Dame Helen Mirren thought Duchess of Sussex was 'lovely addition' to Royal Family

Dame Helen Mirren thought the Duchess of Sussex was a "lovely addition" to the Royal Family.

The 74-year-old actress was thrilled when the actress - who was formerly known as Meghan Markle - married Prince Harry in 2018 and thinks it's a huge "loss" now they have decided to step away from their royal duties but thinks their "instincts" to leave were "right."

Speaking to Variety, she said: "I think their instincts are absolutely right, and I applaud them for it. Hugely actually. Of course, it is complicated.

"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. And I think it will all, hopefully, sort itself out."

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 38 - who have nine-month-old son Archie together - announced their decision to step down as a senior royals last month in a shock Instagram post.

It read: "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

"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.

"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.

"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son 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.

"We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support."