Harry and Meghan never explicitly mentioned Trump when they said people should “reject hate speech, disinformation and negativity online” – but a GOP congressman says the implication is clear.
A Republican member of Congress wrote a letter of protest to the British Ambassador to the United States, alleging that when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recorded a video last month calling on American voters to “reject hate speech, disinformation and negativity online ”. they were indeed campaigning against President Donald Trump.
“These actions represent a serious violation of the policy of political neutrality of the British Royal Family and inappropriate interference by one of our closest allies,” wrote Representative Jason Smith of the 8th Missouri District in the letter Friday.
Smith called on Dame Karen Pierce, the UK’s Ambassador to Washington, DC, to ask the UK government to ensure that the two men “no longer attempt to interfere” in the US elections “or are stripped of them all. the titles, styles and privileges they currently retain. “
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that this is the most important election of our lives, but this one is,” said Meghan, who, like her son, Archie, is a American citizen as well as a British member. Royal family.
“As November approaches, it is vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation and negativity online,” Harry added.
Harry and Meghan moved away from the royal family earlier this year, reaching a dealing with the queen where they would no longer accept UK taxpayers’ money or use their ‘royal highness’ titles in exchange for fewer rights and more privacy. They now live in California.
In their voting video, the two men never mentioned Trump explicitly. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said at the time of the video’s release they simply called for “decency and respect” and did not support any candidate.
The point was raised by several people on Friday, noting that Smith appeared to associate his party leader with “hate speech, disinformation and negativity online.”
Others noted that in addition to misspelling Markle’s name, lawmakers ignored that she was a U.S. citizen and had the right to vote.
Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat representing Illinois’ 8th District, also weighed in.
Still, the main royal assistants told the Times newspaper in the UK last month that the comments violated the pair’s deal parting with senior royalty. They suggested the Queen and others should steer clear of the remarks further.
When President Trump was asked about the comments at a White House press conference and was falsely told that the couple explicitly endorsed Joe Biden, he said he was “not a fan” of Meghan.
“I wish Harry the best of luck – because he will need it,” Trump said.
Before she became royal and was still an actress on Suit, Meghan had spoken out against Trump, calling him a “divider”.
The Los Angeles-born actor nicknamed him “misogynist … and so vocal about it“, And said she was planning to stay in Canada, where she filmed Suit, if he won.
Last year, the Sun newspaper asked Trump about his old comments ahead of his state visit to the UK.
“I didn’t know that,” Trump said. “What can I say? I had no idea she was mean. (He later denied making those comments.)
President Trump, of course, interfered in the British election himself. Ahead of the British elections in December, he called on the British to dismiss Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“Corbyn would be so bad for your country. He would be so bad, he would take you so bad. It would take you to such bad places, ”Trump said in October 2019.
In 2016, as he ran for president and UK voters contested Brexit, Trump said they would be. “better off” without the European Union.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess Smith and the British Embassy in Washington, DC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.