The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have repeatedly urged Americans to vote in the upcoming election and, while they have stopped short of declaring their support for one side or the other, it is widely believed that they favour Democratic nominee Joe Biden. This is because Meghan has previously branded US President Donald Trump “misogynistic” and “divisive” and their values appear to line up more with the Democratic Party. Speaking out on politics breaks royal convention, because the monarchy is staunchly apolitical, something which is extremely important constitutionally in the UK.
This is why Harry’s comments in his Time100 video with Meghan last month must have been particularly difficult to swallow for The Firm.
The Duke explained how he will not be able to vote in the US election, but that he was not able to vote in the UK either due to his position in the Royal Family.
One royal commentator pointed out that there are clear reasons why that is the case, so “bemoaning” this will not be too popular.
Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
Mr Myers revealed that these comments “didn’t go down very well” with the Palace.
He said: “Harry and Meghan are, rather than getting out there and talking to people who are activists, they are just giving their viewpoint.
“That’s essentially why they were criticised for wading in on the US election as well.
“Certainly with people at the Palace it didn’t go down too well, because Harry’s sitting there bemoaning that he’s never been allowed to vote.
“Well, you come from a very, very privileged background and there are reasons why you haven’t been able to vote: because you’re meant to be non-partisan, and they’re just abandoning that logic, really.”
While Harry is a royal and sixth in line to the throne, he and Meghan stepped down from senior royal duties at the end of March and appear to have interpreted this as meaning that they do not need to stay out of politics any longer.
Meghan has started speaking out again about gender and racial inequality, which she toned down during her two years as a working royal.
What’s more, the Palace was quick to distance itself from the Sussexes’ comments.
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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.”
However, Harry might risk damaging his relationship with the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family if he carries on being so outspoken on politics.
Royal expert Richard Mineards warned the couple against getting involved in US politics, particularly Harry, and echoed Mr Myers’ comments about it not going down well in the UK.
He said: “They did not mention the President in their comments but it was clearly perceived as a swipe at the White House by Harry and Meghan.
“I particularly would caution Prince Harry as Queen Elizabeth’s grandson because royal members do not talk about political activities or politicians publicly, particularly criticising them, and this has not gone down well in England.”
He added: “Buckingham Palace were asked for a comment about how they perceived the situation and they said they do not comment on non-working royal members.
“That is really a double whammy for both Harry and Meghan because to be called non-working royals means they have been sidelined.
“Harry likes to perceive himself still to be working royal, although somewhat limited now that he lives in the US.
“He still wants to be involved in royal ceremonies and royal activities, although it’s limited by virtue of where he lives.”
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