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.
“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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“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 rugby captain Mike Tindall’s dad, Philip Tindall, recently revealed why not everyone in his family was supportive of their wedding, which took place in 2011. Talking to The Sunday Times, the 73-year-old disclosed that Mike’s grandmother was “dead against” the pair’s marriage.
Mr Tindall said Mike’s grandmother was used to royals marrying other royals, and feared their union wouldn’t be well received.
He said: “Linda’s mum was dead against it.
“In her day, royalty married royalty and she thought the wedding would be shunned.”
Tragically, Mike’s grandmother passed away before she had the chance to meet Zara, but Philip revealed that the pair would have gotten along well.
Zara and Mike Tindall’s union wasn’t supported by everyone at first (Image: GETTY)
Mike Tindall’s dad, Philip Tindall, recently revealed why not everyone in his family was supportive of their wedding (Image: GETTY)
“I know she’d have loved her as much as we do because she and Mike are perfect for each other,” he said.
Mike is incredibly close to his family, and has been campaigning to raise money for Parkinson’s disease over the past years, following his dad’s battle with it.
Most recently, the sportsman took part in the fundraising challenge, Raid Local, in aid of charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust, of which he is patron.
Mike shared a photo to his Instagram Stories on Sunday morning which showed him and a small group of friends on a charity bike ride.
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Mike’s grandmother was ‘dead against’ the pair’s marriagE (Image: GETTY)
Mike captioned the picture: “And we are off #RaidLocal@cureparkinsonstrust.”
The father-of-two, and husband to Zara Tindall is taking part in the ambitious Raid Local cycle ride in aid of the charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust, of which he is Patron.
The challenge, is for a cause that has a very personal meaning behind it, as his own father has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years.
Mike’s latest mission had to be adapted from a large group event due to the pandemic.
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Mr Tindall said Mike’s grandmother was used to royals marrying other royals, and feared their union wouldn’t be well received (Image: GETTY)
Mike is incredibly close to his family, and has been campaigning to raise money for Parkinson’s disease (Image: GETTY)
The charity event will see over 100 cyclists around the world take on a jaw-dropping 3700m ascent that covers 137km.
In the afternoon, Mike posted a video updating his followers on his progress.
He said: “So we’ve just stopped, we are 85 km in, I believe we are somewhere around halfway of climbing.
“So hopefully we’ve now got to decide what we do, we’ve done the loop so we’ve got to decide whether we do the loop again or climb some hills or do something else…
Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
“Hope everyone is doing well… Hope everyone who’s taking part is having fun.
“We are trying to keep it all socially distanced, and we’ve just stopped to refuel and then on the road again.
“Please donate if you can…”
In a video posted to his Instagram grid on Saturday, the Royal Family member discussed his dad’s diagnosis and explained more about why the fundraising effort was so important to him personally.
Most recently, the sportsman took part in the fundraising challenge, Raid Local, in aid of charity Cure Parkinson’s Trust (Image: GETTY)
Mike said: “I don’t want to see another son or daughter have to go through what I’ve had to go through with my dad.
“My dad has had Parkinson’s for 20 years and I’ve watched a strong purposeful role model slowly be eaten away by this disease.
“I probably didn’t give it enough respect when he told me he had it… I seriously regret that now.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Mike and Zara have been isolating at their home in Gloucestershire with their young daughters, Mia, six, and Lena, two.
Meghan and Harry introduced Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the public a few days after his birth, during a press conference at Windsor Castle in May 2019. The couple appeared besotted with their son and took the opportunity to introduce him to Prince Philip and the Queen, too. However, due to the couples’ determination to raise their child as a “private citizen”, many royal fans have speculated that they may have not been completely honest about their son’s birth.
In an article from May last year, US outlet The List explained: “Within a few days of Archie’s birth, a strange new rumour began spreading.”
Many sceptics allegedly thought Meghan and Harry were lying about Archie’s real age, based on the Duke of Sussex’s description of his son.
During the Windsor Castle press conference three days after Archie’s birth, Harry told the media: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks, so we’re sort of monitoring how this changing process happens over this next month really.”
However, some figures online challenged Harry and claimed he had actually said: “Everyone says that the baby has changed so much over two weeks.”
Meghan Markle and her son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (Image: Getty)
Harry announced Meghan had given birth to a baby boy on May 6 (Image: Getty)
Lady Colin Campbell is expected to refer to this in her revelatory new book, ‘Meghan and Harry: The Real Story’ which was released last week.
Royal fans commented on Twitter, who said they have already read Lady Colin’s book, backed up this theory.
One claimed: “As Archie was introduced to the press as being two-days old, Harry says Archie changed so much over the past two weeks.
She added: “Note the change in MM’s [sic] expression following the gaffe.”
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The couple introduced their son at Windsor Castle days after his birth (Image: Getty)
Royal fans claimed Meghan’s facial expression changed when Harry mentioned how much babies’ appearance alter (Image: CBS News)
This tweet, with 211 likes and 24 retweets, was published yesterday and noted how Meghan fiddles a lot while Harry is talking.
Indeed, Entertainment Tonight reported in January 2019 that Meghan herself told an anonymous woman she was expecting to go into labour between late April and early May.
The List pointed out: “If Meghan did give birth in late April, it’s also reasonable to believe that we might not have known.
“After all, Buckingham Palace revealed that Meghan and Harry would be keeping the ‘plans around the arrival of their baby private’ and would share the news ‘once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a family’.”
The Palace then released a statement on May 6 claiming Meghan had gone into labour when later information revealed she had already delivered Archie by the time of the announcement.
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Meghan and Harry are keen to keep their son as a “private citizen” (Image: Getty)
The List also pointed out that April 26, 2019, an ambulance and a helicopter were seen near Meghan and Harry’s home.
It added: “Prior to the official birth announcement — but after the ambulance hullabaloo — Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Harry and Meghan’s home.”
Royal tradition dictates that the reigning monarch must always be the first person to know of a royal birth.
Prince William and Kate Middleton also visited Frogmore Cottage before the announcement, although the reason for their trip was never clarified.
Others asked why Harry had been determined not to show Archie’s face too closely during the press conference.
Meghan read a book to her son to celebrate his first birthday on May 6 2020 (Image: BBC/@savethechildren)
Some fan accounts pointed out that, despite having a booming Instagram account at the time of Archie’s birth, the couple refused to upload photographs of him when he was an infant.
One royal fan account asked: “Where are the photos of Archie??
“He’s gotta [sic] be 3 months old — and we’ve seen [Duchess of Cambridge’s] children at such a young age — even Louis was photographed at 13 days!”
However, Archie’s official birth certificate states that he was born at Portland Hospital in London, England, on May 6.
The couple also celebrated Archie’s first birthday this year with a sweet Instagram post showing Meghan reading a book with her excited young son.