Prince Harry’s “impulsive” attitude will cost the Duke a scolding by the Queen after Republican Congressman has written to the British Ambassador to the US stop the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle’s “interference” in the US Presidential election. The royal couple urged US citizens to vote in the upcoming November 3 US elections, a move that was described as a “serious breach” of diplomatic arrangements between the US and the UK’s Royal Family.
Commenting on the incident, royal author Penny Junor told Sky News Prince Harry’s decision to speak out with his wife Meghan was not surprising.
She said: “Harry has always been impulsive and instinctive.
“And he’s just done things without really thinking them through.
“William has always been incredibly measured, incredibly self-contained.
“He thinks everything through, possibly overthinks things.
“But the result is he’s much more cautious and that is really what is needed at the moment as a member of the Royal Family.”
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The letter was sent by Congressman Jason Smith who represents Missouri’s 8th congressional district in the House of Representatives.
He argued as both Harry and Meghan are still members of the British Royal Family their political comments amount to “an inappropriate act of domestic interference” by the UK.
Mr Smith wrote: “By allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles, and these political comments to continue, the British Government is effectively condoning interference in the 2020 United States Presidential Election from officials at the highest level of the British establishment.”
In September Harry urged Americans to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” during the upcoming election.
Meghan meanwhile brandied November’s poll “the most important election of our lifetime” and urged American to register to vote.
In the letter to Dame Karen Pierce, the British ambassador, Mr Smith said: “I am writing to express concern with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their continued interference in the United States presidential election.
“As you know, the British Royal Family has long observed a policy of strict neutrality in regard to political matters.
“I am therefore concerned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s recent comments regarding the United States Presidential Election, especially given international conversations surrounding foreign interference in our election and the Duke’s status as a guest of the United States.
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“These actions represent a serious breach of the British Royal Family’s policy of political neutrality and an inappropriate act of domestic interference by one of our closest allies.”
Mr Smith described Meghan’s political views as “thinly disguised and widely reported”.
He singled out Harry’s criticism of “hate speech” and Meghan’s comment that the vote is “the most important election of our lifetime” as examples of interference.
The Duke and Duchess stepped down as working royals earlier this year, but they remain members of the Royal Family.
They are still entitled to use the “HRH” prefix though both have agreed not to.