'It's his job to protect his family': Hugh Grant supports Prince Harry's call to leave the royals

Hugh Grant has expressed his support for Prince Harry's decision to "step back" from the royal family with his wife Meghan Markle, saying he had to "protect his family". 

The Notting Hill actor was initially reluctant to comment on 'Megxit' during a radio interview on SiriusXM, but eventually made it clear which side he was on. 

"I'm rather on Harry's side, I have to say,” Grant told radio host Andy Cohen. 

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

"I think, as a man, it's his job to protect his family. So I'm with him." 

For his part, Grant admitted his own relationship with the tabloid press was "very poor". In a recent interview with Newshub, the actor suggested he based his character in The Gentlemen on real-life "slimy" reporters he'd met.

Harry and Meghan's bid for freedom from the royal family has been global tabloid news since the couple dropped their bombshell announcement last week. 

Following an emergency family meeting, the Queen released a statement expressing support for the couple, despite the decision not being her preference. 

The "complex matters" pertaining to Harry and Meghan's intentions to live part of their lives in Canada are yet to be finalised, the Queen said.