By Jonathan Reed
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There is a famous saying: ‘A hypocrite is more dangerous than a dishonest man. A dishonest man deceives and swindles. A hypocrite does the same, but without you even realising.’
In recent days we have seen arguably some of the most blatant examples of hypocrisy, which not only are turning a beloved institution into the punchline of a joke, but more ominously threatening its very survival altogether. The institution you ask… The Royal Family.
The September Issue of British Vogue, guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex, has dominated the Press front pages. Naturally criticism has followed, with Meghan berated for failing to choose the Queen or her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, to feature on the front page of the issue dedicated to women who implement “forces for change.”
Like most things Meghan does, division followed. Royalists screamed this wasn’t what they expected from a member of the Royal Family. Meghan Markle fans – aka the Sussex Squad – bellowed back accusations of double standards, and inevitably, racism.
But whilst the Duchess’ Vogue issue maybe too ‘right on’ for some royal fans, the choice of those adorning Vogue’s front page doesn’t seem worthy enough for such a suggestion as the abolition of the Monarchy. And as the media began to pick apart Meghan’s ‘Forces for Change’ magazine it became clear that it wasn’t its front page, but what was written inside it that caused severe accusations of hypocrisy.
Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry had partaken in an interview with world-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall. Accompanied by a small selection of glossy photographs the interview covered the subject of Climate Change. And whilst Goodall’s comments were insightful, it was her interviewer’s which rang alarm bells. For what became instantly apparent is that our former cheeky Prince was now annoyingly patronising.
If there is one thing which frustrates those who dabble in the Climate Change debate, it is the pompous, guilt tripping, condescending “advice” activists like Prince Harry spout. And it is advice no one asked for from activists who preach one thing and practice the opposite.
So, what exactly did the Duke of Sussex say which has caused a barrage of backlash and could be seemingly threatening the whole royal institution?
In what could arguably be described as Harry’s most unguarded comments yet – and considering his past that’s saying something – the new father insinuated, to much fanfare, that he and his wife would only have two children to help minimise carbon emissions and save the environment.
Now whilst many scientists agree with the concerning over-population of the planet, it seems utterly bizarre that a member of the Royal Family would promote a subject which could easily fit into the realms of politics. He also said: “I always think to myself, whenever there’s another natural disaster, a huge increase in volcano eruptions or earthquakes or flooding, how many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and the destruction that we’re causing?”
True. And less than 24-hours after asking that question, did our eco-warrior Prince purchase an electric car or even better “yaba daba doo”, the Flinstones model? Did he transform his £3 million cottage into a giant eco-friendly yurt? Or did he book himself in for a future vasectomy after his and Meghan’s potential second and ‘final’ child?
No, of course not! Instead he hopped on a private jet, then private helicopter to travel to a $20 million climate change conference hosted by Google in Sicily. In doing so Harry contributed 1.3 tonnes of carbon emissions into the planet where the Duke describes human beings as “the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.”
Fortunately for ‘terrified’ Harry he could make himself feel better by sharing his fears with celebrities and billionaires who advocate his climate concerns. Barack Obama, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Coldplay, Harry Styles, Gayle King, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Bradley Cooper, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller all reportedly attended too, arriving in a climate cartel of 114 private jets and a couple of $100 million-plus superyachts. Altogether they belched out over 700,000 kilograms of carbon emissions by just traveling to the ‘camp’.
Phew! I feel safer already!
Harry was said to have delivered a ‘passionate’ speech on the impending doom that is global warming and how humanity must change our lifestyles to reset the direction of climate change. He was reportedly barefoot when he addressed his fellow celebrity climate warriors, which I’m presuming was his way of stating he meant business and instead of “the gloves” being off, his socks were?
The unexpected irony is the British public mean business too, and rightly so they are extremely close to reaching their wits end over a Prince who was once the public’s most popular. My goodness how the tide has epically turned.
I don’t say this to sound dramatic, but I can easily state that I have never seen such a quick and blatant plummet in public affection and popularity for a Royal couple than we’re still watching unravel against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And more concerning, Harry and Meghan and even the Royal Family seem to want to do nothing to stop it.
When approached for comment about Harry’s climate vacation and whether Taxpayers had forked out the money for his private jet and helicopter, Buckingham Palace astonishingly responded by stating they “would not be commenting on this.”
I’m sorry, what?
A member of the British Royal Family traverses to a billionaire’s private climate camp to deliver a speech and stroke his own ever-burgeoning ego, and when the Press and public ask a simple easy-to-answer question, Buckingham Palace go radio-silent? You couldn’t write it?
As the days pass on and more and more information emerge about Google’s climate camp and Prince Harry’s attendance, the more the public’s anger grows, and worryingly spreads. What I fear, is that what is now focused criticism at Prince Harry is quickly spreading to the entire Royal institution. As more and more people begin to question how this once apolitical and unifying entity is shedding its skin and delving headfirst into the political fray, has its purpose run its course? Do we want a Monarchy that actively pushes a certain ideology in a world that is so viciously divided? Will we see an ancient institution actively alienate a part of the British public all to please billionaires and celebrities? Prince Harry certainly seems to be starting to think so.
It is hard not to look at the Duke of Sussex and smell the repugnant stench of hypocrisy when it comes to his interview in Meghan’s British Vogue issue. He has, like that old proverbial saying above, become a hypocrite whose decisions are threatening to damage his reputation beyond repair. Why? Because he sadly believes his own dishonesty to the public isn’t dishonest. He will most likely feel as if the accusations of hypocrisy are just an over-reaction perpetuated by the media which isn’t shared by the public conscience.
My goodness is he in for a shock.