Only one viewer on the BBC’s Question Time came to defend the Duke of Sussex after the memoir debate.
Thursday night presenter Fiona Bruce asked the panel to discuss whether Prince Harry’s potentially damaging and private statements were damaging to the Royal family.
As the controversy opened to studio audiences, one man said the Duke’s decision to broadcast Spare was “an example of hypocritical privilege”.
“He’s been happy to accept all that the role has brought his life, criticizing the media and saying, ‘I wouldn’t have anything to do with them,’ and now he’s using them as he pleases. money.
“Sorry, but that’s as low as it gets,” he added, to loud applause from the rest of the crowd.
Ms Bruce then asked the audience if anyone “would like to say a good word for Harry” and said “there must be” someone to whom the BBC studio was unusually quiet.
One person called out in defense of the Duke, but his response was not met with any enthusiasm by the audience.
The young woman, a politics student, said: “I think Harry did his best to address some of his personal struggles and was very candid when I watched the interview on ITV.
“What kind of country are we going to be if you can’t freely express how you feel and experience?”
She also added: “What we have to admit is, yes, she may be making money, but … something I personally want to address as a black woman is that a lot of people in the press are accusing Meghan in a negative way.
“We’ve seen the extremely insulting remarks by Jeremy Clarkson… and this is again an example of where we start to blur the lines and then see the problems.
“Harry – even before Meghan showed up – felt disenfranchised… racism is rampant in the press and needs to be addressed.”
The young woman’s response did not receive applause from the audience, unlike the previous guest who spoke out against the Duke’s memory, and Ms. Bruce moved forward to seek the panel’s opinion.
This comes after a poll on Thursday suggested that the Duke’s popularity among Britons fell six points to an all-time low in the week after Spare was released.
The YouGov poll revealed that only 24 percent of people have positive views of Prince Harry, compared to 68 percent of those who think critically.
The survey of more than 1,600 people also found that Sussexes now have lower approval rates among Britons over 65 than the Duke of York.