The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have issued a statement expressing their anguish over the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, provoking widespread mockery from media personalities and commentators.
On his GB News show Farage sardonically ripped into the royal couple’s exaggerated gesture. “In a crisis, there are two people that we really badly need,” said the Brexit icon. “Yes, it’s Harry and Meghan to give us their wisdom and we’ve been so fortunate that they have made a statement.
Reading out an excerpt, Farage said: “They told us that ‘the world is an exceptionally fragile place right now due to the situation in Afghanistan right now. We are left speechless’.
“Well thank goodness for that,” said Farage with a glint in his eye. “Please, Harry and Meghan, stay speechless for as long as you possibly can.”
Thrown into the couple’s commentary, posted on their Archewell Foundation’s site, were references to the recent earthquake in Haiti and new Covid variants, which have left them “heartbroken” and “scared”.
“When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not,” they add. “And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action – together.”
Fans of the couple are invited to support a select list of organisations to “prove our humanity”. They have not revealed what kind of support they are providing, if any.
The Daily Mail was quick to point out that the text was littered with Americanisms like “fall”. “Organization” is spelt with a “z”, as is “realize”, suggesting Meghan took the lead – Harry released a solo statement through his patronage of the Invictus Games Foundation earlier in the week, which tellingly avoided blaming President Biden for the unfolding humanitarian disaster.
“Meghan’s statement and Harry just going along with it,” commented one individual on social media.
The Spectator’s Joannna Williams derided the wording as “glib”. Like Farage, she welcomed their speechlessness confession.
“No doubt, there’ll be no more Oprah interviews or birthday messages. And there’ll be no more lectures from Harry on the importance of imagining how it feels to be a raindrop or from Meghan on the importance of people asking her if she is okay,” Williams taunted.
“At least, that’s what we should assume, right? Surely being left ‘speechless’ is a sign that you are about to shut up? Unless, of course, you are Harry and Meghan. In their world, being ‘speechless’ requires the release of a 200-word public statement.”
Farage’s GB News colleague, Simon McCoy broke out into a fit of giggles live on air. “Sorry, only they would break their silence to tell us they are speechless.”
McCoy and co-host Kirsty Gallacher were joined by royal expert, Angela Levin who took a dim view of the couple’s latest stunt, branding it “another attempt to form an alternate woke royal family”.