Before Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s Time Magazine video – where they urged Americans to “reject hate” during the election – I actually thought the British media was getting suspiciously quiet about the Sussexes. Maybe the media was treading water, slowly waiting for the next big thing they could jump on, wildly misrepresent, then attack the Sussexes based on that wild misrepresentation. That’s exactly what’s happened. Not only has the media twisted the Sussexes’ words, but they’re now putting their own spin on what was a relatively simple shrug from Buckingham Palace:
Buckingham Palace has washed its hands of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they ‘told Americans to vote out Trump’. A spokesman said it refused to comment on ‘not a working member of the Royal Family’ in a stinging response to the couple.
It comes after Royal insiders said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘crossed a line’ by speaking out about the US election on November 3. Prince Harry told voters to ‘reject hate speech’ while Meghan called the presidential race the ‘most important election of our lifetime’.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘We would not comment. The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.’
[From The Daily Mail]
First of all, AGAIN, the Sussexes did not “tell Americans to vote out Trump.” Nowhere have they said that. Sure, it’s been indicated. Sure, people can understand H&M’s clear meaning. But saying that “reject hate” is explicitly equal to “reject Trump” is kind of a funny argument to make, especially when they’re doing it to bash the Sussexes. As for the palace’s comment… sure, it came across as terse, but where’s the lie? Harry was speaking in a personal capacity. And H&M are no longer working members of the Royal Family, because the RF refused to allow them to continue working.
Meanwhile, people are also talking about Harry’s careful word choice of “This election, I’m not going to be able to vote here in the US.” I saw on Twitter that members of the Sussex Squad theorized that Harry had applied for American citizenship and hoped to eventually vote in American election. Now the Daily Mail has picked it up and run with it, and of course they seem to think the very idea is absurd! I assume he has applied for citizenship. He probably doesn’t want to stay in America indefinitely on a visa.
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