LOOSE Women host Janet Street-Porter was slammed by viewers for arguing Prince Harry should “rein it in” after he broke down in tears at the WellChild Awards.
Last night, theDuke of Sussex, 35, gave an emotional speech where he discussed his experience of becoming a father while presenting the award for most “inspirational child” in the age four-to-six category.
After taking a pause to collect himself, Harry said: “And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heart strings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own. “
Discussing Harry’s moving address on Loose Women, panellistJanet Street-Porterargued that the Prince should “rein it in” to prevent “men all over the country sobbing at every opportunity”.
Where fellow co-starsColeen NolanandRuth Langsfordfound the speech endearing, Janet said: “I can allow that as a new dad , he’s excited and everything else. But the royals kind of want it both ways. “
Duke of Sussex breaks down as he talks about his journey into fatherhood at his Wellchild Awards speech
Honing in on Meghan and Harry, she said: “There are times when they want their privacy, times when they won’t want to tell us who [Archie’s godparents are], or where the baby was born.
“And then they want to overshare and I’m a little bit confused.”
The panellist then went on to discussMeghan and Harry’s recent collaboration with Kate and William on their mental health awareness ad.
Questioning why the “the royals have made it their mission” to normalize discussions about mental health, she added: “I didn’t think it was the job of the Royal Family to get in touch with our feelings. “
She added: “I’m not being horrible about Harry but I just wish he’d reined it in a little bit.
“He thinks it’s acceptable – that’s his generation and [Meghan has] had a big impact on him.
“I just don’t want all the men all over Britain to think they have to live up to that standard and start sobbing at every opportunity.”
Outraged by this assertion, Coleen replied: “But I want the men in Britain to know they can if they want to.”
Unsurprisingly, viewers rallied around Prince Harry and said that the “stiff upper lip” long associated with the royals is a “dangerous” precedent.
One viewer tweeted: “I think people need to leave Harry alone. He got emotional, so what?”
Praising Coleen for arguing against Janet, another wrote: “Never thought I’d support Coleen Nolan’s views but her bringing down Janet a peg or two over whether men should be allowed to cry in public was overdue.”
A third raged: “You should take a hard look at your broadcasting ITV, all your mental health campaigns recently.
“Janet Street Porter has literally just told men to man up and not cry at every opportunity. Absolute disgrace.”
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive at the annual WellChild Awares in London