Ann Widdecombe attacks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for supporting LGBT+ rights

Apr 27, 2018 by

by Maya Oppenheim, Independent:

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has attacked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for saying they want to prioritise LGBT+ rights.

The royal couple, who are due to marry on 19 May at Windsor Castle, have said they will put LGBT+ rights at the forefront of their royal duties.

Speaking to young LGBT+ people at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London earlier in the month, Ms Markle said these issues are about “basic human rights” and it is important to challenge inequality founded on sexual orientation and gender identity.

[…]  “First, royals don’t champion ‘rights’: they champion plights. That is what Diana did with victims of Aids and landmines and very effective she was too,” the former politician continued. “Rights are the business of politicians and pressure groups and never more so than when they are controversial.”

“Second, what a week for any royal to join in the argument when the Commonwealth conference was in full swing, the position of Prince Charles as its future head was in delicate negotiation and some of its bishops were voicing concern about their countries being pressurised by Theresa May on the issue of LGBT rights. So nought out of 10 for both phraseology and timing.”

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