LONDON (Reuters) – Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s 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 Harry’s 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 Britain’s 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 May’s European Parliament elections.
Media were not present for Farage’s speech to Sydney’s Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday but the Guardian said it had heard a recording of part of it.
Farage’s spokesman said the comments had been taken out of context and the Guardian had “been naughty”.
“They’re 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, we’re 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 queen’s mother, was