Meghan and Harry were ‘driven out’ of country by racism, claims actor Brian Cox

Actor Brian Cox claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were hounded out of Britain, with some of the negative criticism of the couple down to racism.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Scottish star spoke openly about his loathing of the monarchy as well as his thoughts on the next Labour leader.

Cox expressed sympathy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their unprecedented move away from royal duties and impending move to North America – and blamed hostile coverage of the duo for the situation.

"They [the media] have forced Meghan and Harry to quit the country," Cox said.

"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."

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Meghan and Harry have alluded to negative media scrutiny as one of the reasons for their bombshell announcement in January.

Last year, Meghan tearfully admitted she "wasn't okay" when asked about her mental state, and Harry recently called the press a "powerful force" which gave them "no other option" but to step away.

Prominent media figures such as Piers Morgan have dismissed claims that Meghan was unfairly targeted because she is mixed-race, as has her estranged father Thomas Markle.

Despite his empathy for the struggling couple, Cox is no fan of the monarchy as a whole.

"I think the Queen is an amazing woman, and what she has done is incredible," he said.

"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."

He used the term "feudal" again when decrying class barriers holding back young British actors, claiming his generation was able to succeed in the arts without coming from wealth.

"I can look back on my career and think I did a lot of what I set out to do. But kids starting out today, it's back to who you know and have your parents got money. Feudal. F***ing feudal."

The lifelong Labour supporter also gave his thoughts on who should be the next leader after the "failure" of Jeremy Corbyn's reign.

He says while he would prefer a woman, should the party elect Rebecca Long-Bailey "it means they have learned nothing", and he wants to see Lisa Nandy in the role.

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