Prince Philip pays tribute to nation during coronavirus crisis as Harry & Meg vow to snub Brits like you – The Sun

CLASSY Prince Philip came out of retirement yesterday to show his support for Britain — as his grandson Harry ranted from LA about the Press.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98 — not seen in public since he was taken to hospital in December — displayed his usual towering sense of duty in a crisis by making a ­moving public statement.

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He delivered a heartfelt thank you to key workers who are keeping the country going.

But his words of support came in stark contrast to Harry and Meghan’s decision to “refuse” to deal with newspapers including The Sun following their move to LA.

The couple have given up being working royals after receiving millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash.

It includes £32million spent on their lavish wedding and the £2.4million refurbishment of their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor. That is now empty as they are renting a £6million mansion in Los Angeles.

The couple said there would be “zero co-operation” with any newspapers other than their favoured media organisations.

Their outburst came hours before Philip said he wanted to recognise the “vital and urgent” medical and scientific work taking place to battle the deadly virus.

DUKE'S MOVING ADDRESS

Sources said their statement — sent from an official “Sussex Royal” email — had also caused “private dismay” within the family, who are working hard to tackle issues surrounding the pandemic.

Philip, who retired from public duties in 2017, thanked Britain’s key workers in his statement.

He said: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic.

“By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

"On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues.

“The staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”


The Duke’s statement follows a moving address to the nation by the Queen, 94 today, who called for the country to unite in the crisis.

William and Kate have also made a number of public appearances, including opening the Nightingale hospitals.

But yesterday there was fury at Harry and Meghan’s decision to ban The Sun, Mirror, Mail and Express from covering future events.

It was announced hours before court papers were filed in support of Meghan’s case for privacy against the Mail on Sunday over a letter it published from her to her father Thomas Markle. Part of the case will be heard on Friday.

'CENSORSHIP'

The couple, now living 5,500 miles away in LA, came under fire for making the announcement while the UK is coping with the rising coronavirus death toll.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, said in their 449-word statement they will only engage with news organisations not on their blacklist.

It was sent to anti-monarchist newspaper The Guardian — which is not on their banned list.

The statement said the couple would work with grassroots, regional and local media and up-and-coming journalists.

Society of Editors chairman Ian Murray called their actions censorship and said they are setting an “unfortunate example”.



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He added: “They may have been stung by some of the coverage they have not liked, they may disagree strongly with some elements of that coverage and can of course take action to answer any criticism they consider unfair or inaccurate through several channels.

"But the answer should never be to attempt to shun individual titles and their millions of readers.”

The papers blacklisted account for two-thirds of all national newspaper readership in the UK.

Media and royal watchers blasted the couple for making the announcement at the height of the coronavirus crisis with the pair now living in an £8million mansion near Elton John.

'THEIR OWN WORST ENEMIES'

Prince Charles’s biographer Tom Bower said: “The Sussexes have become their own worst enemies. They clearly cannot stand being irrelevant and ignored.

“In the midst of a horrendous global crisis causing so much misery all they can think about is themselves.”

Former royal press spokesman Dickie Arbiter said: “Prince Harry is not the brightest bunny on the planet.”

And BBC presenter Andrew Neil said: “Can’t they just consign themselves to oblivion for a while?”


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Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan contrasted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s behaviour with that of Capt Tom Moore’s heroics.

Piers praised the 99-year-old war hero’s humility, kindness and resolution after he raised £27million for the NHS with laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Beds.

He said it shamed the “narcissism of entitled attention-seeking twerps” like Meghan and Harry.

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