Olivia Colman defends Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan after criticism

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Olivia Colman has defended Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

The actress, who is making her debut in Netflix series The Crown this evening, has spoken out in defence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, branding the recent criticism of the pair ‘evil and mean’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, opened up in an ITV documentary last month about the criticism they have faced over the previous months.

The documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey saw the royal couple speaking out about the supposed rift between them and the Cambridges and how they are ‘not OK’.

olivia colman defends prince harry meghan markle

And earlier this week Royal reported Camilla Tominey appeared on ITV’s This Morning to discuss the news that the Sussexes will reportedly not be spending Christmas with The Queen.

The group was joined by American entertainment reporter Sam Rubin as he shared a recording of The Crown star Olivia Colman, who will be playing Queen Elizabeth II in the news series.

Speaking about the criticism that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received, the actress said, “It’s just evil and mean to them.

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“Anything they do - they step outside their house and there’s just something.”

“I don’t know why they’re so mean to a fellow human being,” she added. “Always just strikes me as odd”.

However, back on the This Morning sofa journalist Camilla disagreed with the actress, saying, “I don’t think we’re mean. We’re just trying to report what’s going on.”

She then hit back, “And second of all, we’re not hanging around anyone’s houses because it’s not the 1980’s. Perhaps Olivia is still in ‘character’”.

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In last month’s documentary, Duchess Meghan opened up about her own feelings, responding to interviewer Tom Bradby when he asked he she was alright, “Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes”.

“I’m the first one to go, ‘Oh my gosh I’m so sorry I would never do that’,” she continued.

“When people are saying things that are just untrue and they have been told they are untrue but they are allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world that would feel like that’s okay.

“And that’s different to just scrutiny”.

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