thirsty for attention. I get the feeling Clooney made a huge mistake here. Everything happened so quickly. I wonder if he regrets his choice in wife

  10. kate says:

    If it’s true, it’s a very tacky move for a couple who wants to be seen as above it all. Lmao. Also, can we stop with the “intimate wedding” nonsense? JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s nuptials in front of 35 guests were intimate, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Brangelina… yes.
    But this was a 600-person wedding with three different events that was shown worlwide on live TV and social media. This is not intimate by any means, except if you consider the Brits have an intimate knowledge of it, having paid part of it.

    • MousieBrown says:

      It’s all relative. None of the couples you mention are anywhere near of national interest or relevance, while this is a royal wedding, no matter what you may think of royalty.

      Compared to a royal wedding in London at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, this was intimate.

      • BrandyAlexander says:

        Uh, what? JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessett Kennedy definitely had the national interest/relevance that this couple have.

      • Christin says:

        JFK Jr. was as well-known in the US as Diana or any Royal ever was.

      • kate says:

        What?!! JFR Jr was as big as Diana back in the day. Look at the paparazzis that were waiting for them when they came back from their honeymoon and the photographers that were constantly following Carolyn after her wedding (way more than Meghan or Kate during their courtships). That’s actually the reason why they had such a small, private wedding in a remote island off Georgia.
        And whatever you think of them, from a strict level of public interest, I think Brad and Angelina were very close to Harry and Meghan.

  11. Frosty says:

    I really enjoyed the wedding, but I’m not so naive to think the business of being royals doesn’t include supporting British brands wherever they can. It’s no different than wearing british designers, etc. It seems tacky since it made the “papers”, because Clooney. Or, rather, the tacky is revealed.

  12. Taxi says:

    Yes, George likes jokes but he’s also very loyal to his friends. Not too long ago he had a lunch for 10-12 old friends, some from decades ago, & gave each $100,000 with taxes prepaid. Just sharing the good fortunes.

  13. Jayna says:

    You didn’t name the one I read, which rings true. Amal and Meghan were introduced by a mutual friend. They hit it off and became friendly enough that it was Amal who recommended her hairdresser to Meghan. Meghan is new in London. Maybe out of all the people she met , Amal was someone she clicked with. I bet George and Amal have had them over to their home, etc. George is a lot of fun, so Harry would get along great with him. George is someone who is very gracious and shows interest in people he’s just met, which would make Meghan feel at ease with them as a couple. Plus, George is American, so there’s a familiarity. Hell, I would love to be George’s friend. There’s never been one person who hasn’t said what an amazing friend and/or host George is.

    I get it. Obama and Michelle are friends with George. Obama even went to George’s home in England to see the babies. Obama and Michelle I think are pretty discerning in the type of people they enjoy spending time with. That’s another connection. Harry/Michelle and Obama, Obama/George..

    It’s hard as a couple to find another couple you click with. Meghan clicked with Amal and luckily George is someone easy going enough that he and Harry get along Bingo. Couples dates. Plus you add in the humanitarian portion of it.

  14. MousyB says:

    This seems like a stretch…

    • Skylark says:

      Much as I dislike the Clooneys and their vulgar attention-seeking ways, I very much doubt this theory.

      What is possible though is that Clooney, possibly as a wedding gift, gave the newly weds a couple of crates of Casamigos for the evening reception.

      • KBB says:

        I can see this. I can see him bringing them Casamigos and serving up shots of it probably solely so he could leak it afterwards for publicity. The sales determine part of his cut, so he’s still pushing it despite having sold ownership. He waited a few days to be respectful and then had his people call up Entertainmet Tonight.

      • Affirmation says:

        KBB, +1. Looks like this is his midlife crisis (for relevance) playing out and it seems to be at an excruciatingly slow speed.

