Prince Harry branded a ‘complete idiot’ in blistering attack by army veteran he supported

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PRINCE HARRY has been branded a “complete idiot” by an army veteran the duke once supported.

Former Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult’s campaign to support veteran’s mental health was backed by the Duke of Sussex. But the veteran has since criticised Prince Harry’s remarks about the Commonwealth’s “uncomfortable” history during a virtual discussion he and wife Meghan Markle joined last week.

Mr Coult, who previously gained Harry’s support for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder campaign, launched a fierce attack on the royal.

He told the Mirror: “He’s turned into a complete idiot.

“His comments are disgusting and I for one am pleased he has left the UK.

“A lot of soldiers in the British Army are from the Commonwealth too.

Prince Harry branded a ‘complete idiot’ in blistering attack by army veteran he supported

Prince Harry branded a ‘complete idiot’ in blistering attack by army veteran he supported (Image: Getty)

“They fought alongside Harry and he should remember that.

“He’s having a dig at the Royal Family – his own family.”

The former Royal Irish Regiment Sergeant added: “He says he wants to be left alone to do his own thing but he’s constantly ­doing Zoom calls.

“He can’t have it both ways so he’s now classed as what I think is an attention seeker.

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Prince Harry met veterans and soldiers as he attends the 91st Field of Remembrance (Image: Getty)

“Every time he speaks these days he loses support massively.

“Every time he speaks and insults the Queen, the Royal Family or has a go at the Commonwealth, all that support from all the years is slowly vanishing. It’s sad because he did good work.”

During the discussion, Harry said: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.

“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.

The Duke paid tribute at the memorial site for Guardsman Mathew Talbot during the royal tour of Africa

The Duke paid tribute at the memorial site for Guardsman Mathew Talbot during the royal tour of Africa (Image: Getty)

“It’s not going to be easy and in some cases it’s not going to be comfortable, but it needs to be done, because, guess what, everybody benefits.”

Prince Harry has previously shown his support for the armed forces in numerous occasions, including setting up the Invictus Games for disabled veterans.

Mr Coult said: “We respect Harry for his service, for what he did in the past and setting up the Invictus Games for disabled veterans but all of that is being undone now.

“Every time he speaks and insults the Queen, the Royal Family or has a go at the Commonwealth, all that support from all the years is slowly vanishing. It’s sad because he did good work.”

Former Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult's campaign to support veteran’s mental health was backed by the Duke of Sussex

Former Colour Sergeant Trevor Coult’s campaign to support veteran’s mental health was backed by the Duke of Sussex (Image: Getty)

Mr Coult also criticised how Prince Harry, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union, welcomed the RFU’s review of the singing of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot at rugby events.

The song was written in the 1860s by Wallace Wallis, a slave until he was set free following the American Civil War.

The RFU said: “We need to do more to achieve diversity and we are determined to accelerate change and grow awareness.

“The song has long been part of the culture of rugby and is sung by many who have no awareness of its origins or sensitivities.

“We are reviewing its historical ­context and our role in educating fans.”

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “The Duke is supportive of the RFU comments and he will follow their lead on the matter.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK