Prince Harry was the featured speaker at the United Nations general assembly in New York to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day. It didn’t go over well.
For starters, Harry offered his take on climate change — despite not exactly being an expert in the field.
His selection was noted for its ridiculousness.
“If you’re going to deliver a keynote speech on climate change you would assume that rather than virtue signaling you would address some of the issues in your own life,” royal commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo said on GB News.
Harry said that climate change is “wreaking havoc on our planet.” But he didn’t stop there. He also addressed what he said are “lies and disinformation at the expense of the many.”
Perhaps his strongest words came when he compared the overturning of constitutional rights in the U.S. to the war in Ukraine. (Though he did not mention Roe v. Wade by name.)
“From the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom — the cause of Mandela’s life,” Harry said.
Of course, Harry and his family use private jets extensively, leaving their very own carbon footprint.
“It’s private jets everywhere,” Eamonn Holmes said on GB News.
“That’s not just unique to him,” added Isabel Webster. “His father also uses a private jet, his brother also uses a private jet and they’re lauded and celebrated for their green outlooks.”
It wasn’t a lone station that bagged on Harry…
Political commentator Meghan McCain was also among those who blasted Harry’s speech.
“The speech was confusing and wildly insulting to the undoubtedly few Americans, who may have been watching,” she wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.
Comedian and author Adam Carolla was even more direct about Harry in a interview with Fox News.
“He’s just such a colossal blowhard,” Carolla said. “But bigger picture, it’s just easier to make fun of the United States for everyone, and that’s only because of how big we are… We’re so powerful where we’ve done so much, and I also feel like a lot of these countries we bailed out in World War II circled back because there’s some weird shame factor. So they’re kind of going after us because we did bail them out. The countries we bombed in World War II are better to us than the countries we bailed out in World War II.”