  15. jetlagged says:

    Their car was kept waiting at the gates to Frogmore for ten minutes before being allowed in (so says the Daily Mail). It tickles me to think they bluffed their way in to both the ceremony and reception. I know, I know, there is no real-world way they could have done it, but still.

  16. Becks1 says:

    Their invite is so weird to me because it was such a PRIME invite. And they were invited to the after party as well – with only 200 people? I cant see Harry and Meghan giving up a spot that could be taken by a friend or family member for George to pour tequila at a private event.

  17. MissMarierose says:

    I doubt this is the reason, but I don’t have a better explanation.
    I do, however, think the invitation was last minute, based on the fact that Clooney was wearing a regular suit instead of a morning coat. If the invitation had been in the works for months, surely he would have been appropriately dressed.

  18. MaryRose says:

    My 2 cents. George worked in the Sudan for years, until Amal made him stop going because of the danger. The care and concern for Africa is a strong bond to Harry. Amal has always represented the underdog. She has always given back. Couple that with Meghan’s habit of collecting rich and powerful friends with each new phase in her life, it makes sense. Plus, George gave Eugenie’s intended a great job. As a brand ambassador he’s out of the bar in a cushy job. All that got them a inner circle seat. IMHO.

  19. ladida says:

    Whatever the reason, it was not a good decision. Amal and whatshisname made this look budget.

  20. Leigh says:

    I finally figured out who Amal looks like/reminds me of- Alaska the drag queen! I was getting especially strong vibes based off on how Amal walked/posed during the royal wedding. Now I can’t unsee it!

  21. tearose11 says:

    Eh they went because Amal is thirsty as is George. Amal reached out to Meghan simply for this reason: score an invite.

  22. Mads says:

    Finally saw the video of Amal walking into the church. So embarrassing. What was with that strut as if she were the one who was royal. I know a lot of top knot has professional women in their field and she is an embarrassment to them.

  23. Aqua says:

    I can’t believe all the traction George and Amal are getting for being at the wedding.Their is no theory to speculate about here. They are both friend of the couple so they got an invite.

  24. Truthie says:

    Oh hells bells, this was not an invite about liquor! Of course Meghan has had plenty of opportunities to network in her new home country. Yes, through Stella McCartney and probably many others. George is a fellow expat over there and he is a real “get” if you want to have a fun party. His Lake Como parties, Cabo parties and his guest-lists are the stuff of legend. (See his story about getting Walter Cronkite, David Gergen, Charlie Rose, Evan Rachel Wood & Marisa Tomei to skinny dip one time at Lake Como.) He is connected in ways we are not going to know about or will ever know about. He likes tequila enough to bottle his own recipe but he sold the brand for a pile of money – but it’s still the recipe he liked enough to distill it on his own. For people like George and Oprah and Serena, this party was a “get” for them too. None of them were doing it for money, they have enough and are not going to sully any of their brands.

  25. Nothingtoseehere says:

    According to Page Six :-) you nailed it.

  26. Keekmojo says:

    This wouldn’t surprise me. The party planner for the Queen gave an interview on Sky News, and when the interviewer said “the evening reception is being paid for by Prince Charles” the woman remained silent but made a face that indicated that wasn’t really the case. She declined to elaborate out of discretion. The recent bio of Charles covers the many, many times he gets others to pay for things — he’s basically a “pay to play” kinda guy– he sells access to himself, seats at his table or next to him at events, etc to the highest bidders. He even sold seats to William’s wedding. So him having the Clooney’s “donate” to Harry’s wedding would not surprise anyone.

  27. Jag says:

    That dress color is so bright that George’s face and suit are partly yellow. Yuck!

    If it’s true that this was a brand thing, it is incredibly tacky.

  28. Suki says:

    I am so glad others are talking about A at the wedding as my sis in law told me off for pointing out that A looked snarky and unapproachable. She seems utterly full of herself and very pompous. It’s odd that I have such a strong reaction to her, but I can’t STAND her and for me, that’s not common.