No less in the public eye than her husband, this week Mrs Amal Clooney was in the headlines on her own account, standing in a courtroom at the International Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg before an international bench of judges, wearing black lawyer’s robes and “falling bands”, the two plain linen rectangles that cover the shirt collar.
The subject was one of vast importance: the mass murder of some 1.5 million Armenians during the First World War – long regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century, but which her antagonist in the case, Dogu Perincek, chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party, claims was nothing of the sort.
By 2010 he had successfully obtained his bachelors degree in neuroscience from the University of California Riverside in San Diego, graduating in the top one per cent of his class.
He initially applied to continue his studies at the University of Illinois, bizarrely submitting with his CV a photograph of himself with a llama.
A source at Channel 4 said: 'Rachel missed the occasional problem, but it was nerves.