LONDON (Reuters) – Nigel Farage, the leader of Britains Brexit Party, has lambasted Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan along with other members of the royal family in a speech in Australia, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage stands outside Downing Street in London, Britain, June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
According to the Guardian, Farage ridiculed Harrys remarks last month that the couple only wanted two children because of the environmental impact, while he also described the Queen Mother, the late mother of the monarch, as an “slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker”.
Despite having repeatedly failed to be elected to Britains parliament, Farage has over the last decade become one of the most prominent political figures in the country, first as leader of UKIP and now head of the Brexit Party, which came out on top in the UK in Mays European Parliament elections.
Media were not present for Farages speech to Sydneys Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday but the Guardian said it had heard a recording of part of it.
Farages spokesman said the comments had been taken out of context and the Guardian had “been naughty”.
“Theyre playing fast and loose with this,” he said.
While Farage, who relishes his reputation as a plain-speaking man of the people, lavished praise on the Queen, saying she was “an amazing, awe-inspiring woman, were bloody lucky to have her”, he derided her son and heir Prince Charles.
“When it comes to her son, when it comes to Charlie Boy and climate change, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Her mother, Her Royal Highness the queens mother, was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old,” he said according to the paper.
“All I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s … may the queen live a very, very long time.”
He also took aim at Charless younger son Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“Well, if I want the queen to live a long time to stop Charlie Boy becoming king, I want Charlie Boy to live even longer and William to live forever to stop Harry becoming king,” Farage was quoted as saying.
“Terrifying! Here was Harry, here 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 was the most popular royal of a younger generation that weve seen for 100 years.
“And then he met Meghan Markle, and its fallen off a cliff.”