As a British actor, Charlie Hunnam is weighing in on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family.
Sitting down with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel in promotion of Guy Richie’s new crime caper “The Gentlemen” alongside his co-star Hugh Grant, Hunnam praises the couple on their announcement, which shook the public last week.
“When anybody sort of has the courage to seize autonomy over their life and decide that they’re going to change things up if they think they aren’t working to find happiness or a more holistic way for them to live, it’s admirable,” he says.
“Those boys were born into, you know, some wonderful privilege and great opportunity, but a crippling sense of responsibility that they didn’t ask for,” he adds. “And if [Prince Harry] feels like he can go off and have a more meaningful existence doing something else, then more power to him.”
Meanwhile, speaking about the role of social media in their upcoming film, both Hunnam and Grant admit that they prefer to stay offline.
Grant, in particular, is no fan of social media. “It should be erased from the face of the earth,” he says, revealing he was “very reluctant” when his friends “persuaded” him to create a Twitter account for a political campaign in London. “And I regret it to this day.”
Opening up about the “damaging effect” social media can have on the way people interact, Hunnam adds, “I don’t do any social media. I think it’s detestable. I think it’s the beginning of the end.”
Looking back at the past decade and beyond, Grant reflects the success of his 1999 fan-favourite film “Notting Hill” co-starring Julia Roberts.
When asked if he enjoyed making the film, he jokes, “Well, you know, hate my job,” adding, “I’m very glad that it came out well and that people liked it.”