Richard Palmer, Royal correspondent for the Daily Express and co-host of the Royal Round Up, said Americans were left “wondering why a British Prince was discussing what was going on in the US” after his keynote speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. Prince Harry’s speech, held in honour of Nelson Mandela International Day, was heavily criticised for being “doom-laden”, with the pandemic, climate change, and the war in Ukraine among the topics covered by the Duke of Sussex.
Mr Palmer told co-host Pandora Forsyth: “He got people’s backs up again, didn’t he. He has become quite a divisive figure in the US as much probably as in the UK, he and Meghan.
“It seems to be more on political lines over there where Republicans tend to be less keen on him.
“He had a bit of a pop at the Supreme Court decision on abortion rights and that did not seem to go down well with people on the right of politics in the US.
“People were wondering why a British Prince, albeit one that no longer represents anybody, was discussing what was going on in the US.
“And then, well, it was just quite a cataclysmic speech. It was just doom-laden, really.”
While looking scruffy, as social media users put it, Prince Harry told a small audience in New York on Monday that the world is “witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom”.
In a thinly-veiled attack on the US Supreme Court, which ruled last month that It would no longer be a women’s constitutional entitlement to have an abortion, the Duke lamented the “rolling back” of rights.
He said: “The few are weaponising lies and disinformation at the expense of the many,.
“And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cause of Mandela’s life.”
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