A spokesman for the couple, James Holt, said Prince Harry was “not speaking about a candidate or a party, he is speaking about the tone of debate — especially online.”
“It was a call for decency and respect, and for people to consider how they access information to keep informed,” he said. “This is a topic he has been speaking about for some time.”
There is also precedent for a member of the royal family encouraging voting: Queen Elizabeth II made such comments about voters in Wales in 2003.
In September, the couple signed a deal with Netflix to create documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming. They agreed to forgo public funding of their activities when they split from their royal duties, and in September paid back 2.4 million pounds, or $3.2 million, in taxpayer money they had used to renovate their residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The video was published on National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan effort that saw a wide range of celebrities, organizations and tech platforms encouraging Americans to register. Registration numbers have plummeted across the country, partly because the coronavirus pandemic has made organizing in-person events difficult to impossible.
At a news conference on Wednesday, President Trump said in response to a question about the couple’s comments that he was “not a fan” of Meghan, whom he has criticized before.
“I wish a lot of luck to Harry, because he’s going to need it,” he said.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/us/politics/harry-meghan-royals-voting.html