We asked stars at the SAG Awards what they make of all the news around Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry – and if they should make L.A. their home.
As news broke about Prince Harry speaking out about the couple’s decision to start a new life apart from their royal duties, actors gave their thoughts to USA TODAY on the silver carpet.
“Schitt’s Creek” actress Jennifer Robertson said the “fascinating” Harry and Meghan news is playing differently in her home country of Canada, where the couple currently are visiting.
“There are some mixed reactions,” said Robertson. “We are obsessed with the royals in a way. But I heard some women in my yoga class going, ‘We’re not going to pay for their security!’ There’s a bit of bristle-ness about that.”
But the country will welcome them, she added. “All immigrants are welcome in Canada, including the royal family,” said Robertson.
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“Chernobyl” star Jared Harris put Harry’s decision in context of the prince’s early trauma. “You have to understand it through the context of what happened to his mother and why he feels protective over his wife,” said Harris, a fellow Brit. “And if he feels like the same thing might happen or is happening to her, he’s going to protect her, and that’s appropriate.”
The monarchy is not in crisis, Harris insisted.
“It’s very unlikely that he will be needed to sit on the throne. You’ve got Charles, then you’ve got William and their children. I think it’s pretty safe.”
British-American actress Jane Seymour said like many, she was following the events day-to-day.
“Yes, of course I am,” she said. “I’ve met Harry and he’s a lovely guy. I know he really wants to make a difference in the world.”
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Should the couple wind up moving to Los Angeles?
Probably not, said “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Jane Lynch.
“Los Angeles is a little too paparazzi driven. I think Canada is a wonderful place to be,” said Lynch. “That’s where I’d go.” Lynch added she just hopes “they are happy, and it’s a wonderful thing if they are.”
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“Mad About You” star Paul Reiser said it was hard not to get behind Harry and Meghan and their decision.
“Any couple that says, ‘You know what, it’s not fun here. I’m going to go somewhere else.’ More power to them,” said Reiser.
And British comic actor Stephen Merchant? He said there is a bright side for Meghan stepping down from her royal role.
“In theory now, if Meghan is retired from the royal family. She could actually play herself in Season 8 of ‘The Crown,’ ” said Merchant. “Which would be pretty cool.”