Prince Harry has accepted a job at the Aspen Institute, a U.S. think-tank trying to tackle “misinformation” with a new “Commission on Information Disorder.”
The Duke of Sussex said he is deeply concerned by the “avalanche of misinformation” that is “affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly,” in a statement Wednesday.
Harry will join 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs in conducting a six-month study on the state of the media in the US.
“Disinformation and the proliferation of online hate groups not only harms Black people and communities of color as we’ve seen from the 2020 election, COVID-19, and the fight for safety and justice in communities around the country — it impacts our democracy and threatens everyone,” said Rashad Robinson, co-chair of the study.
Robinson called for Big Business and Big Government to regulate disinformation across all major tech platforms, to “make the digital landscape a safer place for all communities.”
Harry called on lawmakers, activists, academia, and media to help address what he calls a “humanitarian issue.”
Harry’s statement is yet another example of the former prince echoing the words of his mother, the late and beloved Princess Diana. “I am not a political figure,” Diana said in a 1995 BBC interview, “The fact is I am a humanitarian figure and always will be.”
Harry seems to have missed the first part of the quote, however, since he has been a hyper-political figure ever since he married American actress Meghan Markle in 2018.
The two royals are outspoken climate activists and have even pledged not to have more than two kids out of fears of global sustainability (a slight at their in-laws, Prince William and Duchess Kate, who already have three children). Their climate crisis warnings have fallen on deaf ears as the public has pointed out how hypocritical it is for the couple to preach about carbon emissions while they paraded around the world in private jets.
Harry has also claimed the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic was a punishment from “Mother Nature” for humanity harming the Earth.
There is, of course, substantive evidence from the US State Department that the virus is the result of an accident lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. One does have to wonder if this information will be deemed “disinformation” by the prince, just as it has been by others in the corporate media and theocratic health organizations.
Earlier this month, Harry and Meghan Markle were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey where the couple accused the British royal family of racism. Shortly after the interview, Harry’s brother, Prince William, told reporters the royal family is “very much not a racist family.” Meghan also revealed she was suffering from suicidal thoughts in response to the racism she says she faced from the British media.
Some in the media, notably Piers Morgan, weren’t very eager to take Meghan’s word for it. Morgan, a monarchist who was host of “Good Morning Britain,” said on the air, “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says … I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.”
It appears Harry and Meghan are already silencing and censoring “disinformation,” (aka members of the media they disagree with). It was reported by Chris Ship, ITV’s royal correspondent, that Meghan “formally filed a complaint” to ITV, the network which broadcasts the morning show, after Morgan’s comments. Morgan resigned from the show the following day, refusing to apologize.
After leaving the show, Morgan wrote on Twitter, “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”
Morgan paired his Tweet with a Winston Churchill quote that reads, “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”
On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions. pic.twitter.com/bv6zpz4Roe
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021
Since leaving the royal family, the couple has signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify. The Duke of Sussex, in addition to joining the Aspen Institute, has also joined Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as its chief impact officer.
Evita Duffy is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at the University of Chicago, where she studies American History. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, & her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1