The leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, has criticised senior members of the Royal Family while speaking at a conference in Australia. The politician described the late Queen Mother as ”a chain smoking gin drinker” and referred to the Prince of Wales as ”Charlie boy” as well as claiming that marriage had dented the Duke of Sussex’s popularity.
The remarks came at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Sydney held at the weekend. The Guardian newspaper obtained a recording of Mr Farage talking at the event and his spokesperson later confirmed to the BBC that he had made the comments although not as part of a formal speech.
Nigel Farage’s remarks about the Prince of Wales and the Queen Mother came as he heaped praise on the Queen. Describing her as ”amazing” he then went on to criticise her eldest son, saying ” when it comes to Charlie Boy and climate change, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear”. He then made reference to the longevity of the modern House of Windsor, saying ” the Queen’s mother was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old” before adding ” all I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s… may the Queen live a very, very long time”.
His disparaging description of the Queen Mother was preceded by him describing her as ”Her Royal Highness”.
He had some withering comments about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well. Nigel Farage was heard to say that Prince Harry was ” the most popular royal of a younger generation that we’ve seen for 100 years” before remarking that since his May 2018 marriage to the Duchess of Sussex ”it’s fallen off a cliff”.
And the politician was equally withering about Prince Harry’s recent promise that he and Meghan would have only two children for environmental reasons. Nigel Farage said that in the context of what he described as a population explosion in countries including India and China, the move was ”irrelevant”.