Prince Harry was mistakenly referred to as the Duke of Wessex after keynote speech

Prince Harry, 37, was mistakenly referred to as the 'Duke of Wessex' by a fellow speaker after his keynote speech at the UN General Assembley in New York yesterday


Prince Harry was mistakenly referred to as the ‘Duke of Wessex’ by a fellow speaker after his keynote speech at the UN General Assembley in New York yesterday.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, who is currently living in his $14 million  mansion in California having stepped back from royal duty, waded into US politics as he blasted the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’ during his speech for Nelson Mandela Day.

However the next speaker, Omar Hilale, who is President of the African Group at the United Nations, appeared confused over Harry’s title, and, moments after the royal had finished speaking, referred to him as ‘Prince Duke of Wessex.’

While the royal’s official title is ‘Duke of Sussex’, his uncle Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex. 

Prince Harry, 37, was mistakenly referred to as the 'Duke of Wessex' by a fellow speaker after his keynote speech at the UN General Assembley in New York yesterday

Prince Harry, 37, was mistakenly referred to as the ‘Duke of Wessex’ by a fellow speaker after his keynote speech at the UN General Assembley in New York yesterday

Omar Hilale, who is President of the African Group at the United Nations, appeared confused over Harry's title, and, moments after he spoke, referred to him as 'Prince Duke of Wessex'

Omar Hilale, who is President of the African Group at the United Nations, appeared confused over Harry’s title, and, moments after he spoke, referred to him as ‘Prince Duke of Wessex’

Mr Hilale was the speaker who took to the stage immediately after Prince Harry and  mentioned the Duke in his speech.

He said: ‘And as it has been just said by Prince Duke of Wessex, every day, not only one day a year, every body has the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.’

Mr Hilale is a Moroccan career diplomat, and has been Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since he was appointed in this position in April 2014.

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It was a striking moment for Prince Harry, who had only just given his most politically charged speech to date. 

It was a striking moment for Prince Harry, who had only just given his most politically charged speech to date

It was a striking moment for Prince Harry, who had only just given his most politically charged speech to date 

How the Queen gifted the Sussex titles to Harry and Meghan on their wedding day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they married in 2018. 

The royal groom’s dukedom is the highest rank in the British peerage and marked his marriage to the actress.

Meghan became the first ever Duchess of Sussex as her new husband was made the first Duke of the county in 175 years and the second in history. 

All royal titles are given by the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his wife in May 2018. 

Harry’s thoughts on the title would have been taken into account by the Queen in a private discussion between the Prince and his grandmother.

Tradition dictates that royal men receive a title on their wedding.

While Prince Harry and Meghan previously visited Morocco in February 2019, it is not believed they met Mr Hilale during their trip. 

During his speech, the royal blasted the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom.’

Despite the event meant to be in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, the Prince launched an attack on American politics during his keynote speech.

He said: ‘This has been a painful year in a painful decade. We are living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities in every corner of the globe.

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‘Climate change wreaking havoc on our planet with most vulnerable suffering most of all. The few weaponizing lies and disinformation at the expense of the many.

‘And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional right in the US we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom the cause of Mandela’s life.

Harry also the blasted the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’ and criticized SCOTUS for its decision to remove federal abortion protections.

The comments, heard by a mostly-empty room at the United Nations on Monday morning, were the latest broadside at US politicians.

They followed recent remarks by Meghan to Vogue magazine in which she, alongside famous feminist icon Gloria Steinem, urged men to be ‘more vocal’ with their anger about the decision to overturn Roe.

Steinem, who was spotted with the Duchess earlier Monday, has recruited Meghan in her fight to get Congress to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex.

During the event, Prince Harry could be seen whispering to Meghan as they exchanged a few words

During the event, Prince Harry could be seen whispering to Meghan as they exchanged a few words 

Shortly after Prince Harry blasted the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a 'global assault on democracy and freedom', he was referred to with the wrong title by another speaker

Shortly after Prince Harry blasted the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom’, he was referred to with the wrong title by another speaker  

Monday was not the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have waded into American politics, finding themselves in hot water after commenting on the US election.

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During a Time 100 video in September 2020 they called on American voters to ‘reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity’ in ‘the most important election of our life.’

Members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral, when they stepped back from their roles the Sussex’s vowed that ‘everything they do will uphold the values of Her Majesty’.       

During his speech, Harry also the blasted the 'rolling back of constitutional rights' and criticized SCOTUS for its decision to remove federal abortion protections

During his speech, Harry also the blasted the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’ and criticized SCOTUS for its decision to remove federal abortion protections



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