Watch: Ice Cube weighs in on Meghan and Harry leaving the Royal Family
Rapper Ice Cube has weighed in on Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle's departure from life as working royals, saying they could have had more of an impact if they had remained as working members of the Royal Family.
During an interview with Good Morning Britain the legendary rapper and actor said: "I think when you’re in the house then you can make more changes than when you’re outside the house, if they had stuck it out they might have been able to make some changes."
However, the rapper also said "I think everybody has the right to pursue happiness, in any way, shape or form that they believe. So you know, I can’t really make a comment on their experiences, why they did what they did".
He also gave his opinion on the now-infamous headline from one media outlet that was published around the time Harry and Meghan’s relationship was made public – that said the duchess was '(almost) straight outta Compton'.
The headline referenced the debut N.W.A album Straight Outta Compton. Released in 1988, the album featured Ice Cube as one of the members of the group and was certified gold within a year.
"People have their opinions, and that’s fine," the rapper told GMB, "some great people come out of Compton, you know some of them are better than the people who come out of Beverly Hills.
"So just because someone says you come straight out of Compton and it has a 'tone' of you know, you’ve come out the hood, or you’ve come out of the ghetto or you’ve come out of – there’s great people that come out of those places.
"So maybe they were trying to crack a joke, but at the end of the day I think the joke is on them. Can’t let what other people say or think about you affect you and how you think about yourself."
He also noted that he understood why the headline had made people angry, adding, "but I think, it was a very off-colour joke. Let’s look at the personality of the person who made the joke, you know.
"Maybe they are straight out of somewhere else that’s not so great."
In her podcast series, Archetypes, Meghan addressed the headline directly during a conversation with her first guest on the show, and close friend, record-breaking tennis champion Serena Williams.
Williams said during the discussion: "for the record, I'm the one that grew up in Compton," to which Meghan replied: "I was about to say when they said, Harry's girl is straight outta Compton, I was like, are they talking about Serena?"
The duchess went on to say, "I'm like, I'm not from Compton. I've never lived in Compton. My mom doesn't live in Compton. But by the way, what's wrong with Compton? My girl Serena’s from there!"