Prince Harry rebuked over silence on military service in Afghan plea 'Didn't land well!'


    Royal Rota Producer Lizzie Robinson has questioned Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent statement on Afghanistan in the latest episode of the royal podcast. Earlier this month the Sussex’s released a statement on their official website addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Ms Robinson told ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship that the statement had not “landed brilliantly” with the public, something she put down to Harry not opening up about his personal experieces of serving in the Afghan war.

    Ms Robinson told the podcast: “They did come in for quite a lot of criticism, didn’t they?

    “And I suppose they felt that they were using their platform to highlight different ways of supporting things going on around the world.

    “I wonder if it might have been Harry as we said obviously did serve twice in Afghanistan.

    “Would it have had more impact had Harry released a more personal statement about his experiences in Afghanistan?”

    The producer added: “Would that have landed better than perhaps what they put out?

    “Which did not land brilliantly.”

    It comes after Harry and Meghan releases a statement in which the couple called on people to support a number of organisations backed by the Sussexes to help address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

    The statement also addressed other global issues such as last month’s Haitian earthquake. 

    “The world is exceptionally fragile right now, as we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless,” read the Sussex’s statement.

    “As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken.

    “And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.

    “When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not.

    “And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it,” continued the statement.

    “It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together.”

    Prince Harry served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, flying as an apache helicopter pilot.

    The Duke served in the army for a total of ten years and rose to the rank of Captain.


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