Leave Harry alone! Why the Prince just can’t win

What­ever Harry does, some peo­ple can’t help hav­ing a go at the hand­some prince...

Best - - CONTENTS - WORDS: DEIRDRE O’BRIEN

With his gor­geous TV star girl­friend by his side, a third niece or nephew on the way and an­other suc­cess­ful In­vic­tus Games un­der his belt, you’d think Prince Harry would be rid­ing high.

But it seems that no mat­ter what he does, there are peo­ple who can’t re­sist tak­ing a pop.

Last week, all eyes were on Harry as he made his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance in Toronto with Meghan Markle, 36, who he has been dat­ing for a year. They at­tended a wheel­chair bas­ket­ball match to­gether – sit­ting side by side.

But pre­vi­ously, at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Harry, 33, was in the VIP box with US First Lady Me­la­nia Trump – while Meghan sat 20 rows away in the stands.

No doubt canny Harry didn’t want the in­evitable fuss about their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance to over­shadow his beloved In­vic­tus.

Yet his de­ci­sion got the goat of TV pre­sen­ter Piers Mor­gan, who claimed on Good Morn­ing Bri­tain that he should be drafted in to ad­vise the roy­als, and that their seat­ing de­ci­sion had caused a ‘mas­sive dis­trac­tion’.

He added, ‘ When have you been to an event when you’re 50m from the per­son you’re hav­ing sex with?’

Back home, Harry got more flak from Emma Dent Coad, the Labour MP for Kens­ing­ton. The politi­cian caused out­rage when she told an anti-monar­chy event at the Labour Party Con­fer­ence that Harry couldn’t fly a he­li­copter.

‘He just sits there go­ing “vroom vroom”. He tried to pass the he­li­copter exam about four times and couldn’t get through it at all, so he al­ways goes with a co-pi­lot,’ she slammed.

In fact, Harry is a qual­i­fied Apache he­li­copter gun­ship pi­lot, and flew many com­bat mis­sions dur­ing two tours in Hel­mand Province in Afghanistan.

The for­mer chair of Labour’s back­bench de­fence com­mit­tee, John Wood­cock, apol­o­gised, say­ing, ‘Like every­one who puts them­selves in harm’s way to keep us safe, His Royal High­ness de­serves noth­ing but praise and re­spect for his ser­vice.

‘In ad­di­tion to his tours of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry in­spires so many by the way he cham­pi­ons in­jured, ill and wounded ser­vice­men and women through the In­vic­tus Games.

‘I am re­ally sorry that this has hap­pened.’

Per­haps peo­ple like Piers Mor­gan and Emma Dent Coad should lay off Harry and fo­cus on some­one who re­ally mer­its their fury?

‘His Royal High­ness de­serves noth­ing but praise and re­spect for his ser­vice’

Vroom vroom? Harry is a qual­i­fied pi­lot… Piers Mor­gan to ad­vise on royal seat­ing? No thanks

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