The Brexit Party leader told a crowd of 500 people that Prince Harry’s popularity had “fallen off a cliff” since he met Meghan. It was also reported that he described him as “the prince of wokeness”, which is an African-American term that means tuned into social and racial justice issues. And he ridiculed the couple’s plan to have no more than two children to help save the planet.
In other remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney, he called the late Queen Mother “a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker”.
Mr Farage’s comments sparked outrage from his opponents and from some royal fans.
Conservative MP Nigel Evans accused him of “trashing” the Royal Family to entertain his audience.
“Doing this while abroad is something that we should avoid at all costs,” he said. “The vast majority of people if given the choice between any politician and a member of the Royal Family would choose the royal every time. Quite frankly, he is off the mark on this.”
Labour MP Stephen Pound said: “He is not speaking for the nation, but is completely out of touch.
“Anyone can come up with insults like these but we expect more of someone who affects to be a serious member of the European Parliament.”
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Author Matt Haig, who worked with Meghan, 38, when she guest-edited an edition of British Vogue magazine earlier this year, labelled the Brexit Party leader a “blustering, cocksure foghorn”.
He said: “So Nigel Farage wants immigrants to assimilate completely and never act ungrateful while he can swan around the world slagging off the British Royal Family and media and political system and that’s not hypocritical at all.”
Mr Farage, 55, who has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999 but has failed seven times to get elected to Westminster, told the audience: “Terrifying! Here was Harry, this young, brave, boisterous, all male, getting into trouble, turning up at stag parties inappropriately dressed, drinking too much and causing all sorts of mayhem. And then, a brave British officer who did his bit in Afghanistan. He was the most popular royal of a younger generation that we’ve seen for 100 years.
“And then he met Meghan Markle, and it’s fallen off a cliff. We’ve been told in the last week Meghan and Harry will only have two children… and we’re all completely ignoring the real problem the Earth faces, and that is the population of the globe is exploding.
“Whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6 billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.” Mr Farage, who was introduced to the conference as “quite possibly” Britain’s next prime minister, praised the Queen, describing her as “an amazing, awe-inspiring woman, we’re bloody lucky to have her”.
But he made disparaging remarks about Prince Charles because of his views on climate change and also the late Queen Mother. “When it comes to her son, Charlie Boy, and climate change, oh dear,” he said.
“Her Royal Highness the Queen’s mother was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old. All I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s … may the Queen live a very, very long time.” Asked about women choosing not to have children due to the climate crisis, he commented on Harry and Meghan’s decision to have only two children.
“If I want the Queen to live a long time to stop Charlie Boy becoming king, I want Charlie Boy to live even longer and William to live forever to stop Harry becoming king,” he said. His comments, made in a speech on Saturday, emerged yesterday, as Harry and Meghan marked International Youth Day by promoting a British website, GirlDreamer, that aims to “empower” women of colour by using foul-mouthed slogans such as “Disrupt s*** daily” and “F*** your abortion laws”.
Buckingham Palace said the website was supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. However, it could not explain how the messages fitted in with the monarchy’s stated objective of acting as a focus for national identity, unity and pride as well as giving a sense of stability and continuity.
Mr Farage’s reference to Harry dressing up “inappropriately” was in praise of his controversial decision to wear a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party back in 2005.
Media were not invited to the speech but part of it was recorded and other parts leaked. However, his spokesman denied that he had described Harry as the “prince of wokeness” and said some remarks were taken out of context. He said: “This is not an attack on the Queen Mother in the slightest. It’s basically saying she lived until 101 so the Queen, given she has a much better lifestyle than the Queen Mother, will live for a lot longer.”
Was Nigel Farage justified in his stinging attack on the Royal Family?
YES, says Phil Dampier, Royal watcher and author of Royally Suited
I THINK Farage’s comments have been taken out of context.
He was praising the Queen Mum for her attitude by drinking gin and not looking after herself but still managing to Iive to 101 and he hopes the Queen does too.
He certainly has a point about Harry and Meghan.
Everyone I meet, of all ages and backgrounds, tell me they are going off them and it’s something they need to deal with quickly.
Harry was the most popular royal just a year or so ago but now he is losing that title rapidly and to make it worse, he looks unhappy himself.
In my opinion they need to cut out the preaching about climate change and racism and knuckle down to some run-of-the mill royal jobs, meeting the public and shaking some hands.
They could start by taking on some of the 1,500 patronages currently belonging to the Queen and Prince Philip.
NO, says Victoria Murphy, royal commentator
NOW that these comments are in the public domain, I’m wondering whether even Nigel Farage thinks they were a good idea.
It’s all very well praising the Queen but pretty pointless if you then go on to throw personal insults at her family – including her beloved late mother.
Mr Farage may have been playing to the audience and going out of his way to get a few laughs.
But I don’t think that many people will find it funny or agree with his assessment that Harry dressing up as a Nazi contributed to endearing him to the nation.
Of course our politicians should be able to critique the royal family.
But that does not amount to the same thing as Mr Farage mocking them as merely fodder for his own material while promoting his own brand of politics.