Critic Slams Prince Harry for His Comments on Equal Rights, Says He Shouldn’t ‘Get Involved in Politics’
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex participated in a video call to discuss equal rights and racial injustice, but the pair faced criticism for their involvement. Though Prince Harry is the president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Meghan is the vice president, one critic attacked them for discussing politics with the organization, believing the queen wouldn’t be happy.
The Sussexes participated in a virtual meeting
Prince Harry and Meghan met with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust last week and their virtual meeting was made public this week.
During the call, Meghan spoke about racism, noting, “It’s not just in the big moments, it’s in the quiet moments where racism and unconscious bias lies and hides and thrives.”
“When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” Prince Harry said during the call.
He continued, “So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”
“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable, but it needs to be done, because, guess what, everybody benefits,” Harry noted.
One critic believes Prince Harry shouldn’t make political comments
Member of Parliament Andrew Rosindell, for one, wasn’t won over with Prince Harry’s comments, telling MailOnline that it was “disappointing” and inappropriate.
“I understand that Harry and Meghan have taken a step out from being members of the royal family,” he explained. “Therefore I’m surprised that he would be making comments like that. I don’t agree with what he is saying. We should look forward not back. As someone who has stepped out of the royal family he should focus on his own life and not get involved in politics.”
He continued, “That is not the appropriate thing to do. I’m not sure his grandmother would be too pleased either.”
The video chat was queen-approved
Despite Rosindell’s claim that the queen wouldn’t be “too pleased,” according to a report from Newsweek, the queen did approve of Prince Harry and Meghan’s involvement in the video call.
The palace was informed in advance of the Sussexes’ comments and was “fine” with them, a source told Newsweek.
“The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is a separate entity which is about giving opportunities to young people within the Commonwealth,” the source explained. “It’s fine, they’re fulfilling that independent remit.”
They added, “Buckingham Palace knew about it so it’s not a surprise or anything like that. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust was set up by Her Majesty as part of the relevance of giving young people an opportunity.”
“Part of the work it’s doing is looking at the history of the commonwealth. It’s what they’re there for and it’s important for young people to look into it,” the insider noted.