Prince Harry name checked Staffordshire as he praised the ‘wonderfully British’ spirit in coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke of Sussex, who officially stepped down as a senior working member of the royal family last month, was speaking to a podcast for military veterans when he highlighted the county.
In the interview with Declassified, the 35-year-old urged as many former military personnel as possible to volunteer to support frontline workers.
Prince Harry, who now lives in the U.S. with his wife Meghan Markle, said: “I want to say a huge thank you, as we all do, to all of the NHS workers and everybody that’s volunteering.
“Because up and down the UK, whether it’s from Dorset up to Staffordshire, there are literally hundreds of thousands of people volunteering.”
During the podcast, Prince Harry also praised 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who has raised more than £25million for the NHS.
He added: “Congratulations to Tom, I think what he’s done is utterly amazing.”
However, Prince Harry came under fire for his comments about the media – leaving Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan hot under the collar.
Prince Harry, who is staying in his Malibu mansion, said: “I’m just so incredibly proud to see what these individuals up and down the country and across the world are doing.
“It’s also proving that I think things are better than we’re led to believe through certain corners of the media.
“It can be very worrying when you’re sitting there and the only information you are getting is from certain news channels, but then if you are out and about or you are on the right platforms, you can really sense this human spirit coming to the forefront.”
Piers slammed Prince Harry for claiming the coronavirus pandemic was being ‘exaggerated’ after ‘ditching his country’.
In his latest row, Piers dubbed the Duke of Sussex a ‘pampered little duke’ who ‘makes me feel sick’.
He ranted: “I might remind him the world is in a war at the moment with a virus which is destroying lives and the lives of health care workers in this country.
“What was Harry’s contribution to this debate other than making it all about him again? To claim we’re all exaggerating this war.
“The brass neck of this guy, who ditched his country. Now lives in a Malibu mansion, that I don’t think he even pays for, lecturing us that we are exaggerating a war.”
Piers continued by reminding Prince Harry that 80 of those people who have died were NHS workers and health workers fighting the virus from the frontline.
Piers continued: “When we have had deaths of 80 health care workers.
“We are showing people the reality of this and we’re not reliant on a pampered little duke in his Malibu mansion.”
He continued: “I’m sorry to use tough language but the bottom line is I don’t want to hear from these two during this war.
“Making it about their little hurt feelings. ‘Oh isn’t my life awful in my Malibu mansion’. Shut up, seriously.”