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Emma Dent Coad hits back after 'disparaging remarks about Royals' Prince Harry and William

Emma Dent Coad has hit out after her alleged criticism of Princes Harry and William were picked up instead of her Grenfell Tower comments

The MP for Kensington has hit back at criticism after she reportedly mocked Prince Harry’s military service.

Emma Dent Coad said the “press are in charge of the narrative” after media reports failed to focus on her comments on Grenfell Tower .

She had reportedly questioned Harry’s ability to fly a helicopter when addressing a meeting entitled "Reigning in the Monarchy" at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

The Sun quoted Ms Dent Coad as saying: “Harry can’t actually fly a helicopter... He tried to pass the helicopter exam about four times and he couldn’t get through it at all so he always goes for the co-pilot.

“So he just sits there going ‘vroom vroom’.”

She also reportedly said that Harry and his brother William were “not very bright”, adding: “Just let them drift away, be playboys or whatever.”

Ms Dent Coad was elected as Kensington MP in June, and her constituency includes both Grenfell Tower and Kensington Palace, official home of Princes William and Harry.

Criticism came from John Woodcock, the MP for Barrow & Furness and former chair of Labour’s backbench defence committee.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire with Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad(Image: Getty Images Europe)

He reported on Twitter: “The highly inaccurate comments reportedly made by one of our colleagues, which disparage Prince Harry’s military service, in no way reflect the views of my party.

“Like everyone who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, His Royal Highness deserves nothing but praise and respect for his service in the armed forces.

Princes William and Harry in front of a Griffin helicopter in 2009(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“In addition to his tours of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry inspires so many by the way he champions injured, ill and wounded servicemen and women through the Invictus Games which he founded.

“I am really sorry that this has happened.”

Emma Dent Coad is also a North Kensington councillor

Responding to the coverage on Wednesday September 27, Ms Dent Coad pointed to the lack of media reports about her comments on the Grenfell Tower disaster.

She told the Press Association: “I’ve spoken five times about the Grenfell fire , yet this is all they’re interested in, which really proves the point I was making about the press in charge of the narrative.”

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