US News Hugh Grant backs the Sussexes: "I'm on Harry's side"

15:16  15 january  2020
15:16  15 january  2020 Source:   harpersbazaar.co.uk

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Hugh Grant offered his opinion on the shocking news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are " I ' m rather on Harry ' s side ," admitted "The Gentlemen" star. "The tabloid press effectively murdered his “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend

Hugh Grant didn’t hold back when he said he was “rather on [Prince] Harry ’ s side ” following news that the prince and Meghan Markle were stepping away from their senior It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

Hugh Grant wearing a suit and tie: © Juan Naharro Gimenez - Getty Images "It's his job to protect his family"

Hugh Grant has spoken out in support of the Sussexes, following their announcement that they plan to step back as senior members of the royal family.

The actor said during an interview on Sirius XM radio: "I’m rather on Harry’s side, I have to say," reports the Evening Standard.

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"The tabloid press effectively murdered his mother [Princess Diana] - now they’re tearing his wife to pieces."

He added: "I think, as a man, it’s [Harry’s] job to protect his family so I’m with him."

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There’ s at least one fellow Brit cheering on Prince Harry amid the royal’ s decision to “step back ” from his formal duties alongside wife Meghan Markle.

Hugh Grant offered his opinion on the shocking news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back from royal duties to lead a more private life.

Prince Harry joined the Queen and senior members of the royal family at Sandringham on Monday to discuss the future of his family, and how they intend to become financially independent.

Meghan Markle et al. standing together in uniform: Harry Meghan Queen © Chris Jackson - Getty Images Harry Meghan Queen

The Queen released a statement following the meeting, confirming that she is "entirely supportive" of her grandson.

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"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," read the statement shared via The Royal Family's social media channels.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."

Grant's comments come as it's reported that Thomas Markle might be called to court to give evidence against his daughter, as part of her court battle with the Mail on Sunday.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing the UK newspaper for breach of copyright, invasion of privacy and misuse of personal data, after it published parts of a private letter she sent to her father, addressing how he was treating her.

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Jameela Jamil, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Andy Cohen posing for a photo: Sharing their two cents. Celebrities including Andy Cohen, Ava DuVernay and Mindy Kaling have responded to the news regarding Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to “step back” from their senior roles in the British royal family. In a statement posted to Instagram, the couple revealed that they reached this conclusion on Wednesday, January 8, after “many months of reflection and internal discussions.” Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, said they will “continue to collaborate Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties” during this “transition” period. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the statement read. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” The duo, who wed in May 2018, stated that this change will allow them to “raise our son [Archie] with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”  		 		In the wake of Harry and Meghan’s statement, Buckingham Palace issued a response to the pair’s announcement.  The palace, which is headed by Queen Elizabeth II, said that “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.” It also regarded the transition and relocation as “complicated issues that will take time to work through.” Harry and Meghan have been slowly separating themselves from the royal family beginning with their six-week hiatus from royal duties in November 2019. They were absent from this year’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday traditions, choosing to spend that time separately with their 8-month-old son, Archie, and the Suits alum’s mother, Doria Ragland. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about his daughter and son-in-law’s choice. “I’ll just simply say I’m disappointed,” the 74-year-old said on Wednesday. In stepping back from their senior positions, Harry and Meghan will employ new protocols this year. “In 2020 Harry and Meghan will be changing how they work with the media, to ensure diverse and open access to their work,” Omid Scobie, royal editor for Harper’s Bazaar, tweeted on Wednesday. Among those changes include, engaging “with grassroots media organisations” and to “no longer participate in the Royal Rota system.” Scroll down below to see how the stars are reacting to Harry and Meghan’s next phase!

The tabloid filed its defence arguing that the duchess and other royal family members “rely on publicity about themselves and their lives to maintain the privileged positions they hold”, and that Meghan couldn’t “have a reasonable expectation of privacy that the contents of the letter were private and would remain so,” reports the Guardian.

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Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection site .
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