Dame Helen Mirren heaps of praise for Meghan and Harry

Dame Helen Mirren, 74, claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the ‘absolutely right’ choice to step down as senior royals – but says ‘charming and gracious’ Duchess will be a loss to the public

Dame Helen Mirren said she ‘applauds’ the Duke and Duchess of SussexShe called Meghan  ‘a fantastic addition to the royal family’ in a new interviewActress, 74, won an Oscar for her 2006 big-screen role as The Queen 

Dame Helen Mirren has said she ‘applauds’ the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to stop carrying out official royal duties.

The London-born actress, 74, who won an Oscar for her 2006 big-screen role as the Queen, said Meghan was ‘a fantastic addition to the royal family’ and said that their choice to step down as senior royals would be a loss to the public. 

However, she told Variety: ‘I think their instincts are absolutely right, and I applaud them for it. Hugely actually. Of course, it is complicated.’

Dame Helen Mirren said she ‘applauds’ the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to stop carrying out official royal duties. She is pictured at the Berlin Film Festival, yesterday

‘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…

‘So, I think it is a loss in a way, but at the same time I think their instincts are absolutely correct.

It comes as another A-lister, David Beckham told of how ‘he’s proud’ of his ‘amazing’ friend Prince Harry following his marriage to Meghan Markle and the birth of their nine-month-old son, Archie.

The former England footballer, 44, praised the Duke of Sussex, 35, for ‘growing up’ amid his decision to step back back as a senior royal and relocate to Canada. 

The Sussexes recently dropped plans to use the brand 'SussexRoyal' after conceding that the word 'royal' could not be used following their decision to leave the monarchy. They are pictured in Johannesburg in October

The Sussexes recently dropped plans to use the brand ‘SussexRoyal’ after conceding that the word ‘royal’ could not be used following their decision to leave the monarchy. They are pictured in Johannesburg in October



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