Prince Harry is once again in the news. He went on the podcast Chair specialist, Hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. While everything Prince Harry says is bound to spark controversy, his comments on the podcast have royally tickled some conservative media figures.
Always happy to take shots at Duke and Duchess of Sussex Piers Morgan wrote an op-ed for this daily Mail Tearing at Prince Harry’s comments and personal life. He is not alone in his anger. Political personalities such as Nigel Faraj, Meghan McCain and Dan Crenshaw took to Twitter to express their anger at Prince Harry’s comments.
What did Prince Harry say that made people so upset, and do they really have any basis for standing up? We will break it down completely for you.
Attack on free speech
Pierce Morgan and others claimed in news outlets that Prince Harry had made a vicious attack on free speech during his interview Chair specialist. They cite the moment Prince Harry said, “I have so much about the First Amendment that I want to understand it, but it’s bonkers.”
That statement has been published and reposted all over Twitter and various news outlets. Morgan wrote the first part of his op-ed writing about his love for First Amendment and reprimanded Prince Harry for attacking an important right of the American people. In his op-ed, Morgan wrote: “We can safely assume that he hates anything that gives journalists the security to say things they don’t like”.
Other conservative celebrities also complained. Nigel Faraj wrote on Twitter: “Condemning the USA First Amendment for Prince Harry shows that he has lost the plot.” On the American side of the Atlantic, Meghan McCain tweeted, “We fought a war in 1776, so we don’t care what you say or think.”
From the responses to Prince Harry’s interview, you might think that he was advocating the complete abolition of the First Amendment. However, this is far from the truth.
Context is important
Many news outlets that have resented Prince Harry’s comments seem to have disassociated his statement from its actual context. Prince Harry was not expressing disdain for freedom of the press. Instead, he and Dax Shepard were talking about how Rose’s paparazzi has erased not only her privacy but also her children’s privacy.
Shepard and Prince Harry were talking about the struggle to give their children a normal childhood, while paparazzi and journalists were constantly following them. Sheppard reported that he and his wife Kristen Bell launched a “No Kids Policy” campaign to encourage paparazzi to leave the children alone. Sheppard said the two decided to make public headlines, but their children did not.
Shepard explained that because the First Amendment made it legal to take photographs of children of famous people, he and Bell had to encourage journalists to leave children alone with respect and decency. On the podcast, both men spoke of not taking their children for a walk or to the beach without being harassed by cameras and journalists.
It was at this time that Prince Harry made his remarks about the First Amendment, which Sheppard said. Prince Harry did not say that the First Amendment should be undone, but news outlets should find a balancing point that would give their children some privacy.
It is possible that Piers Morgan and others did not hear the citation in the proper context. If he had, his reaction would have been different.
Do you think Prince Harry and Dax Shepard are right, and there should be some place for privacy in their lives? Tell us in the comments!