Fury over Prince Andrew the meddler as he says leaving EU and the possible election of Donald Trump may ‘tear things apart’
Royal risked breaching convention with jibe about Brexit at private dinner
Said to have suggested the vote to leave the EU could ‘tear things apart’
Also appeared to criticise US presidential hopeful Donald Trump
Tory and Labour MPs condemn the remarks as interfering in politics
Prince Andrew has been accused of an ‘extraordinary’ intervention in politics by complaining that Brexit risks ‘tearing everything apart’.
The remarks, said to have been made during a speech to business figures during a private dinner at Windsor Castle last week, opened the Prince to accusations of meddling.
By convention Royals are meant to stay out of politics – and have been especially keen to steer clear of any suggestion of involvement in the bitterly contested European issue.
Buckingham Palace reacted with fury over claims during the referendum campaign that the Queen had hinted she might favour cutting ties with Brussels.
The Prince apparently made his comments at a private dinner at Windsor Castle on Thursday before an audience of technology entrepreneurs and wealthy venture capitalists.
Alongside jibing at Brexit, he also seemingly risked a further breach of protocol by taking aim at US presidential contender Donald Trump.
After praising British tech firms taking part in his Pitch@Palace project – which helps start-ups push forward their business ideas – Andrew said: ‘There was a vote here recently where we agreed to leave one organisation, and there’s a man in the US who it seems wants to leave every organisation.
‘Combined, they could tear things apart. But despite what people vote for, entrepreneurship will continue.’
Tory MP Peter Bone told MailOnline: ‘I do think it would be extraordinary if any member of the Royal Family entered into what would be party politics.
‘If he did make these comments then I think he needs to reflect that it was clearly not the right thing to do.’
Labour’s John Mann pointed out that Andrew had been ‘globetrotting’ at public expense to promote the UK.
‘He cannot have it both ways,’ he told MailOnline. ‘He cannot have all the privileges of being in the Royal Family and then get involved in politics.
‘If he is going to be in the Royal Family then he has to keep quiet about these things.
‘I don’t think he carries any influence with his views, but for someone who has been gobetrotting promoting the UK it is rather an odd thing to be saying.
‘We should be cooling the temperature rather than raising it further.’
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Controversy around Brexit reignited last week when the High Court backed a legal challenge against Theresa May invoking Article 50 without a parliamentary vote.
The Prime Minister had argued that she could use ancient Royal Prerogative powers to launch the two-year process for cutting ties with Brussels.
But the judges ruled that would be unconstitutional – throwing her timetable into disarray and opening the door to MPs and peers to stage a desperate rear-guard action against us leaving.
Mrs May warned against any attempt to deny the outcome of the historic referendum this morning as she left for a trade trip to India.
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