Fellow Brit Hugh Grant has revealed that he’s firmly in Prince Harry’s corner amid the royal’s decision to step back from his formal duties alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.
The 59-year-old defended the prince’s right to ‘protect his family’ during an interview for Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy show on Sirius XM on Monday.
“I'm rather on Harry's side,” said The Gentlemen star, who was joined by his co-stars Charlie Hunnam and Matthew McConaughey.
Hugh’s fears for Meghan
Hugh went on to draw parallels between the tabloid press’ treatment of former Suits star Meghan and her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
“The tabloid press effectively murdered [Harry’s] mother, now they're tearing his wife to pieces,” he continued.
“I think, as a man, it’s his job to protect his family, so I’m with him”.
Diana was hounded relentlessly by paparazzi in the lead-up to her tragic death following a car accident in a Paris tunnel in 1997.
Hugh has had his own issues with the press in the past, with heavy coverage devoted to his 1995 arrest for lewd conduct alongside sex worker Divine Brown.
The Four Weddings and a Funeral icon has also exposed illegal phone tapping by British tabloids and in 2007, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo, however, charges were later dropped.
He twice won damages in libel lawsuits over tabloid articles about his personal life and describes his relationship to the tabloids as “very poor.”
Meghan and Harry are gearing up for their own court case against Mail On Sunday which published a private letter from the Duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in February 2019.
Former Hollywood lighting director Thomas is expected to testify against his daughter on behalf of Mail On Sunday however his involvement has yet to be revealed.
Additional reporting by Erin Donnelly.
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