Prince Harry attacks the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’ in the US and blasts world leaders in keynote UN speech

Prince Harry has introduced a scathing assault on his adopted home the United States during a keynote speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Duke of Sussex also blasted entire world leaders for a “worldwide assault on democracy and flexibility” at the occasion honouring former South African president Nelson Mandela.

He appeared to have likened Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the “rolling back again of constitutional legal rights” in the US, in an apparent reference to the overturning of the historic Roe v Wade abortion legal rights past thirty day period.

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“This has been a painful 12 months in a distressing ten years,” Prince Harry reported on Monday.

“We are living by a pandemic that carries on to ravage communities in each individual corner of the globe local climate modify wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most susceptible suffering most of all.

“The number of, weaponising lies and disinformation at the cost of the many and from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back again of constitutional rights right here in the United States.

“We are witnessing a international assault on democracy and liberty – the induce of Mandela’s existence.”

The Duke of Sussex recalled a image of his late mom Princess Diana and Mandela taken in Cape Town in 1997, not extended right before her loss of life.

“When I to start with looked at the photograph, straight absent what jumped out was the pleasure on my mother’s encounter, the playfulness, cheekiness even, the pure delight to be in communion with yet another soul so dedicated to serving humanity,” he said.

His spouse Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, viewed her husband provide the speech as he proudly referred to her as his “soulmate”.

Harry spoke about his specific partnership with Africa, stating he has usually “uncovered hope” in the continent and a put where by he uncovered peace when his mother died.

“In simple fact, for most of my daily life, it has been my lifeline, a area where I have uncovered peace and therapeutic time and time again,” he mentioned.  

“It is the place I have felt closest to my mom and sought solace right after she died, and where I realized I experienced observed a soulmate in my wife.” 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Africa in 2019 with their son, Archie, on their initially formal tour right before they stepped down from their royal responsibilities.