George Clooney turns down Prince Harry invite to motorcycle rideLifestyle
George Clooney is celebrating his 60th birthday and is still one of the most sought after celebrities in Hollywood when it comes to friends and acquaintances, Mirror reported.
It has been previously reported that when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relocated to California, it was the Clooneys and the Obamas they had set their sights on being part of their friendship circle.
George and wife Amal were among the guests at the Sussexes wedding in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, three years ago, but it has since been suggested that they "didn't know" the royal couple that well before they accepted the invitation to witness the nuptials.
This has been dismissed by a new biography on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom, which states that they had enjoyed the company of the Clooneys on a number of occasions.
While it might be thought that being a member of the Royal Family can mean that it is difficult to have requests turned down but George is one of the few to have done just that.
The book claims that just months after the wedding, the Sussexes were flown over to the Clooneys' £100million villa at Lake Como, Italy.
George had reportedly arranged for the couple to be flown over in his private jet from London to Milan where they were collected by an unmarked car and driven to the Clooneys' property.
Harry and George have a shared love of motorbikes and the Duke was hoping to go for a trip out with the Hollywood star for a ride around the idyllic countryside near the villa.
Unfortunately for Harry, his desire to ride out together had to be turned down as prior to their visit in August 2018, George was hospitalized by a motorbike accident in Sardinia and he was still recovering.
George had been filming TV series Catch-22, when he was injured in the crash but, fortunately, his condition was not life-threatening, and he could recuperate at his lakeside villa.
While Meghan and Amal "spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool," Harry admired the Hollywood star's motorbike collection and eventually headed out on one, with George having to stay behind.
In the book, it claims: "Harry took one of them out with one of his protection officers.
"George recently had an accident, so he wasn't back on his bike yet.
"The Duke and Duchess weren't the only guests that weekend.
"Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, were already at the villa when Harry and Meghan arrived, their visits overlapping briefly."