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Prince Harry wants Fortnite banned in the UK

Prince Harry has called for the popular video game Fortnight to be banned in the United Kingdom due to its addictive nature.

The Duke of Sussex made the remarks yesterday during a visit to the YMCA in west London. Regarding the game beloved by teenagers, the royal remarked, “That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?

“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.

It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.

“It’s created to addict – an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”

He also issued a scathing review of social media calling it more addictive than “alcohol or drugs.”

“It’s more dangerous because it’s normalised and there are no restrictions to it,” he continued.

His Royal Highness visited the South Ealing YMCA to discuss mental health with young people. It was organised by Heads Together – the mental health initiative started by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2016.

Regarding the stigma surrounding mental health, the Prince stated, “There’s too much negativity surrounding mental health, and it must be so hard for young people to talk about it.”

He added that everyone had the ability to make a difference in ending the mental health stigma, “We are in quite a mind-altering time, but quite an exciting time, because everyone in this room has the opportunity to make a real difference.”

Fortnight was released in 2017 and developed by Epic Games. It quickly became popular with teenagers spending hours playing the survival game on their gaming devices. NBC reported that 10 million people were playing the game just a few weeks after its initial release. It now has 200 million registered players across the globe.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.