Prince Harry’s American dream sours amid backlash over calling First Amendment ‘bonkers’ as Meghan is mocked

Prince Harry’s American dream sours amid backlash over calling First Amendment ‘bonkers’ as Meghan is mocked

05/18/2021

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Prince Harry is facing a backlash in his adopted home of the US after criticising the country's historic First Amendment as "bonkers".

Described as one of America's most cherished founding principles, the constitutional amendment prevents the government from making laws which regulate religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the right to petition and the freedom of the press.

Harry has in recent years become a fierce critic of the press, as well as social media companies.

But he has in turn been criticised for taking to task only those in the media who call him and Meghan to account, while simultaneously signing deals with the likes of Netflix and Spotify.

Now his comments on actor Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast have attracted uncomfortable attention.

At the same time, Harry's wife Meghan Markle became the butt of the joke on Aussie comedy show Have You Been Paying Attention? last night.

The former actor was mocked by comedians Sam Pang and Tim McDonald after quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked the panel to name the first TV show Meghan appeared on following her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Have You Been Paying Attention? is the most popular panel show Down Under, and is considered Australia's answer to Britain's Mock the Week.

Tim was first to ring his buzzer, answering: "Was it… Better Homewreckers and Gardens?"

This was in reference to the Aussie show Better Homes and Gardens.

The panel burst into fits of laughter, as host Tom replied in mock disdain: "That is… very unkind. She cops a lot on this show!"

Sam was next to ring his buzzer, giving the tongue-in-cheek answer: "Family Feud."

In Prince Harry's podcast interview, host Shepard raised the issue of media protection under the First Amendment.

Initially Harry said he didn't want to '"start sort of going down the First Amendment because that's a huge subject and one which I don't understand".

But he went on to complain about the issue of privacy, saying "the laws have been completely flipped so they can make more money off our pain, our grief".

He said: '"I also have so much I want to say about the First Amendment, because I still don't understand it, but it is bonkers."

Several critics pointed out the US wrote its constitution after achieving independence from Britain.

Republican Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw said: "Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party."

Meghan McCain, co-host of US TV show The View, remarked: "We fought a war in 1776 so we don't have to care what you say or think – show some utter respect."

But many high-profile voices from across the world have praised the couple in recent weeks.

Australia's Today Extra host David Campbell this week declared he was proudly 'pro-Harry' because the Duke's recent public statements had sparked a discussion about mental health on a global scale.

Campbell began his defence of the Sussexes by hitting back at the suggestion Harry isn't allowed to speak about his unhappiness because of his privileged upbringing.

As he wrapped up the segment, he said: "I think Harry's a good thing. I don't know about the other royals. Harry's amazing."

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