Hugh Grant has defended Prince Harry’s decision to “step back” from formal royal duties and seek a self-funded life based partly in Canada.
Talking about Andy Cohen Andy radio Sirius XM show, Grant said: “I am rather on Harry’s side. The tabloids effectively murdered his mother, now they are tearing his wife apart.”
Grant reminded listeners of the circumstances surrounding the death of Diana, princess of Wales, who was in a vehicle chased by paparazzi, who then crashed and killed three of the four passengers, in Paris in August 1997.
Grant added: “I think as a man, it is your job to protect your family, so I am with him.”
Grant was promoting his new movie, The Gentleman, alongside co-stars Charlie Hunnam and Matthew McConaughey. In the movie, Grant plays an unscrupulous sensationalist journalist.
Grant has been a vociferous activist against press intrusion for almost 10 years. His activism intensified after the revelation that News of the World had hacked the voicemail of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler.
In 2018, Grant donated a Mirror Group Newspapers payment to the Hacked Off hacking campaign. MGN apologized to Grant and others for their “morally wrong” actions by hacking their phones.
Speaking to Cohen, Grant described his relationship with the tabloids as “very poor.”
Harry’s Grant defense again confronts former antagonist Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror that Grant frequently faces on Twitter. Morgan has called the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “the two most spoiled brats in history.”
Grant won considerable acclaim for his portrayal of the disgraced liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe in the Stephen Frears miniseries A Very English Scandal, which aired in 2018. The Gentleman has garnered more mixed reviews so far.
Speaking on Tuesday, musician Stormzy also came out in defense of the couple, saying there was no “credible” reason why people would not like Meghan.
In an interview with the New York Hot 97 radio station, he said: “Meghan is a sweet woman, she does her thing … and they just hate her.”
The rapper referred to a clip by Eamonn Holmes on TalkSport, where the presenter says: “I look at her and think:” I don’t think I like you. “
Stormzy said that if those who expressed such feelings were to write the reasons for their negativity, they would discover that “there was nothing credible.”
He also spoke about the violent reaction to an interview he gave recently in which he was asked if he believed Britain was racist, to which he replied “Yes, 100%.”
The quote was taken out of context by numerous means to imply that he believed the United Kingdom was completely racist. “It’s the classic media spin,” he said.
“They know what they are doing. They are putting together what I said. Many people thought I was trying to incite the division, but that is what [the media] He did it, really.