Prince Harry must avoid ‘criticising President Biden’ if he uses his birthday tomorrow to speak about Afghanistan refugee crisis again because it could harm Meghan’s ‘political ambitions’, royal expert warns
- Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams thinks Harry will mark his birthday publicly
- He believes the prince may make a statement about Afghanistan
- But he has urged the Duke of Sussex to be cautious amid political tensions
- Meghan Markle marked her own recent 40th with a charitable initiative
A royal expert has warned Prince Harry to be cautious if he releases a statement on his upcoming birthday, because it could have unitentded consequences for Meghan’s potential future career in politics.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, Richard Fitzwilliams predicted that, Harry – who lives in an £11 million dollar mansion in California with wife Meghan and children Archie, 2, and baby Lilibet – will use his 37th birthday tomorrow to highlight a charitable initiative.
And he said that it’s reasonable to assume that he could choose to focus on the refugee crisis in Afghanistan, adding that he will have to ‘be careful not to say anything critical of President Biden’.
Meghan marked her recent 40th birthday with her own endeavour – the 40×40 project – in which she asked high profile people to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work.
And the couple also used the occasion of Archie’s second birthday to campaign for vaccine equity and urged fans to donate $5 to ensure access to the jab in low-income countries.
Richard Fitzwilliams believes Harry could launch a charitable initiative on his upcoming 37th birthday – and has warned the royal to ‘watch what he says’
But Richard Fitzwilliams has advised Harry to be careful what he says, amid the growing political tensions following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
‘It’s a big crisis and it would be a reasonable assumption that any birthday initiative might be linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis,’ he said.
‘Harry and Meghan seem to see their future in the US and Harry will have to watch what he says about US domestic matters, especially as it’s been speculated that Meghan is eyeing up a future in politics.’
It comes after Harry and First Lady Jill Biden last night praised each other’s support for wounded veterans during a 30 minute virtual event to celebrate Warrior Games Warrior athletes, their families, and caregivers.
Prince Harry thanked the warriors for their service and said the Warrior Games inspired his Invictus Games
Jill Biden praised Prince Harry’s work with wounded warriors on Monday during their first even together since she became first lady
During their first event together since she became First Lady and he moved to the United States, Dr Biden praised Harry, saying: ‘You live by a simple principle – served together recovered together.’
And Prince Harry returned the praise, thanking the First Lady for her support of veterans and their families.
‘Thank you for your service and your continued support over all these years. It’s been fantastic to see you in action in various parts of the world giving everything that you’ve got to so many people to not just those who wear the uniform but to the families as well. A lot of them wouldn’t be here without you so, so thank you,’ he said.
Last month, the couple were criticised for wading into Afghanistan crisis with woke ‘word salad’ statement, in which they said they were ‘speechless’ and feeling ‘the many layers of pain’.
The warning Harry should be cautious follows a recent YouGov poll showing his popularity has fallen – in part due to poor public responses to statements like this one about Afghanistan
The lengthy statement, released via the couple’s slick Archewell Foundation website, called on followers to support organisations including the World Central Kitchen, but failed to say how much they would be personally donating or details of how they would help.
Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin told FEMAIL: ‘I think Harry and Meghan’s grandiose, comfy and caring comments about the situation in Afghanistan, the disaster in Haiti and new Covid variants is another example of them trying to set up some sort of alternate woke royal family.
‘Like most of their “compassionate” gestures there is no indication about what they themselves will do and whether any donations will be going through Archewell Foundation.
On top of their comments on Afghanistan, YouGov cited the the fallout from their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, as well as the public responses to their statements surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, for the fall in the couple’s favourability ratings.
The couple’s highly-viewed interview with Oprah Winfrey has also been cited as a reason for the pair’s decline in popularity
The warning to be cautious about any comments around Afghanistan comes as a recent YouGov poll shows that Harry and Meghan’s popularity has gone down again, with YouGov citing ‘poor responses’ to the couple’s statements surrounding the withdrawal from Afghanistan as one of the reasons.
Positive opinion of the Duke of Sussex has fallen by nine points, from 43 percent in April to 34 per cent now.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, has seen a steady decline in her popularity this year, with positive opinion at 30 per cent in March, falling to 29 per cent in April, and dropping a further three points to 26 per cent now.
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