Helen Mirren is the latest star to express support for Harry and Meghan, saying she 'applauds' their decision to step back from royal life

Helen Mirren told Variety in a recent interview that she "applauds" Harry and Meghan's decision to leave royal life.
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  • Actress Helen Mirren, who once played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie "The Queen," recently told Variety that she supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's step back from royal life.
  • "I think their instincts are absolutely right, and I applaud them for it. Hugely actually," Mirren told Variety in an interview.
  • Mirren is the latest of several celebrities who've expressed their support for Prince Harry and Markle in the midst of Megxit.
  • Harry and Meghan will officially step back from royal duties starting April 1, and throughout March, they're making their final official royal engagements as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in their final month as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As they make their final royal engagements throughout March and transition out of official palace duties starting April 1, several celebrities have vocally shared their support for the royal couple.

Most recently, award-winning actress Helen Mirren told Variety in an interview published Thursday that she "applauds" Harry and Meghan's decision to step away from their duties as senior members of the royal family.

"I think their instincts are absolutely right, and I applaud them for it. Hugely actually," Mirren told Variety. "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."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England.

Mirren continued in the Variety interview, saying: "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."

Mirren notably played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie "The Queen."

"The Queen" is set around the time of Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997.
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Earlier in February, Margot Robbie shared with British publication The Sun her feelings of understanding for the couple and said she'd invite them to dinner at her home in Los Angeles if they visit or move there.

Margot Robbie has expressed words of support for the Sussexes.
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"I know as much as anybody what a big decision it is to move halfway across the world. I still miss London a lot but I had my reasons for moving and they have their reasons for the decision," Robbie told The Sun. "It isn't something taken lightly."

Robbie continued, telling The Sun, "If they are going to spend more time in LA, we would love to have dinner with them."

Oprah Winfrey was also ally of the couple ahead of their Megxit announcement, as revealed in a TMZ interview with the talk show host from January.

Oprah Winfrey seemed to be an early supporter of the royal couple's groundbreaking decision.
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In the TMZ story, Winfrey said, "The last line of his [Harry's] statement where he said that he had to make the decision to back away from his family in order to move forward in peace with his new family. I mean, I don't know how they came up with those words, but who doesn't feel that?"

"Who doesn't feel what it takes to make that decision, to give up everything you've known in your whole life to say, 'I'm going to choose this new life and what I believe to be the truest vision for myself,'" Winfrey told TMZ.

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