Brexit: John Humphrys reveals he voted to remain
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The BBC star has been a longstanding critic of the royals and has often called for the monarchy to be abolished. Humphrys used to host Radio 4’s Today programme and will be replaced by Clive Myrie as the host of Mastermind later this year. The 77-year-old has made a number of digs at Meghan and Harry in recent years since their decision to leave the Firm.
Humphrys’ has had an uneasy relationship with Harry for many years and first took aim at the Prince while working on the Today programme.
He refused to appear alongside the royal when he took over as a guest editor of the radio show because he believed it was a “PR exercise”.
In a column for the Daily Mail last year, he wrote: “I would want to ask what his minders would regard as impertinent or embarrassing questions and that would be the end of that.”
Humphrys has also had clashes with the Queen, who refused his interview requests three times, and several bitter exchanges with Prince Philip.
In an article for YouGov last year, he questioned whether the “cessation of hand-shaking” due to the coronavirus pandemic made the Royal Family redundant.
Humphrys argued: “Put starkly, you could ask, ‘What is the point of the Royal Family if there is no hand-shaking?’”
He used Harry and Meghan’s decision to pursue projects close to their hearts as an argument to support a slimming down of the royals.
In one outburst, the star wrote: “There are some members who announce they don’t want to be bothered doing it anymore and slope off to a life easier on the hands.”
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He compared Harry to King Edward VIII, the Queen’s uncle, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry US divorcé, Wallis Simpson.
Humphrys argued that Meghan was “misinformed” when she joined the Royal Family because he assumed she “fancied a bit of hand-shaking too”.
He continued: “It would now appear that she thought she could become a Duchess and a HRH (Her Royal Highness) without having to put on the white gloves.”
Humphrys blasted Meghan and Harry’s decision to give a tell-all interview with US star Oprah Winfrey while demanding for their “privacy to be respected”.
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In a Daily Mail column last month, he wrote: “Yet you have just announced that you have agreed to do an interview with the most famous TV celebrity on the planet.”
Humphrys questioned whether there was the “teeniest contradiction” over talking Oprah because she was such a big star.
He called out their request to be out of the media spotlight while broadcasting their tell-all chat to “hundreds of millions of people around the world”.
Humphrys also took aim at the royal wedding due to there being 600 people on the guestlist.
Among the invitees were George Clooney, Idris Elba, Sir Elton John, Misha Nonoo, Patrick J Adams, Victoria Beckham, James Corden and others.
Humphrys noted that the couple “managed to squeeze your old friend Oprah onto the invitation list”, which he thought was suspicious.
He wrote: “I say ‘old friend’ but I believe you’d met her only once before the wedding… how fortunate you are to make friends so easily!”
During the royals’ Oprah interview, Meghan claimed she and Harry exchanged three vows before the royal wedding in 2018.
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However, a statement from the former chief clerk at the Faculty Office of General Register Office, seemed to disprove their claim that it was a marriage ceremony.
Stephen Borton told the Sun: “They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
And a spokesman for the Sussexes has since backtracked on the claim, admitting the couple merely “exchanged personal vows before their official/legal wedding”.
Recently, Humphrys fumed over “weddings being so expensive” and the couple leaving roles in the Firm two years after.
He continued: “Remind me how much it cost… £32million, was it? Just as well the taxpayer was footing the bill, eh?”
Humphrys attacked Meghan for “how keen” she was to “get stuck into royal life” before the couple decided to cease royal duties.
The star wrote: “What part of that word ‘duties’ did you not understand, Meghan?”
Since moving to Montecito, in the US, Meghan and Harry have brokered deals to try to ensure their financial self-sufficiency.
This has included a TV series deal with Netflix and a podcast for Spotify, reportedly worth £81million ($112million) and £29million ($40million).
Money.co.uk estimated they could earn £715,000 for public speaking events and up to £24,000 per social media post if they chose to work with brands.
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