The Labour MP for Kensington and Chelsea has gone on an anti-monarchy tirade in the last few days, calling The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘disgusting’, saying that Prince Harry can’t fly a helicopter (despite him being a trained pilot) and that Prince Philip was unfaithful to The Queen earlier in their marriage.
Emma Dent Coad – William, Catherine and Harry’s local MP – made some of these comments as she addressed a gathering hosted by Labour For A Republic and titled “Reigning in the Monarchy” yesterday.
Amazingly, the MP thought that Prince Harry had no skill and infers he was of below par intelligence for the role, despite him serving in the army for 10 years, rising to the rank of Captain.
“Harry can’t actually fly a helicopter,” Dent Coad, 62, claimed. “He tried to pass the helicopter exam about four times and he couldn’t get through it at all so he always goes for the co-pilot. So he just sits there going ‘vroom vroom’.”
Prince Harry served two tours of Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner, meaning he was qualified to be in control of the aircraft’s weaponry, and sit behind the controls. Defence minister Tobias Ellwood invited Ms Dent Coad to go the Invictus Games, currently taking place in Toronto, adding: “Learn how it started… and who inspires our injured heroes”.
She spoke to BBC’s Daily Politics today, defending her words: “Somebody else will tell me whether or not that’s true but I’ve been told that’s an absolute fact that somebody sits beside him and drives the helicopters for him.”
During her address, the MP continued to be offensive about the Royals, saying that Harry and William are ‘not very bright’. “Just let them drift away, be playboys or whatever.”
She did not note, however, that The Duke of Cambridge has a degree in geography from one of Scotland’s top university and was a trained RAF search and rescue pilot. Prince Harry also has A-level qualifications and was a trained commissioned army officer, in charge of soldiers.
Dent Coad then moved on to talk about The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s marriage. “The Queen might want to step back when she hasn’t got her (cough, cough) soulmate beside her.”
“He’s been mucking about for years, he’s not been a faithful husband,” she claimed, without proffering any evidence for her comments.
“I am the Royal Family’s worst nightmare” the Kensington MP boasted, and revealed that she had turned down an invitation to meet The Queen after she was elected.
Even Kate’s family, the Middletons, have not been safe from her criticism, despite them not being public figures. “The Middletons are no different to the Kardashians.
“A lot of the disaffected Tories who are so sprightly around the narrative of Kensington Palace have described the Cambridges as vulgar, which is hysterical really.”
Continuing her attack, Ms Dent Coad complained it was ‘disgusting’ The Duchess of Cambridge had reportedly bought jumpers at an estimated cost of £150 each. “That’s a food bill for a family of four,” she said. “That’s absolutely outrageous.”
Her comments have been slammed by other MPs from both the Labour and Conservative party. John Woodcock, former chairman of Labour’s backbench defence committee, issued a statement on Twitter saying the “highly inaccurate comments” did not reflect the views of his party.
“I want to make clear that the highly inaccurate statements reportedly made by one of our colleagues, which disparage Prince Harry’s military service, in no way reflect the views of my party,” Woodstock wrote.
“Like everyone who puts themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, His Royal Highness deserves nothing but praise and respect for his service in the armed forces. In addition to his tours of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry inspires so many by the way he champions injured, ill and wounded servicemen and women and veterans through the Invictus Games he founded.
“I am really sorry this has happened.”
James Heappey, a former officer who is now Tory MP for Wells, criticised Ms Dent Coad comments and the timing of them: “As Prince Harry leads another brilliant Invictus Games, a Labour MP impugns his military service. Hope Labour condemn and she quickly apologises.”
Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded the British force in Afghanistan, called on Ms Dent Coad to say sorry and said she had insulted all the troops with her remarks.
He said: “Harry took part in combat missions where he risked his life on numerous occasions.
“For a Labour MP to rubbish the record of a brave soldier like Harry is not only an insult to Harry but it’s an insult to all the soldiers who served with him.
“She should apologise – it’s completely wrong for people who’ve not been in that situation to criticise someone who has.”
The Kensington representative also hit out at the BBC for producing ‘sickening gratuitous coverage of anything royal’ and claimed the broadcaster was ‘very heavily directed by right-wing politics and the Monarchy’.
We are outraged by these comments and will be sending a letter to Ms Dent Coad. What are your thoughts on her vitriol?