Nigel Farage insists he’s a ‘big royalist’ despite earlier criticism
Nigel Farage insists he’s a ‘big royalist’ and wants the Queen to reign for years despite slamming ‘Prince of Wokeness’ Harry and Meghan Markle – but admits to having ‘run ins’ with Prince Charles over politics after criticising him AGAIN
- EXCLUSIVE: Nigel Farage said he still supported royal family despite comments
- Also clarified comments on the Queen Mother, who he said he ‘hugely admired’
- Used a tour to Australia to blast Prince Charles and Duke and Duchess of Sussex
- Lambasted Charles and his claims about climate change and melting ice caps
- 24 hours earlier he lampooned the prince and said he hoped Queen outlives him
- At Sydney Conservative conference he called Prince Harry, ‘Prince of Wokeness’
- He also said Harry’s popularity has ‘fallen off a cliff’ since he married Meghan
Nigel Farage has insisted he is a ‘big royalist’ and wants the Queen to reign for years despite slamming ‘Prince of Wokeness’ Harry and Meghan Markle – but admitted to having ‘run ins’ with Prince Charles after attacking him again.
The Brexit Party leader used an interview on Sunday to double down on his earlier criticism of the Prince of Wales, who he calls ‘Charlie boy’, for telling a 2008 EU summit that the North Polar ice cap could disappear completely by 2015.
Speaking to MailOnline today, Mr Farage insisted he was still a supporter of the royal family, but renewed his attacks on the Queen’s son for ‘getting involved in politics’.
The MEP referenced an incident in 2008 when he refused to join a standing ovation for the prince after he used a Brussels speech to call for ‘determined leadership’ from the EU to tackle climate change – which he took to mean increased powers.
In comments where he also clarified his comments on the Queen Mother, he said: ‘I am a huge fan of the Queen and the Duke and have been honoured to meet them a couple of times, I am a big royalist but I have had public run-ins with Charles over politics.
‘I said that the Queen Mother, who I hugely admired, had lived to 101 despite a non-healthy lifestyle and thus I hope that her daughter long outlived her.’
Nigel Farage has today insisted he is still a ‘big royalist’ despite his criticism of Prince Charles, (right) which he repeated in an interview on Sunday (left)
The MEP had also laid into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in New Zealand, last October, suggesting Harry’s popularity had ‘fallen off a cliff’ since marrying Meghan
Mr Farage’s latest comments come after he told Sky News Australia on Sunday: ‘He [Prince Charles] came to the European Parliament ten years ago to tell us within seven years the polar ice cap would disappear completely. At the end of his speech, I refused to stand, I just sat there.’
He also used the interview to poke fun at the late Queen Mother again, calling her a ‘slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101’, but sources close to Mr Farage insist he was celebrating her long life – not attacking her.
His latest panning of Prince Charles came just 24 hours after his extraordinary speech to Conservatives in Sydney where he laid into members of the Royal Family.
The outspoken MEP praised Britain’s ‘amazing, awe-inspiring’ Queen saying he hoped she would live ‘a long time to stop Charlie boy [Prince Charles] becoming king’.
He then lambasted Prince Charles’ views on climate change and claims he has interfered in British politics, saying: ‘Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. All I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s… may the Queen live a very, very long time’.
What did Nigel Farage say about the royals?
On Charles: ‘When it comes to Charlie Boy and climate change, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. All I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s… may the Queen live a very, very long time.’
On the line of succession: ‘Well, 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.
On Harry and Meghan’s relationship: ‘Terrifying! Here was Harry, here he was 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.
On Harry and Meghan’s plans to have only two children: ‘We’ve been told in the last week that Meghan and Harry will only have two children… and we’re all completely ignoring, the real problem the Earth faces, and that is the fact the population of the globe is exploding but no one dares talk about it, no one dares deal with it, and whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.’
On the Queen: ‘An amazing, awe-inspiring woman, we’re bloody lucky to have her’
On the late Queen Mother: ‘Her mother, Her Royal Highness the Queen’s mother was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old.’
On Harry: ‘The prince of wokeness.’
He then added that he wants Prince William ‘to live forever to stop Harry becoming king’.
Turning on Harry he then called him the ‘Prince of Wokeness’ because of his developing passion for social justice and his pledge to only have a ‘maximum’ of two children to help save the environment.
Mr Farage suggested that since marrying Meghan Markle last May the ‘young, brave, boisterous’ prince had lost his way and said his American wife had caused his popularity in the UK to ‘fall off a cliff’.
He added: ‘Whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6 billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.’
