Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s TV appearance on the ABC TIME100 special has attracted critics from attention-seeking analysts who have claimed that the Duke of Sussex may have known of the criticism he could face from within the Royal Family when he agreed to appear on TV to speak of US election.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a heartfelt message about the importance of voting, while Harry specifically warned the public to be mindful of misinformation ahead of the US November 3 election.
Prince Harry said, “As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity. What we consume, what we are exposed to, and what we engage with online, has a real effect on all of us.”
A critic, Judi James, social behaviour and body language pundit, in reaction to Harry’s speech, claimed the Duke looked “uncomfortable” as he delivered his message, adding that the Prince seemed to be conscious his message could cause a “fall out” in royal circles.
It’s true that the Royal Family members do not get involved with political matters and they also avoid publicly discussing politics, but it would help to remember that Harry and Meghan stepped down from their senior royal roles earlier this year and relocated to the US.
Meghan Markle also stressed the importance of voting multiple times, describing the upcoming election as “the most important election of our lifetime.”
“When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter because you do and you deserve to be heard,” she said.
The Duchess of Sussex last month appeared in an online discussion that was set up by the United State of Women and When We All Vote organisations.
She warned in her message: “If you aren’t going out there and voting, then you’re complicit. If you are complacent, you’re complicit.”
The Royal couple has not publicly shown support for any political party in the US election, although US President Donald Trump said yesterday he is not a fan of Meghan.
Meghan Markle may also not have been a Trump supporter at any time considering that before she became a member of the Royal Family, she described Mr Trump as misogynistic and divisive in a US TV interview.
TIME magazine reported that the Duchess of Sussex is set to be the first British royal personality to publicly vote. Months back Meghan told Marie Claire magazine this year, “I know what it’s like to have a voice, and also what it’s like to feel voiceless.”
It’s possible that more analyst will come up with different political comment but it may not matter much as the Duke and Duchess are not the first royals to talk about the election considering that Queen herself once encouraged Welsh people to vote after an election in 2003 showed a very low outcome.