Prince Harry 'won't get a reference from monarchy' says expert
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Prince Harry, 36, has landed another new job just one day after it was announced he had been made Chief Impact Officer for Silicon Valley mental health company Better UP. On Wednesday, it was confirmed the Duke had been made a Commissioner at the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder.
Alongside 14 other commissioners, Harry will help oversee a six-month study on the state of American misinformation and disinformation.
In a statement about the role, Harry said: “As I’ve said, the experience of today’s digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in.
He added: “It’s my belief that this is a humanitarian issue, and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders.
“I’m eager to join this new Aspen commission and look forward to working on a solution-oriented approach to the information disorder crisis.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cited media intrusion as one of the key reasons behind their decision to quit The Firm.
However, while the Duke’s new role clearly aligns with a cause he is passionate about, a royal expert has claimed it could be met with scepticism following the couple’s recent interview with Oprah.
During the extraordinary sit down, the couple made several damning allegations against the Royal household. Holes have since been picked in some of their claims, including Meghan’s suggestion their son Archie may have been deprived of a royal title at birth because of his race.
While Meghan seems to have believed Archie would have been automatically made a prince at birth, a letters patent issued by King George V in 1917 clearly states only the presiding sovereign’s grandchildren and not their great-grandchildren receive this privilege.
According to one royal commentator, the “highly questionable” nature of some of the Sussexes assertions in their recent interview could see news of Harry’s new role met with scepticism.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Harry has consistently complained of the vast amount of misinformation in the media.
“It is, therefore, logical that he would campaign on this issue.”
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He added: “His latest role is that of a Commissioner on ‘Information Disorder’ at the non-profit Aspen Institute, to conduct a six-month study into what is undoubtedly one of the pressing problems of our time.”
“He said in a statement that this is a ‘humanitarian issue’ and his feelings about it are understandably strong, especially given the intensity of the media scrutiny he and Meghan have experienced and that Diana so fatefully suffered.
“The Sussexes complain that much of the reporting is both biased and inaccurate.
“There will however be a certain scepticism among many when joins the highly respected Aspen Institute.”
Mr Fitzwilliams concluded: “The ‘bombshell’ interview he and Meghan gave only a fortnight ago to Oprah was unforgettably emotive but was factually highly questionable in several areas.
“This makes his commitment to factual reporting seem highly selective.”
Buckingham Palace released a statement in response to claims made by the Sussexes during their sitdown with Oprah.
The statement read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
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