Over the years, a comedy duo known as Vovan and Lexus — who specialize in prank or spoof phone calls involving celebrity impressions or simply a good story to draw a celebrity in — have successfully tricked a number of high-profile targets: They’ve fooled Elton John, the President of Turkey, and a handful of American politicians including Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Lindsey Graham, Jerry Brown, and even Bernie Sanders.
Their most recent target, however, really gave up the goods in their spoofed call with him; England’s Prince Harry was apparently fooled by their impressions of teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg and her father Svante so deeply that their conversation led to a number of startling statements by Harry involving America’s own Donald Trump.
During the call, Harry got so passionate in their exchange about the climate that he told “Greta” some pretty strong words about Trump’s energy policies:
I think the mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry is so big in America, he has blood on his hands.”
That paints a very different picture of Prince Harry’s perception of Trump than the media — and Harry’s own family — have previously allowed to be publicly shown. As a member of the royal family in Britain, Harry was always expected to maintain public civility toward even those leaders he didn’t like or respect as a matter of graciousness and goodwill.
But clearly, behind closed doors, Harry does not like or respect Donald Trump at all, and with good reason. Trump is essentially an anti-king: Someone who fancies themselves a version of royalty, but who has none of the charm, wit, magnanimity, or diplomacy required of the actual aristocracy. In fact, Harry took it a step further in the call, labeling Trump as one of the “very sick people” running the world:
Unfortunately the world is being led by some very sick people so the people like yourselves and younger generation are the ones that are going to make all the difference.”
The recently-uncovered phone calls with Harry and the comedy pair took place over the New Year and at the beginning of January and honestly have made your humble author a bit of a fan of the youngest son of Princess Diana. His statements were earnest and uncompromising, and make some of our own politicians look weak and afraid to make waves. He told “Greta” to keep at the environmental activism that has made her famous, despite the pushback from “bad leaders”:
The more people say no to something, the more we should knuckle down and try and make it happen because, you know, if Donald Trump can become President of the United States of America, then anything’s possible, right? I think there are some good leaders, political leaders around the world, and at the moment it’s severely unbalanced and in favor of bad leaders. And now I’m confident within the next five to 10 years things will change, but we can’t wait five or 10 years.”
It may have been a prank call, but it feels like one of the most productive conversations on climate change, corrupt government, and the power of youth that the world has heard in a long, long time.
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