Prince Harry was “completely unqualified” to speak at the United Nations headquarters in New York earlier this week, according to a royal expert.
“Why was he talking to the UN? Because he’s Prince Harry,” British journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti told Us Weekly on Thursday.
“Otherwise, without meaning to be too offensive, no one would be interested in a guy who scraped high school opinion on world affairs.”
The Duke of Sussex, 37, delivered a keynote speech on Monday in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day, discussing the impact of the late apartheid activist as well as his own sentimental ties to Africa.
However, he also spoke about the spread of misinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic, how climate change is “taking havoc on our planet” and the impact of “rolling back constitutional rights here in the United States.” United “.
Although Sacerdoti “certainly wasn’t impressed” by the speech, he “can’t say [he] was surprised.”
The broadcaster almost called the royal a hypocrite, arguing that Harry selfishly uses the very platform he stepped down from whenever it serves him.
“He is literally completely unqualified to have anything important to say to people, but instead he is using his position as a member of the British royal family to spread what he sees as a message important,” Sacerdoti said, noting that he was “not disputing whether this is an important message or not,” but rather “disputing” the messenger.
“If you want to use being a member of this royal family for what you consider to be good causes and good purposes,” he added, “you have to obey their rules because it’s just a bit polite.”
The royal expert was not the only one to criticize the address, as Republican expert Meghan McCain wrote in a scathing Daily Mail op-ed that Harry ‘showed a complete lack of understanding of civic life in the country he now lives in. “.
During his speech, the Duke indirectly called the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade’s “global assault on democracy and freedom,” which didn’t sit well with the conservative “View” alum.
“He lived here every 20 minutes but decided that made him an expert,” she wrote of the prince, who moved to California with his American wife, Meghan Markle, in March 2020. .
“Just because we don’t agree with the outcome of a Supreme Court decision doesn’t mean it’s a threat to democracy. If Harry had ever voted in a US election, maybe he would have known,” McCain, 37, said.
She concluded her rant with a direct message to Harry: ‘This is not your home country. In fact, my country went to war with yours so that we would never have to suffer a royal conference again. … If it’s so terrible here and our Constitution is so terrible, don’t hesitate to leave.