Helen Mirren says Harry and Meghan stepping down is a 'loss' to the royal family

Helen Mirren (Photo: Getty Images)
Helen Mirren (Photo: Getty Images)

Helen Mirren, who once played Queen Elizabeth, of course, says Meghan Markle was a "fantastic addition" to the royal family.

In an interview with Variety, The Good Liar star said, "I think their instincts are absolutely right," as she spoke of Harry and Meghan's decision to step back from the royal family. "I applaud them for it. Hugely actually. Of course, it is complicated."

Helen first met and chatted to Prince Harry at the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot in 2014, reports Vanity Fair

"Meghan Markle was a fantastic addition to the royal family – charming, did everything right, was gracious, was sweet-natured, and seemed to be … Wow! What a lovely addition. Didn't seem to be neurotic…" she said.

"So, I think it is a loss in a way, but at the same time, I think their instincts are absolutely correct. And I think it will all, hopefully, sort itself out, and the tabloid pearl-clutchers will get over their trauma at not having someone to attack all the time," she said, before quipping, "They'll find another victim… probably me."

The 74-year-old's comments come as Harry and Meghan wrap up their final round of engagements as senior members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in the UK, but will officially step down of 31 March as their Spring 2020 transition begins.  

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