Nigel Farage has defended comments about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle over their ‘irrelevant’ environmental campaigns and decision have a maximum of two children.
In a speech at a Conservative political conference in Australia over the weekend, the Brexit party leader ripped into the royal couple and claimed that Harry’s popularity had ‘fallen off a cliff’ after meeting Meghan.
He also branded the late Queen Mother, who lived to 101, an ‘overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker,’ apparently inspiring confidence that the Queen will live much longer.
Speaking to a partisan crowd of around 500 people in a Q&A, he praised the Duke of Sussex’s early ‘boisterous’ years.
‘He was this young, brave, boisterous, all male, getting into trouble, turning up at stag parties inappropriately dressed, drinking too much and causing all sorts of mayhem,’ he said.
‘And then, a brave British officer who did his bit in Afghanistan. He was the most popular royal of a younger generation that we’ve seen for 100 years.
‘And then he met Meghan Markle, and it’s fallen off a cliff,’ the Guardian reported.
‘We’ve been told in the last week that Meghan and Harry will only have two children… and we’re all completely ignoring, the real problem the Earth faces, and that is the fact the population of the globe is exploding but no one dares talk about it, no one dares deal with it.
‘Whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6 billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.’
The Prince attracted controversy last month after telling an activist and chimpanzee expert that the couple will only have two children for the sake of the planet.
Harry said he now views the natural world differently since becoming a father to three-month-old son Archie, and when quizzed by the primatologist about how many children he is planning to have with Meghan, he replied ‘two, maximum’.
Brexit party spokesman Gawain Towler defended the MEP’s comments about Prince Harry.
‘No derogatory comments were made about Prince Harry whatsoever and all reporting otherwise is incorrect,’ he told Yahoo News.
‘Mr Farage explicitly said he hopes the Queen lives a long and healthy life and he continues to support Her Majesty.’
‘Australians loved the old Prince Harry,’ he said.
‘The whole point of the monarchy is that they don’t have political mandate and does not involve itself in contentious political matters.