Earlier this month, Succession star Brian Cox made headlines when he said Meghan Markle "knew what she was getting into" when she married Prince Harry and joined the royal family. He said that she had "the childhood dreams of marrying Prince Charming and all that shit we see as fantasy that could be our lives in our dreams."
Cox is now clarifying his comments, saying they were taken out of context. "I’m a bit angry about that because that whole thing has been taken out of context," Cox told Radio Times. "I actually have enormous sympathy for them."
He continued, "They’re the product of an institution which is moribund and shouldn’t exist anymore. But that’s a difficult situation where [Meghan] comes from, and it’s understandable that she sees something [appealing] – and it does look like a fairy tale. But it was a fairytale that went horribly wrong."
The Succession star added that he believes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "victims," saying the royal family "fundamentally, in this day and age, doesn’t make any sense."
This is not the first time Cox, a Scottish actor, has defended the Sussexes and critiqued the monarchy. In 2020, when Prince Harry and Meghan moved to California, he said, "They [referring to media] have forced Meghan and Harry to quit the country. Let's not beat about the bush, they have driven them out, and yes, I have no doubt at all, some of it is racist. It's horrible what has happened to them."
In that same interview, Cox said of the royal family, "I think the Queen is an amazing woman, and what she has done is incredible. But when she's gone, the whole bloody shooting match should go, I really think so. We won't end this feudal hold on our culture and system until then."
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