Prince Harry’s US popularity ‘threatened’ as he slams ‘bonkers’ First Amendment
Prince Harry's popularity in the US could be threatened after he blasted the First Amendment as “bonkers”, according to his biographer.
Angela Levin says his “unfortunate” choice of words could start the “decline” of American fans’ affection for him.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared to criticised the cherished amendment – the right to free speech – during a chat with actor Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast.
But it sparked a furious backlash, along with claims he had “lost the plot”.
Ms Levin, who spent time with the duke to write her 2018 biography Harry: Conversations with a Prince, questioned how it would affect his standing in the US, where he lives with wife Meghan Markle.
She tweeted on Wednesday: “Could Harry's unfortunate use of the word ‘bonkers' when asked about the First Amendment start the decline of his popularity in the USA?”
Royal author and commentator Robert Jobson replied: “Perhaps not the best choice of word for somebody so aware of mental health issues…"
Speaking on the podcast last week, Harry said: “I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.
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“I don't want to start going down the First Amendment route because that's a huge subject and one which I don't understand because I've only been here a short time, but you can find a loophole in anything.
“You can capitalise or exploit what's not said rather than uphold what is said.”
But critics hit out at his comments on social media, especially as he openly admitted he didn’t understand.
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One wrote on Twitter: “Prince Harry having strong opinions on the First Amendment without understanding it or informing himself about it shows how well he is assimilating here.”
Prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage, the leader of Reform UK, added: “For Prince Harry to condemn the USA’s First Amendment shows he has lost the plot.
“Soon he will not be wanted on either side of the pond.”
The duke had raised the issue of the First Amendment after saying he was being followed by the media in Los Angeles, including by using drones and helicopters.
The First Amendment, part of the US Constitution, also protects freedom of religion, speech, the press and the right of peaceful assembly.
It also covers the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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