Prince Harry warned over 'rich person's spectacular lack of self-awareness' in savage jibe

PRINCE Harry has been accused of suffering from a lack of "rich person's self-awareness" over his decision to collaborate with Vogue magazine.

last month was announced as the guest editor of 's September issue following months of speculation over her involvement with the publication. The Duchess of Sussex's husband also made a surprise appearance in the magazine through an interview with British conservationist Jane Goodall. But the couple came under fire over their "spectacular failure of rich person's self-awareness." 

Commentator Tom Slater told talkRADIO: "Meghan and Harry have this reputation for being a little bit snooty, and even the fact they worked with the magazine and the editor of the magazine referred to Meghan Markle as ‘the greatest force for change,’ – I think it’s the perfect encapsulation of how topsy-turvy identity politics sometimes makes this discussion.

"You’ve got a member of the , this old, feudal throwback who is suddenly held up as something incredibly progressive because now she writes opinions and anyone who dares challenge their elitism is somehow cast as some sort of nasty racist.

"It shows how topsy-turvy this whole discussion is, that you have someone that privileged who are effectively given the privilege of protection from criticism."

Royal commentator appeared to agree with the assessment, insisting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should not have worked with the "elite magazine."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have come under fire for their work with Vogue (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talked about causes they care about in Vogue (Image: GETTY)

Mr Wootton said: "One of the things I was actually most disgusted about with this guest-edit is the fact that Meghan Markle did choose to do it in Vogue magazine, which is a magazine for the elite, for the rich, for the skinny.

"Where most outfits in there cost thousands of pounds and totally out of reach from ordinary Brits – even the fact that the magazine cost nearly £5 makes it very clear that only very rich people will be buying it."

The Duchess of Sussex chose to frontline her guest-edited issue with female "trailblazers" she identified as forces for change. Among the women selected to feature on the cover were former First Lady and 16-year-old environmental activist .

Royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah claimed the decision to include the young activist was "punchy."

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Meghan Markle was announced as guest-editor of Vogue after months of speculation (Image: PETER LINDBERG•VOGUE)

Ms Nikkhahn said: "I have to say I thought Greta Thunberg was quite a punchy one. I know she's the poster girl, at the moment, of the environmental and climate discussions but she's a political figure. 

"She's a very political figure, there's no two ways about it. By putting her on there sends a very strong message from the editorial stance and from Meghan.

"We know they are conservationists, we know they are very interested in the environment, we know that from their Instagram posts, from the speeches both of them give.

"But Greta Thunberg and the movement that we saw here over the summer was pretty divisive, it rammed home into the sphere of politics, that's a punchy thing to chose."


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Prince Harry discussed his concerns over the future of the environment (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met in 2016 and married two years later (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Institute of Public Affairs's Gideon Rozner earlier this month told Sky News Australia: "I don't think it's a good idea for any royal to be this active in the climate debate.

"In a constitutional monarchy, the Royal Family should be apolitical – this is not some universally-accepted position, this is a serious economic issue for Britain.

"Britain will have to debate serious parliamentary measures that will be a huge hand break on its economy."

Former Prime Minister committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in an effort to "leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited" but the issue is set to remain contentious over the next few years.

Mr Rozner added: "I don't think it's right that anybody from the Royal Family is interfering in the deliberations of a democratically-elected Parliament."

However other members of the Royal Family previously encountered criticism from the public over meddling concerns. 

Prince Charles in particular was the subject of a lengthy debate due to the revelation the Prince of Wales regularly contacted ministers and members of the Government to discuss key political issues in the so-called "."