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Harry and Meghan Markle have added yet more accolades to their names after being given an award by Population Matters, a UK-based charity that campaigns for a “sustainable human population”. It said the couple had made an “enlightened” decision to have only two children. Harry hinted at this before while speaking to Vogue – the issue Meghan edited – when he said he would have a “maximum” of two children.

The pair have those two in Archie and Lilibet, and all currently live in the US.

For a brief spell in the aftermath of their wedding, their time in the Royal Family couldn’t have gone better.

But, after the honeymoon period, things turned sour, resulting in their eventual divorce from the Firm.

Spending 2020 in relative obscurity, Meghan and Harry ramped up their 2021, supercharging it with a scattering of media appearances.

The most controversial came when they sat down with US talk show host and close friend Oprah Winfrey, aiming several sensitive allegations at the royals on mental health and racism, among other things.

Harry went on to appear in a further string of broadcast interviews – including after Prince Philip’s funeral – much to the dismay of royal commentators and the public.

In the aftermath, Daily Telegraph columnist and wife to Piers Morgan, Celia Walden, gave Harry what she said was some much needed PR advice.

Describing it as the best guidance “he’s ever going to get,” Ms Walden said: “It doesn’t necessitate lengthy conference Zooms or complex ‘communications strategy’ spreadsheets – complete with popularity flowcharts – and…it has the bonus of being free.

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“Harry: stop talking. Pipe down. Quit chattering.

“Put a sock in it. Shush.”

Ms Walden paid special attention to Harry’s comments on the US Constitution.

Appearing on celebrity Dax Shephard’s podcast, ‘Armchair Expert’, 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.”

Many Americans hit out at the Prince’s comments, especially as July 4 – the US’ Independence Day – approached.

Fox News TV host Laura Ingraham, in response to the interview, tweeted: “Don’t let the doorknob hit you, Windsor.”

Jay Caruso, managing editor of the Washington Examiner, added: “This is why July 4th is referred to as Losers Day in your homeland.”

Added to the chorus of discontent was veteran Navy Intelligence officer Jack Posobiec, who quipped: “Prince Harry attacking America’s First Amendment tells you everything you need to know.”

The First Amendment covers a number of basic freedoms in the US – including freedom of religion; speech; the press; the right to assemble and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Ted Cruz, a senator for Texas and ally of the Trump-wing of the Republican party, criticised the comments, simply tweeting: “Nice that he can say that.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Population Matters said: “In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families.

“Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.

“We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”

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