Sky News host Rita Panahi has labelled‘the world’s biggest hypocrite’ and a ‘joke of a human being’ after the royal pushed for Scott Morrison to attend the climate summit.
The Prince of Wales earlier this week chastised thefor his reluctance to commit to the Cop26 conference, claiming the world was on the verge of an environmental ‘disaster’ as he urged all global leaders to attend.
Mr Morrison on Friday confirmed he would attend the summit – which is set to affirm international commitments to net zero emissions by 2050 – after weeks of flipping back and forth on the decision.
And in a fiery segment on Friday evening Panahi accused Prince Charles of ‘bullying’ the prime minister into flying across the world for the summit.
‘I think he’s an absolute joke of a human being and if he ever becomes king, the republicans [in Australia] will have their golden moment,’ she said.
Panahi said it was hypocritical for the royal to campaign to stop climate change when he adds to the problem by living a high-carbon emission life of luxury.
‘If he actually lived this philosophy I would have some respect for him – this is a man who has been criticised for taking helicopters when he could have made a short car ride,’ she said.
‘This is a man who does not live what he preaches… this man is the world’s biggest hypocrite and idiot.’
Prince Charles had told thethe summit was a ‘last chance saloon’ for global climate change action.
When informed by a reporter that Mr Morrison was considering not attending the summit, the royal shook his head and added: ‘Is that what he said?’
‘The point being that this is a last chance saloon. If we don’t really take the decisions that are vital now, it’s going to be almost impossible to catch up,’ Prince Charles said.
‘It will be a disaster. I mean it will be catastrophic. It is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather.’
Panahi though said she refused to take advice from a man ‘who wants to be reincarnated as a sanitary product’ as she took her rant against the prince even further.
Her comment refers to tapped phone calls made public in 1992 between Prince Charles and his future wife Camilla – during which the prince said he wanted to be her ‘tampon’.
‘This is a man who wants to be reincarnated as a sanitary product – he’s not the sort of man I’d want to be taking any sort of advice from,’ Panahi said.
Sky News commentator Rita Panahi referenced leaked phone calls between Prince Charles and Camilla (pictured together) made public in 1992, saying she would never be taking advice from a man ‘who wants to be reincarnated as a sanitary product’
Panahi (pictured) called Prince Charles the ‘biggest hypocrite and idiot’ and accused him of bullying Scott Morrison into attending the Glasgow summit
Panahi’s co-host Nicholas Reece said it was embarrassing that a future king of Australia had to shame the country’s prime minister into attending the summit.
‘The Prime Minister should be leading, not following,’ Mr Reece said.
Mr Morrison had initially left it open whether he would attend the important meeting.
‘Overnight I confirmed my attendance at the Glasgow Summit which I’m looking forward to attending,’ Mr Morrison told reporters at Kirribilli House on Friday.
‘It is an important event. The Government will be finalising its position to take to the summit.
Mr Morrison has been in extended discussions in recent weeks with colleagues and Federal coalition partners, the National Party, about Australia’s policy on net zero emissions by 2050 and the stance the nation should take at the Glasgow conference.
It’s believed most National Party MPs are now resigned to Australia formalising a commitment to net zero by 2050, with a small rump of Queensland MPs resisting the move.
‘Are you going to have them all on the same page? Not a chance,’ Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said earlier this week.
The Queen was said to be ‘irritated’ by world leaders who had not indicated they would attend the upcoming summit.
The 95-year-old monarch’s comments on the topic were picked up while she was attending the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff.
Scott Morrison has finally confirmed he will travel to Glasgow for the climate summit beginning on October 31
‘Extraordinary isn’t it… I’ve been hearing all about Cop… still don’t know who is coming… no idea,’ Her Majesty said.
‘We only know about people who are not coming… It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.’
Mr Morrison said he was focused on the ‘how’ of Australia meeting its 2050 Paris Agreement commitments, rather than the ‘if and ‘when.’
‘I am very focused on the how because the global changes that are happening in our economy as a result of the response to climate change have a real impact and they will have a real impact here in Australia,’ he said.
‘It is not just about hitting net zero. That is an important environmental goal.
‘What is important is that Australia’s economy goes from strength to strength.
‘Our position will be set out before I leave for Glasgow,’ he promised.
The Queen made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis yesterday, saying she is ‘irritated’ by people who ‘talk but don’t do’
The 95-year-old monarch was speaking to the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament’s presiding officer, when her remarks were picked up on the event’s live stream
Prince Charles,and are all set to attend the conference, which starts on October 31 in the Scottish city.
The Queen, who was using a walking stick in public for the second time this week, expressed the remarks emphatically and gesticulated with her gloved hand.
Miss Jones replied: ‘Exactly. It’s a time for doing… and watching your grandson [Prince William] on the television this morning saying there’s no point going to space, we need to save the Earth.’
The Queen smiled proudly and said: ‘Yes, I read about it.’
Among those still not confirmed to attend the UN’s Cop26 conference, which starts on October 31, are Chinese president Xi Jinping (left), and Russian leader Vladimir Putin (right)
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (left) and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro (right) have also not committed to being in Glasgow for the event
The remarks were a rare public insight into the politically neutral – and tight-lipped – monarch’s personal views on an issue of global importance.
She attended the Welsh parliament alongside Camilla and the Prince of Wales, a committed environmentalist who made similar remarks this week.
The Queen did famously say she hoped ‘people will think very carefully about the future’ ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, which was viewed by many as a direct attempt to influence the vote.
Among those still not confirmed to attend the UN’s Cop26 conference are Mr Morrison, Chinese president Xi Jinping, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro have also not committed to being in Glasgow for the event.
The monarch, 95, was joined for the reopening of Senedd by her son the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff
US President Joe Biden confirmed only this week that he will attend. America’s charge d’affaires to the UK, Philip Reeker, said the summit in Glasgow will be ‘a pivotal moment on the road towards a more secure, prosperous and sustainable future for our planet’.
Although the Queen has left environmental campaigning to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, her son Charles, and grandson William, it is an issue she quietly takes a great interest in.
In a speech to the Scottish parliament earlier this month, she said: ‘Next month, I will be attending Cop26 events in Glasgow. The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland, in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.
Her Majesty’s remarks came after earlier this week Prince William hit out at billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos for pioneering space tourism over repairing the planet
‘There is a key role for the Scottish parliament, as with all parliaments, to help create a better, healthier future for us all, and to engage with the people they represent – especially our young people.’
In 2019, she used her Christmas speech to praise young climate change activists and their sense of purpose.
She has also introduced environmentally friendly initiatives at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences, including monitoring energy consumption through a network of smart meters, installing energy-efficient LED lighting where possible and using combined heat and power plants and boilers to convert natural gas into electricity.
William Shatner (centre), who is famed for his role as Captain Kirk in the 1960s sci-fi series, ventured 351,186 feet above Earth’s surface where he spent three minutes in weightlessness with astronauts Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries and Audrey Powers
The duke’s intervention came just hours after Star Trek’s William Shatner became the oldest person in space at the age of 90, following a journey aboard Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket
Windsor Castle gets 40 per cent of its electricity from two hydro-electric turbines on the River Thames, and the Queen famously used to go round turning the palace lights off.
Earlier this week, Prince Charles also expressed his frustration that the world’s leaders had taken ‘far too long’ to take action.
He said: ‘They just talk. The problem is to get action on the ground, which is what I’ve been trying to do for the last 40 years, by bringing together people from every kind of industry and walk of life, to try to create an awareness of what needs to be done.’
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