As Britain’s leading Brexiteer, Nigel Farage has a habit of popping up in unexpected places just to be inflammatory. This spring it was the Mueller report, where he was referenced as a potential connection to Julian Assange. In 2016, it was a weird Donald Trump rally in Mississippi, where he said, “I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me.” This weekend, however, it was a right-wing conference in Australia, where he decided it was the perfect moment to let everyone know exactly how he feels about the royal family.
Would it surprise you to know that he doesn’t particularly care for them? Turns out that he really does not care for them. According to the Daily Mail, Farage launched into a tirade against Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince Charles at the Australian Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney. He called Harry the “prince of wokeness,” claimed his popularity had “fallen off a cliff” since meeting Meghan, and did a little amateur philosophizing about population growth in China and India.
Though Harry has never publicly commented on Brexit, it hasn’t stopped him from being awkwardly dragged into the conversation against his will. In June 2018, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, claimed that Harry was willing to give Brexit a chance in an interviewwith Good Morning Britain. Last fall one Brexit-supporting member of Parliament told the Atlantic that he wanted Harry to become the ambassador to the U.S. to help negotiate a Brexit trade deal.
And Farage has never been one to leave the royal family alone either. His ill will toward Charles, whom he called “Charlie boy” in Australia, is well documented. In 2008, Farage was the only member of the European Parliament who did not participate in a standing ovation after Charles gave a speech to the body. He seemed surprised to now have so much anger toward Harry, though. “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 said. “And then a brave British officer who did his bit in Afghanistan.” He blames Meghan for the changes in Harry’s personality, and in that he is not alone, though he might be the only person who vastly preferred the prince in his wild-child phase.
He saved his most personal attacks for a member of the family who is no longer around to defend herself. “The queen’s mother was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old,” he said.
There is one person in the royal family whom he approves of, however, and it’s the queen. “[The queen is] an amazing, awe-inspiring woman. We’re bloody lucky to have her,” he said. Farage seems to understand that in a true monarchy, there’s only one person you have to avoid angering, and that’s the woman at the top.