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Prince Harry’s savage swipe at Trump unveiled as Meghan criticised for election remarks

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Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have come under intense scrutiny for their recent remarks about the upcoming US presidential election since moving to California. Now the couple are no longer working royals, they are not bound by protocol to remain apolitical. Yet, Meghan’s attempts to encourage the US public to cast their votes has caused an international storm of criticism.

The Duchess of Sussex expressed her political opinions prior to becoming a royal when she dubbed Mr Trump “divisive” and “misogynistic” during his 2016 campaign.

However, the Duke of Sussex has taken aim at Mr Trump recently, too.

He was victim to YouTube pranksters who posed as teenage environmentalist Greta Thuberg back on New Year’s Eve and in late January.

Unaware of whom he was actually talking to, Harry said the world was being led by some “very sick people”.

He continued: “The fossil fuel industry and certain presidents are driving completely the wrong agenda.

“I think the mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry so big, he has blood on his hands.

“Because the effect that that has on the climate and the island nations far, far away — again out of sight, out of mind.”

The phone calls were published in March and showed keen environmentalist Harry being duped into discussing a range of issues, including the struggles of the fictional island Chunga-Changa.

Despite his open attack on Mr Trump back then, neither Harry nor Meghan have mentioned any names during their recent speeches or endorsed any political party.

Meghan has been encouraging the electorate to hit the ballot box this November, because it is the “most important election of our lifetime”, while Harry has urged the US public to ignore hate speech and misinformation online.

Yet, as the Duchess of Sussex in particular has encouraged voters to seek “change”, critics have claimed her remarks were an endorsement of the Democrats’ candidate, Joe Biden.

Buckingham Palace has distanced itself from Prince Harry’s comments, too, especially after they both featured in ABC’s TIME special to honour voter registration day.

The Palace said: “We would not comment.

“The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are made in a personal capacity.”

Managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little, explained: “I think people will struggle a lot more with Prince Harry [commenting on the election] because as a prince of the blood it’s not seen as the done thing to talk about politics, be it British or American.”

He added that Harry is still part of the Royal Family, and it’s “something he wouldn’t do were he still in the UK”.

Mr Trump also lashed out after the comments and appeared to see Meghan’s words in the TIME special as an attack.

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He told reporters: “I’m not a fan of hers [Meghan’s].

“I would say this — and she has probably heard that — I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”

Meghan and Harry were also publicly snubbed by the President when they first relocated from Canada to the West Coast earlier this year.

After a public outcry over taxpayers in Canada potentially paying for the Sussexes’ security, the President was quick to shut down any assumptions that he would foot the bill for the non-working royals.

He tweeted: “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the [United] Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

“Now they have left Canada for the US, however, the US will not pay for their security protection.

“They must pay!”

A spokesperson for the Sussexes quickly jumped in, and said “privately funded security arrangements have been made”.

Meghan is expected to be the first royal to publicly vote in royal history, while Harry has admitted that he cannot vote in November as he is not a US citizen.

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