Royal pundits have clashed over whether Prince Harry was right to offer his opinion on political matters during his keynote speech to the UN. The Duke of Sussex drew criticism after slamming the US Supreme Court on its ruling to remove constitutional rights to abortion by repealing the landmark Roe v Wade legislation.
Royal Commentator Kristen Meinzer said on Newsweek’s The Royal Report podcast: “We all know that royals are not supposed to wade into politics, even though just last week on this show we were speaking about how William has been doing that lately.
“But Harry is doing it and not subtly at all. This is very overt what he is talking about. He is criticizing the United States, what the government has been doing—pulling back rights on the people. That is not subtle at all. That is outright criticism of the U.S. government.”
However, royal correspondent Jack Royston disagreed, saying the duke has every right to comment given that his wife and children are Americans.
He said: “I don’t think he ever would have done this if he was a working member of the Royal Family. However, he is out now and so really the royal convention of him not engaging fully in politics doesn’t really apply to Meghan and Harry anymore.
“They have every right to go and say whatever they like about political issues. Here he has taken on a ruling by the US Supreme Court so this is about as controversial as it gets and he’s done it at the United Nations.”
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