Prince Harry has been taking flak for calling the First Amendment “bonkers”.
Some Americans may be puzzled that a child of privilege who spent five years being educated at possibly the world’s greatest school, Eton, should have such difficulty understanding a concept as basic as freedom of speech.
But there’s a key point that his critics appear to be missing and it’s this: Prince Harry is quite exceptionally thick. …
A Levels — for the benefit of U.S. readers — are exams you traditionally take in England in your last year of school, aged 18, after two years of study. At expensive private schools such as Eton, even the most stupid pupils would normally take three A levels, in vaguely academic subjects, and if they did a reasonable amount of work would probably scrape three Cs. (The top grade in those days was an A).
All Harry managed to scrape, however, was a D grade in that classic thicko’s subject, Geography, and a B in the completely non-academic subject of Art.
Prince Harry’s epic stupidity is probably inherited from his presumed father, the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles, too, only got two A levels — a B in History and a C in French — yet somehow strings were pulled to land him a place at Cambridge University (normally it would have required something like three A grades at A Level, plus a decent performance in the entrance exam), where he scraped a lowly 2:2 in History.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with being epically, fabulously, unbelievably stupid. Many upper-class men successfully make their brainlessness part of their comical charm.
Where stupidity becomes unattractive and culpable, though, is when it’s deployed to comment on issues far, far above its pay grade, and when it’s afforded undeserved prestige.
The prince fits right in, now that the ruling class is so unremarkable and mostly inherit their position in life.