Row as Prince Harry claims UK’s coronavirus crisis is ‘better than we are led to believe’


Prince Harry has sparked fury by claiming the UK’s Covid-19 crisis is not as bad as the public are being told. 

In an interview with the Declassifed podcast, the 35-year-old said that things here are ‘better than we are led to believe through ­certain corners of the media’. 

But his comments were branded ‘outrageous’ by expert Professor Karol Sikora, who asked: ‘What are his qualifications for making these comments — other than deserting his country in its hour of need?’

Harry, who is currently with wife Meghan, 38, in Los Angeles, also praised Captain Tom Moore, 99, who has raised £23 million for the NHS.

Prince Harry has sparked fury by claiming the UK’s Covid-19 crisis is not as bad as the public are being told. Pictured: Harry and Meghan were seen linking arms and holding hands as they delivered packages to residents from the back of their Cadillac XT5 in LA this week

Speaking on the podcast he said: ‘I think what has happened especially in the UK is the very best of the human spirit and it’s proving that things are better than we are led to believe through certain corners of the media. 

‘Certainly when you’re in isolation it can be very worrying when you’re sitting there and the only information you’re getting is from certain news channels, but then if you’re out and about and you’re on the right platforms you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront.’ 

Prof Sikora, who has led antibody tests and is a former No10 adviser, told The Sun: ‘I think these remarks are outrageous.

‘As for the media, I really don’t understand what Harry’s beef is. Journalists have been reporting the facts and have been doing great work in holding the Government to account.

Prince Harry's comments were branded 'outrageous' by expert Professor Karol Sikora (pictured), who asked: 'What are his qualifications for making these comments ¿ other than deserting his country in its hour of need?'

Prince Harry’s comments were branded ‘outrageous’ by expert Professor Karol Sikora (pictured), who asked: ‘What are his qualifications for making these comments — other than deserting his country in its hour of need?’

In an interview with the Declassifed podcast, the duke said: 'I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that's volunteering.' Pictured: Medics outside Westminster and Chelsea Hospital during the Clap For Carers celebration on Thursday

In an interview with the Declassifed podcast, the duke said: ‘I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that’s volunteering.’ Pictured: Medics outside Westminster and Chelsea Hospital during the Clap For Carers celebration on Thursday

‘The media has also championed the NHS and become a key ally of doctors, nurses and key workers. They should be applauded, not vilified.’  

Nadra Ahmed, of the National Care Association, suggested Prince Harry ‘hasn’t seen all the evidence’. 

She revealed that health and care staff were suffering mental anguish, adding: ‘Some of the things I have heard are harrowing.’ 

The duke, who has quit as a working royal and moved to America with Meghan and baby Archie, also praised Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore (pictured) for his 'utterly amazing' fundraising efforts

The duke, who has quit as a working royal and moved to America with Meghan and baby Archie, also praised Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore (pictured) for his ‘utterly amazing’ fundraising efforts

Prince Harry has also praised the British public’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as Captain Tom,  as he and wife Meghan Markle were seen on the streets of LA for a second time wearing masks to deliver packages for charity.  

In the same podcast Prince Harry said the amount of volunteers rushing to help in the national effort was ‘wonderfully British’.

He added that he was ‘incredibly proud’ of the British public’s response to the pandemic.    

Harry (pictured in London alongside Meghan in March) has been criticised for his comments on the coronavirus crisis

Harry (pictured in London alongside Meghan in March) has been criticised for his comments on the coronavirus crisis

The duke, who has quit as a working royal and moved to America with Meghan and 11-month-old Archie, also praised Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore for his ‘utterly amazing’ fundraising efforts.  

The podcast episode is hoping to encourage veterans to volunteer and join the Team Rubicon UK organisation, which is assisting the Government in responding to the coronavirus crisis.

‘I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that’s volunteering,’ the duke said.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were spotted out on the streets of Los Angeles once again this week as they continued their charity volunteering work amid the coronavirus crisis

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were spotted out on the streets of Los Angeles once again this week as they continued their charity volunteering work amid the coronavirus crisis

Meghan affectionately touched Harry's shoulder as they removed goods from the car

The couple were seen linking arms and holding hands as they delivered packages to residents from the back of their $35,000 Cadillac XT5, having seemingly downgraded from the Porsche SUV they had used the day before

The couple were seen linking arms and holding hands as they delivered packages to residents from the back of their $35,000 Cadillac XT5, having seemingly downgraded from the Porsche SUV they had used the day before

‘Because up and down the UK, whether it’s from Dorset up to Staffordshire, there are literally hundreds of thousands of people volunteering.’

Referring to an article by the Guardian about the high number of people who have come forward to volunteer, Harry added: ‘It’s such a wonderfully British thing that we all come to help when we need it.’

Both continued to wear baseball caps as well as protective covers over their mouths in accordance to the new Southern Californian regulations, which have made the wearing of face masks mandatory in the battle against Covid-19

Both continued to wear baseball caps as well as protective covers over their mouths in accordance to the new Southern Californian regulations, which have made the wearing of face masks mandatory in the battle against Covid-19

Meghan pulled out a pair of latex gloves to protect herself while delivering food packages

The Sussexes initially moved to Canada after stepping down as senior working royals on March 31 but have now set up home in California

Meghan pulled out a pair of latex gloves to protect herself while delivering food packages in Los Angeles

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