Dame Helen Mirren doesn't think Meghan Markle needs any advice for joining the British royal family when she marries Prince Harry in May.

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren

The iconic actress has played Queen Elizabeth II on the big screen in 'The Queen' - which earned her an Oscar - and on the stage in 'The Audience', but she has shrugged off the idea she would have any words of wisdom for the American beauty.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: "I don't think she needs any advice. I have to say, she's been so charming and so dignified in the right sort of way, in a natural kind of way.

"I think she's a really wonderful addition to the royal family, and she's very beloved already in England."

The 72-year-old actress recently revealed she wouldn't be playing Queen Elizabeth again, insisting she didn't want to only be remembered for that role once she passes away.

She said: "I wanted to kind of get away from that. I like to move forward, not back. It's wonderful that I [portrayed Queen Elizabeth twice], it was wonderful that it was a success, but I didn't want a headline when I'm knocked over by a bus to read 'The Queen Knocked Over by Bus.' "

This comes after Helen once admitted she broke down in tears when she saw the costumes she had to wear to play the Queen.

She said: "The clothes are very important. I remember when I had my first costume fitting for 'The Queen', and they laid all of these sensible shoes out, kilts, Barbour jackets, head scarves, and these sort of dresses ... I cried.

"I thought, I can't play anyone who'd wear these clothes. I just can't do it.

"The Queen is completely uninterested in clothes. She's not at all vain ... It's like a policeman wearing a uniform. She's wearing her uniform.

"She doesn't care what she looks like in it as long as it's the right thing for the right moment. Forget what they look like.

"It's what they feel like. And they're made out of unbelievably beautiful fabrics and then lined with incredibly expensive silk, so when you put them on, they feel incredible."

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