Outside of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry is probably the highest profile member of the British royal family. He’s also now probably the most hated member of the sovereign entourage, after the internet began dissecting his call for Fortnite to be banned.
Prince Harry made the comments during a YMCA event in west London this week. As reported by the BBC, the Duke of Sussex put social media on blast as well as Fortnite, saying social media was “more addictive than alcohol and drugs”.
As for Fortnite, Prince Harry questioned why anyone was allowed to play the game at all:
That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household? It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible. It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.
Prince Harry has done a lot of charity work around mental health, both amongst youth and within the military, so it’s understandable that anything potentially affecting that would concern him. But good intentions are not enough, and the internet has been particularly savage this morning – especially given his comments around social media following the launch of his and Meghan Markle’s official Instagram account this week. (The @sussexroyal account originally belonged to a Reading FC fan, but Instagram decided to change his handle without telling him.)
I don't want my kids addicted to Fortnite but equally I don't want to be lectured by a prince with no experience of children, and whose future children will be able to knock about the palace gardens instead of sitting inside playing videogames https://t.co/JNlki7Yl5J
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) April 4, 2019
“[fortnite is] created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible."
It's irresponsible to talk about something when you have little to no knowledge and cant present a balanced view.https://t.co/VWrsX3MmXM
— Redeye (@PaulChaloner) April 4, 2019
If you have parents who monitor the amount of screen time you have, makes sure you have a good balance of play, education, physical fitness and nutrition, they won’t be addicted to Fortnite…Prince Harry.
— Eh Bee Family (@EhBeeFamily) April 4, 2019
The money spent on his fucking wedding could have sent every child in the UK on holiday for a fortnite. https://t.co/y7gPihEOx9
— THE PYRAMID (@robertflorence) April 4, 2019
Unfortunate because after Brexit the UK might become real life Fortnite. https://t.co/MwwjLKS79w
— Ronny Chieng (@ronnychieng) April 4, 2019
Prince Harry: Fortnite bad
Literally Oxford: pic.twitter.com/rhhseThN1J
— NukeNacho (@NukeNacho) April 4, 2019
Not sure I'd be arguing that things that bring no obvious benefit should be banned if I were a member of the Royal Family. https://t.co/tNPeK0ZqYp
— Tom Hatfield (@WordMercenary) April 4, 2019
prince harry’s take on fortnite is so annoying like you’d rather take the easier route of banning a video game which can easily be replaced by others than addressing the fact that these addictions can be prevent in children as long as their parents disciplines them
— poy ???? owl s2 (@hedgiehop) April 4, 2019
my mom just walked past me and said "fortnite is like a drug just remember that" WHATFSHDJS i stood there like what who has ever mentioned fortnite and she just goes "even prince harry said it" IMLAUGJING WHAT IS GOING ON
— h (@catharxis_) April 4, 2019
BREAKING NEWS: British parents are "Overjoyed" at the news that Prince Harry wants to BAN FORTNITE. One such lady was quoted as saying "I'm sick and tired of my child being indoors and having to make me parent. Why can't she go outside and get stabbed just like the other kids?"
— Heel vs Babyface (@heelvsbabyface) April 4, 2019
Prince Harry wants to ban Fortnite from Britain.
I don't care about games but gone are the days when royals dictate what their serfs do.
He can go swivel.
— Dan El Rojo (@Socialismilucra) April 4, 2019
Even Australian breakfast TV – which hasn’t been a fan of Fortnite or video games in the past – noted that Prince Harry might have a different tune once he becomes a parent (his first child is due in a few weeks).
Prince Harry has slammed the video game Fortnite saying it “shouldn’t be allowed” and social media is “more addictive than drugs and alcohol”! Do you agree with the Duke? #9Today pic.twitter.com/RWSP3ZyAtD
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) April 4, 2019
Others on social media also noted that they’d take their parenting advice from someone who hasn’t casually dressed as a Nazi.
Why? Do people who play Fortnite end up wearing Nazi uniforms, Prince Harry?
— Sena (@Disena_Sol) April 4, 2019
Prince Harry wants to take Fortnite away from kids so they don’t kill digital simulations while he goes out to hunt and kill cute little foxes in real life. He dressed up as Nazi for fun. Now he’s acting like one. His hobbies are the ones that should be banned.
— Adah (@adah905) April 4, 2019