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Scottish MSP sparks fury over Prince Philip attack in Holyrood special session for Duke

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The Scottish politician, whose party has long been campaigning for an elected head of state instead of the Queen, blasted Prince Philip for his love of “bloodsports” while comparing his death’s announcement to daily Covid death updates. Mr Harvie faintly praised the Duke’s recorded environmental commitment as he noted the prince’s wealth and privilege did not affect his “mortality.” The Greens MSP said: “In this chamber as in this country we do not all share the same views of the monarchy or the same feelings today. It would be wrong to pretend that we did.

“This has been a year of terrible loss, for the world, including up to 150,000 Covid deaths across the UK, most of them announced without ceremony as daily statistics.

“The toll has been heaviest on those with least. But while there is no great leveller in how we live our lives we are today reminded there is no extreme of wealth, privilege or status which can protect us from mortality.

“In this respect, every human being is indeed equal, death comes to us all and every family feels the pain of loss.”

He continued: “Many have spoken about Prince Philip’s environmentalism. Today’s environmental movement overwhelmingly places responsibility for the global crisis on the powerful and would not seek to reconcile conservation with the bloodsports of the wealthy.

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“Yet it is still the case that a debt is owed to those whose environmentalism did achieve global awareness, even if it was shaped by different values to today’s.”

Mr Harvie added: “It is said Prince Philip wished to modernise the monarchy and no doubt in time it will again consider if it can do so: how a royal family can keep pace with the modern democratic society it is supposed to serve and how it must show respect for the diversity of that society in its words and its deeds.

“Others will question whether it can, whether it should retain its place or not. That debate is not for today.”

The Scottish Greens leader sparked the immediate fury of social media users, who slammed the politician for his “disgraceful” speech.

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