New headwinds for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan because of their comments on the 2020 US election: In an open letter on Twitter, a US politician describes the royals’ comments as inappropriate.
The call by Prince Harry, 36, and Duchess Meghan, 39, to the Americans to vote for a new boss in the White House in November has met with much criticism. The reason: England is one Constitutional monarchy and in this they are Members of the royal family urged to maintain political neutrality. Republican Congressman Jason Smith, 40, knows this too and turns to British Ambassador to the United States, Karen Pierce, 61.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should be silent on politics
“I am (…) concerned about the recent comments made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the presidential election in the United States. Particularly in light of international talks about foreign interference in our elections and the Duke’s status as a guest of the United States,” writes Smith. Above all, Prince Harry’s statement that it is “important that we reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity” as well as Duchess Meghan’s advice that “this is the most important choice in our lives,” come across Smith. Although the couple did not use the name Donald Trump during his appearance for TIME magazine, there is no doubt which of the candidates for election the warning words are aimed at.
Away with the royal title
The Republican admits that Harry and Meghan no longer use the title “Royal Highness” in public. But neither this nor the statement by the palace that Harry had spoken about the election “in a private capacity” legitimized the Sussexes to interfere, says Smith. He goes on to say that because of titles and privileges, it is impossible for Harry and Meghan to “separate comments made in a personal capacity from their official position within the British royal family.” The politician’s dicey conclusion: “By allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to retain their titles and continuing these political comments, the British government is effectively condoning the interference of top-ranking officials in the UK establishment in the United States’ 2020 presidential election.”
In the end, Congresswoman Ambassador Karen Pierce asked to forward his letter to Queen Elizabeth, 94, and the British government – with a clear message: either Harry and Meghan should refrain from making political statements or have their titles stripped.
Who is Jason Smith?
Jason Smith has represented the state of Missouri in the US House of Representatives since 2013. He belongs to the Republican Party. According to his website, he is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and supports traditional values. His tweet about Harry and Meghan was retweeted nearly 11,000 and liked nearly 25,000 times. Jason Smith will hardly put pressure on his letter. But constant dripping wears away the stone and so writing is one of many small pieces of the puzzle that could come together to form an unpleasant, big whole for the Sussexes.
The palace is silent, criticism from the Democrats
So far there has been no reaction from the Palast and Karen Pierce. For Jason Smith’s political opponent in Missouri. “While his constituents suffer, he spends his time on partisan talks and nonsensical corporations,” said Kathy Ellis of the Democrats in an interview with the “Huffington Post” Smith.
Sources used:huffpost.com, twitter.com/RepJasonSmith