If he’s attempting to win over new friends and fans across the pond, then Prince Harry has just majorly put his foot in it.
He’s upset Americans after he criticised the US Constitution’s First Amendment. He also admitted at the same time he doesn’t fully understand it.
Prince Harry made the comments on the Armchair Expert podcast with actor Dax Shepard.
He added : “I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.”
‘I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time, but you can find a loophole in anything,” he insisted.
The Duke Of Sussex carried on: “You can capitalise or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.”
So what is it?
The First Amendment is the right to free speech in the US. It’s considered part of the foundations of liberty.
However, it doesn’t clearly define the parameters of protection. It also doesn’t apply to private bodies, like companies.
It also protects freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government.
Unsurprisingly, Harry’s comments on the podcast have upset many Americans.
They ranted that he should leave the US if he doesn’t agree with their rules.
Fox News TV host Laura Ingraham tweeted: “Don’t let the door knob hit you, Windsor.”
Safe to say Fox News aren’t a fan. Radio host Jimmy Failla also had a pop at Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle: “That’s because his wife has to approve every word that comes out of his mouth”.
Republican Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw wrote: “Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party.”
Back in the UK, Nigel Farage joined in with the criticism: ‘For Prince Harry to condemn the USA’s First Amendment shows he has lost the plot.”
Referring to Harry’s falling out with the Royal Family, Farage added: “Soon he will not be wanted on either side of the pond.”
Elsewhere, other Americans think Harry actually meant to talk about the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear Arms.
As well as his comments about the first amendment, Harry also talked about his experiences of therapy following the death of his mother.
He credited wife Meghan with realising that he needed further therapy, and he also said they used to stage meetings in the supermarket when they first started dating.
Harry also said he wanted to quit the Royal Family much earlier, in his 20s.
Americans aren’t the only ones causing a backlash.
“Break The Cycle”
The Duke also ruffled feathers in the UK. He said he wanted to ‘break the cycle’ of pain from his childhood.
He explained: ‘When it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically”
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say “you know what? That happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you”.’
Talk shows across the country were picking apart his comments. Many hosts were discussing whether he’s been cruel to his father and brother, Prince Charles and Prince William.
Host Dax Shepard also caused upset over comments that were deemed to be inappropriate to say to a royal. He referred to old nude photos of Harry in Vegas, referred to his partying and also made crude sexual remarks.
Do you agree with his comments?
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