Joanna Lumley brands Megxit ‘ghastly’ amid Meghan and Harry Oprah row

Prince Charles' good friend Joanna Lumley has hit out Megxit – branding the whole process of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family 'ghastly'.

The Absolutely Fabulous actress, 74, says she hasn't been keeping tabs on the royals in recent months despite the widespread rows engulfing the family around race.

The BAFTA host admits that she has made the decision not to watch The Crown on Netflix as she can't stand how much of it has been created for dramatic effect.

Joanna, who attended Charles' marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005, says the show is 'mostly made up'

Chatting on Chopper's Politics podcast for The Telegraph, Joanna was asked if she's managed to keep up with Megixt.

She replied: "Not really. I find that all ghastly.

"I don't watch The Crown, I find it all ghastly."

She added of the online series: "No. No, I didn't watch it or see it or do it.

"Lots of people love it and lots of people know it's mostly made up, but lots of people don't know it's made up which is awful."

Joanna says she thinks it must be so hard for the royals to see a version of their life play out onscreen which doesn't mirror reality.

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She continued: "I put myself in the shoes of the people, in this case the royal family where people imagine how you speak to your husband.

"If you imagined how Stevie [Barlow] and I talk to each other and tried to write it down it makes me feel faint with laughter.

"Well some people say 'Oh everybody knows it's made up' – they don't, they think its the truth.

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"I couldn't watch it because I feel if you don't agree with something don't watch it and go 'oooh I hate that.' Just don't watch it."

Speaking last month to James Cordon on the Late Late Show in America, Prince Harry admitted he doesn't find The Crown as offensive as many think he does.

Sitting on the top of an open bus as they drove around Los Angeles, Harry, who has just signed a multimillion dollar deal with Netflix, said: "They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional.

"But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, of course not, but loosely it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that."

He added: "I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because… that [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will."

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