In his latest interview, the Duke of Sussex told of how he has so far failed to get his head around the US Constitution’s First Amendment, which includes freedom to practice religion, speak out against others and attend protests. Fourteen months after the sixth-in-line to the throne touched down in California to set up home, Harry, 36, admitted he has failed to “understand” the laws covering the right to express oneself.
Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, 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.
“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.”
Americans were quick to react to his latest admission, with many launching into nationalistic tirades in defence of their homeland.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late US senator John McCain and co-host of ABC’s talkshow The View, hit out at Harry’s words.
The conservative commentator took to Twitter to remind the Prince about the War of Independence (1775 – 1783) in which the Americans in the 13 colonies defeated the British to establish the United States.
She said the Queen’s grandson had “chosen to seek refuge from your homeland” and should therefore be more careful about his words when it comes to describing the laws of his adopted nation.
Ms McCain tweeted: “We fought a war in 1776 so we don’t have to care what you say or think.
And members of the American public were also outspoken in their view on Harry’s criticism of US laws.
One man tweeted: “Let’s think about it for a moment.
“Our constitution works as intended by allowing him to badmouth it without consequences.
“And that’s how it was designed to be. And that’s how it is. And that is how it should stay.
“God bless these United States.”
Another man pointed to the irony of Harry’s words.
He said: “The great thing about the First Amendment is that it gives you the freedom to ignorantly criticize the First Amendment.”
And one woman summed up the podcast appearance as “Harry making use of his First Amendment right”.
Harry and Meghan are just weeks away from welcoming their baby girl.
Since touching down in the duchess’ home state in March 2020, the Sussexes have celebrated multiple milestones in their new country.
In February they announced their baby news to the world and earlier this month they celebrated Archie’s second birthday.
The couple will mark their third wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Published at Mon, 17 May 2021 20:27:00 +0000