Just recently, the MP for Kensington and Chelsea Emma Dent Coad has hit the headlines for extraordinary remarks about the royal family, including the fact that she believes they are “ridiculous” and “unneccesary”.
She was speaking at a fringe meeting for Labour leaders about the monarchy, and there revealed her belief that Prince Harry – who has famously been in the armed forces – can’t actually fly a helicopter. She also deemed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s spending “ridiculous”, and also made claims that Prince Philip had cheated on the Queen.
Emma’s inflammatory comments about the monarchy sparked a rage of
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Of Harry, she said, “Harry can’t actually fly a helicopter so they had to make him co-pilot. So he just sits there going ‘vroom vroom'”.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Emma has now defended her claims, but admitted that she’ll readily accept it if she’s made a mistake when voicing her opinions.
“I have been told this [about Prince Harry], but if I have made a mistake I will hold my hands up.”
During the speech, the MP went on to make further controversial claims about other members of the royal family, including making suggestions about Prince Philip’s long-rumoured infidelity towards the Queen.
To the audience, she said, “The Queen might want to step back when she hasn’t got her (cough, cough) soulmate beside her” and continued, “He’s been mucking about for years, he’s not been a faithful husband.”
Her comments inspired a barrage of attention, and left some fans of the monarchy criticising her for commenting on something so private – and as yet confirmed.
Emma declined to apologise for the remarks, defending them instead by saying that she simply wanted to bring about a debate about the royal family and their role in the country.
She said, “Oh no, shock horror. I’m not going to respond to that, everyone knows what’s going on… I don’t want to get into the detail of it because it’s got out of hand.
“I was talking about whether taxpayers should fund the royal family.
“I was just poking fun. But we need a proper debate about the royal family. It’s about taxpayer funding. Why are taxpayers funding them? Why can’t I disagree? It seems like we are not allowed to have an opinion.”
MP Emma Dent Coad also revealed the extent of the backlash she’s received as a result of her comments, saying, “I’m being called everything under the sun this morning, getting all sorts of vile abuse. This has opened the gates to hell. “
While Emma herself has refrained from apologising fully for the claims, various members of the Labour party have stepped forward to offer their own, as representatives.
Labour MP John Woodcock, previous Shadow Minister for Transport, apologised profusely for Emma’s remarks on Twitter, saying he was “really sorry this has happened”.
He wrote, “I want to make clear that the highly inaccurate statements reportedly made by one of our colleagues, which disparage Prince Harry’s military service, in no way reflect the views of my party.
“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 the armed forces. I am really sorry this has happened.”