Turning back to the Queen’s long reign he finished: ‘All I can say about the Queen and his [Charles’] succession is this. The Queen Mother was a chain-smoking gin drinker who did not look after herself at all and lived to 101. The Queen is 93 and looks fit, may she reign for a very long time.’
His comments have caused a wave of controversy in the past 24 hours, with Twitter users divided over whether he is right – but many have defended his right to criticise the royals.
Graham Smith, chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, told MailOnline today: ‘Farage is wrong to dismiss the issues Harry, Meghan and Charles focus on, but he’s free to criticise the Royal Family if he wants to – and he’s right to suggest the royals need to keep out of politics.
‘We need to stop feigning outrage every time the royals get called out for what they say and do in public. They are public figures on the public payroll, we all have every right to criticise them any way we see fit. I may disagree with what Farage is saying, but I support his right to say it.
‘This is a salutary lesson in why the royals do themselves no favours by getting involved in political issues. It will divide opinion and often turn their own supporters against them.
‘But the problem is if they do and say nothing people will lose interest and start asking what’s the point of them. The royals should be very worried about the willingness of the Right to turn on the royals. Once the Queen goes, who will be there to defend the king?’
Then, 24 hours after the speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr Farage refused to back down from his claims on Sky News Australia on Sunday where he hit out at Charles again.
During the speech on Saturday, Mr Farage also ridiculed comments by the Duke of Sussex that he and wife Meghan planned to have a ‘maximum’ of two children for the sake of the planet.
A source close to Mr Farage told the Sun of his comments about the Queen Mother: ‘The idea he was attacking her is ridiculous – Nigel loves smoking and having a drink.’
Mr Farage’s spokesman also said the comments were not meant as criticism of Elizabeth’s mother, the wife of George VI who died in 2002, and were taken out of context.
‘This is not an attack on the Queen Mother in the slightest. It’s basically saying she lived until 101 so the queen, given that has a much better lifestyle than the Queen Mother, will live for a lot longer,’ the spokesman said.
Mr Farage is pictured at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney on Saturday where he praised the ‘amazing’ Queen but tore into the rest of her family
Ukip chief in race row over mayor
The new leader of Ukip was embroiled in a row last night after he admitted confusing London Mayor Sadiq Khan with the 7/7 bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan.
Richard Braine, who only took over at the weekend, was accused of ‘unacceptable racism’ by Labour.
The criticism followed his misspelling of the mayor’s name on Twitter as ‘Siddique Khan’, Buzzfeed reported yesterday.
After being corrected by another user, he replied: ‘Apologies, I often confuse him with the leader of the 7/7 bombers.’
The tweet was condemned as a ‘prejudiced joke’ by think-tank British Future, which works on social integration.
Director Sunder Katwala added: ‘This is casual anti-Muslim prejudice as old-school ‘banter’, except that quite a lot of effort seems to have gone into it.’
Mr Braine was the favoured candidate of former leader Gerard Batten, who stood down after the party was wiped out in May’s European elections, haemorrhaging support to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
Social media users have praised him for being ‘dead right on his opinion’, ‘absolutely correct’ and ‘spot on’.
Writing on Twitter, one Farage supporter said: ‘He’s just voicing what we are all thinking… and she got the taxpayer to pay for it! As far as Harry and Meghan are concerned they are just having a whale of a time and all on the British taxpayer!
‘We could use the money on far more deserving things instead of two jet setters.’
Another added: ‘Farage was clearly making the point that Markle is too overtly political and if you take the public purse, keep your views to yourself. Quite right.’
And a third said: ‘Farage is totally right in this. Harry was my second favourite royal after the Queen, but all of a sudden he’s a raging Lefty pain! The timing of the transformation would seem to support Farage’s thinking.’
However, others criticised his views including Labour MP David Lammy, who tweeted: ‘Lay off Meghan, you bellicose toad.’
Another said: ‘Nigel Farage is a weird kind of patriot. One that complains about every aspect of his country apart from himself.’
Media were not present at Saturday’s speech, but the Guardian newspaper said it had heard a recording of part of Mr Farage’s speech.
In reply to a question about women choosing not to have children because of climate change, Mr Farage said: ‘Well, 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.
‘Terrifying! Here was Harry, here he was 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 that Meghan and Harry will only have two children… and we’re all completely ignoring the real problem the Earth faces.
‘And that is the fact the population of the globe is exploding but no one dares talk about it, no one dares deal with it, and whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6 billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.’
Last month, Harry told activist and chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall he will only have two children for the sake of the planet.
Harry said he now views the natural world differently since becoming a father to three-month-old son Archie, and when quizzed by the primatologist about how many children he is planning to have with Meghan, he replied ‘two, maximum’.
It is not the first time Mr Farage has taken aim at Charles, having previously described his views on climate change as ‘naive and foolish at best’.
In 2008 he was the sole MEP who refused to applaud a speech on global warming by the prince.
It was that speech that Mr Farage was referring to when tearing into Charles in Australia over the weekend.
Royal commentator Robert Jobson said Mr Farage’s comments were the ‘epitome of ignorance’ and said his attack on the Queen Mother was a ‘cheap shot’.
He told MailOnline: ‘I was surprised by Farage’s rant against the royal family given his stance on the importance of the Sovereignty of our nation.
The Queen Mother, who died in 2002, is pictured leaving Buckingham Palace in London during Trooping the Colour in June 1991 with Princess Diana, who died in 1997, and Prince Harry. Mr Farage said he was celebrating her long life
The Queen and Prince Charles sign a book at the Scottish Parliament on June 29 this year – Mr Farage said he hopes Her Majesty reigns for a ‘long long time’
‘His comments are rude and unfounded; epitome of ignorance. But given his huge ego and overblown sense of self importance perhaps I shouldn’t be.
‘I thought his remarks against Her Majesty late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother were particularly offensive and uncalled for. I am sure many will find his comments offensive.
‘Especially given The Queen Mother’s life time of public service for Great Britain and her role alongside the King during World War Two… not to mention she is no longer here to answer back. A cheap shot.
‘He is undoubtedly an ego-centric exhibitionist who seems to says what he thinks the audience he is addressing wants to hear,
‘I think his assessment of our Royal Family and what they do for this country, the realms and the wider Commonwealth is both misjudged, very unfair and ill informed.
‘Perhaps at this time he should be talking up our country when overseas not insulting an institution that is at the heart of what is good about Great Britain.’
His comments come as Prince Harry faces renewed controversy over his trip to Google’s ‘green’ summit in Sicily.
The Prince is thought to have given an impassioned speech about the environment and humanitarianism while barefoot in front of an A-List crowd who flew in on 114 private jets.
But Harry was said to have been flown into Palmero airport on a chartered plane, before a helicopter whisked him onwards to the luxury resort of Verdura for the summit.
If he did travel via private jet, it would have put around three tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere – ten times more than going via commercial airliner.
Harry pictured on the shore of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island in Australia last October
The Prince then stayed on one of the giant super-yachts moored near the exclusive Verdura Golf and Spa Resort where the climate change retreat was held, according to reports.
According to experts, a 390ft super-yacht produces about 3.3 tons of damaging carbon dioxide each hour at sea by burning through around 200 gallons of fuel.
Environmental groups blasted the meeting for hypocrisy.
Tech giants and celebrities flocked to Sicily to show off their green credentials for the camp that focuses on global warming – but many failed to leave their private jets at home.
When contacted by MailOnline, Buckingham Palace refused to confirm Prince Harry’s attendance at the event or how he travelled to Sicily.
Mr Farage was introduced to the crowd in Australia as ‘quite possibly’ the next British PM, despite not being a member of parliament, and failing four times to be elected.
With the UK’s exit from the EU just weeks away, the former UKIP leader also used his stage time to tear strips out of the EU and its outgoing president, Jean Claude Juncker – but admitted that he and Mr Juncker shared a rapport.
‘I like Mr Juncker,’ Mr Farage said, ‘He’s the only person I know that makes me feel that I haven’t got a drink problem. I mean there’s having a glass of wine at lunch but crikey!’
Labour MP David Lammy blasted Mr Farage, telling the Brexit Party leader to ‘lay off Meghan’
Novelist Matt Haig also took aim at the former UKIP leader and questioned his patriotism
Actor David Schneider slammed Mr Farage for condoning Harry dressing in a Nazi uniform
The Brexit party leader also called Australia’s former PM Malcolm Turnbull a ‘snake’ as he savaged ‘trendy, metro, liberal elite’ leaders like David Cameron.
Mr Farage told the audience: ‘Malcolm Turnbull … pretended to be a conservative but actually turned out to be a snake.’
He added: ‘David Cameron was someone who was not conservative at all but a part of the trendy, metro, liberal elite masquerading as a conservative.’
Mr Farage backed Australia’s new PM, Scott Morrison who was elected last summer, telling the audience: ‘You’ve now got someone conservative, mainstream media [and] those in the middle of Melbourne and Sydney may not like him … But out where real people live, they voted for him.’
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