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Never Forget When We Royally Screwed Up Prince Harry's Secret Mission

Oops.

Prince Harry has had his fair share of scandals over the years, the most recent one being how he’s struggling to adjust to his new non-royal life. But that one is peanuts compared to the biggest thing he’s had to face in his life, which we, Australia, had a big hand in embarrassingly.

No, not Megxit. I’m talking about the time Prince Harry was on a secret mission in Afghanistan with the army, only for Australia’s media to reveal it well ahead of time and putting his and other military personnel’s lives in danger.

Speaking of Prince Harry scandals, the GOAT team talk about the whole Megxit mess on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Back in 2007, Prince Harry was training with soldiers from the Canadian Forces and British Army in preparation for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Beyond that, no one knew anything else or were allowed to report on what he was up to and radio silence was to be maintained for the foreseeable future.

That is until Australia’s media jumped the gun and broke the global news blackout just months later, inadvertently revealing Prince Harry’s secret mission.

In February 2008, Australian magazine New Idea (via news.com.au) broke the news blackout and revealed in an “exclusive” that Prince Harry had spent the past 10 weeks alongside the army in Afghanistan. Unsurprisingly, the news spread like wildfire and soon Prince Harry’s super secret mission was completely out in the open.

Despite Prince Harry’s conduct in Afghanistan being labeled “exemplary” by the British Chief of the General Staff, General Richard Dannatt, the Duke Of Sussex was pulled out of Afghanistan after just 10 weeks into his four-month tour due to concerns over the safety of him and his fellow soldiers.

Needless to say that Dannatt was pretty pissed with Australia as he made the decision to send Prince Harry to Afghanistan with the army with the understanding that there will be no reporting on it whatsoever due to security concerns.

“I am very disappointed that foreign websites have decided to run this story without consulting us.

“This is in stark contrast to the highly responsible attitude that the whole of the UK print and broadcast media, along with a small number of overseas, who have entered into an understanding with us over the coverage of Prince Harry on operations.”

New Idea later issued out a sheepish apology for breaking this global media blackout on Prince Harry’s Afghanistan mission, stating (via Reuters):

“We did not knowingly breach any embargo and were not party to any agreement for a media blackout on the story. However, and more importantly, we do acknowledge that our actions in publishing the story can be reasonably viewed as insensitive and irresponsible.

“We regret this serious lapse of judgment. We sincerely apologize to all our readers, to the servicemen whose lives are at constant risk while serving at home and abroad and to their families and loved ones.”

Good job, Australia! But hey, at least an apology was given.

Between Prince William jeopardising national security while working at the RAF and Prince Harry’s little Afghanistan debacle, we can’t imagine the next generation of royals being allowed near the army since everything they do will inevitably get leaked.

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Trump's Pettiness Over Obama's Portrait Is Why So Many Americans Are Dying RN

It's not like there's a global pandemic happening or anything.

If you’re the president of the United States of America and a global pandemic is wrecking havoc on your country, you’d think that that would be the first priority. But if you’re Trump – who is an idiot I must add – then you ignore COVID-19 altogether and instead be a petty little toddler about not putting Obama’s portrait in the White House.

Speaking of Obama, the GOAT team gush about Michelle Obama on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

A long-standing White House tradition has been for a first-term president to host a ceremony for the unveiling of the official portrait of their immediate predecessor, which will hang on the walls of the White House forever, irrespective of personal feelings or political views.

But according to NBC News, Trump is breaking yet another tradition by not bothering to host a ceremony for Obama’s official portrait. Instead, Trump is opting attack the beloved former president like a petty little POS by making up lies about Obama being a criminal and spreading some ridiculous “Obamagate” nonsense that has no basis in fact or reality.

Did I mention Trump is an idiot?

As for why Trump is so focused on his “Obamagate” lies and not giving Obama his official portrait ceremony, it’s another display of gaslighting and distraction from Combover Caligula.

Trump is doing an unprecedentedly piss-poor job in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short weeks, America has the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths of any country. With criticism mounting every day, this ‘Obamagate’ rubbish and petty Obama portrait stuff is the Cheeto-in-Chief is doing what he does best: ignore the problem, make crap up, and blame someone else.

As for what Obama makes of this, well he reportedly could really care less about his ceremony so long as Trump is still the Cheeto-in-Chief. The much-loved former president is seemingly more focused on getting people to vote in the 2020 election so that we would be rid of the orange cancer that’s currently sitting in the White House and rage-tweeting every day.

One really can’t help but feel some pity for America right now because not only are many people dying from COVID-19, Trump would rather focus on his petty (and clearly racist) agenda against Obama instead of, you know, focusing on relief efforts for the pandemic that’s sweeping the country.

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If You're Going To Ask Jacinda Ardern Creepy Personal Questions, Prepare To Be Shut Down

Don't be this guy.

In case you haven’t heard, Jacinda Ardern has been nailing it with New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and showing the rest of the world how it’s done. But for TV host Ryan Bridge, it seems like he’s less interested in Jacinda Ardern’s leadership and more into asking the creepy personal interview questions instead.

On the topic of awesome women, the GOAT team gush about Michelle Obama and her doco on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Jacinda Ardern appeared on The AM Show for an interview with host Ryan Bridge, but things quickly went down awkward lane when he started asking her creepy questions about if she dyed her hair and whether it is “going grey or something.”

Needless to say that Jacinda was a bit blindsided by such a personal, non-COVID-19 question that she initially spluttered in her response before recovering in time to give Bridges a cool Ardern dressing down.

“Never… never… never… that’s not a polite question to ask anyone – I was about to say a lady – but anyone, actually.

“It’s just a little touch-up, Ryan. No reason.”

The awkwardness gets cranked up another notch when Bridges digs himself deeper by justifying his line of questioning: “Looks good, Prime Minister. And I only mention the grey hair because you are the prime minister and it does tend to age people. No harm intended, alright?”

In the classiest way of shutting down an awkward line of questioning possible, Jacinda replied “No, it does, it does, I fully acknowledge that. Yep. Thank you for the reminder.”

As for why Ryan Bridges would waste an interview opportunity with Jacinda Ardern to ask such a creepy personal question, well only he knows that but we presume it had something to do with a tweet Clarke Gayford, Jacinda’s partner, shared about helping to dye her hair.

It’s just mindboggling how Bridges wasted an interview opportunity with Jacinda Ardern in such facepalming fashion. He could’ve asked important questions about COVID-19, politics, how well she’s polling at the moment, or even if she’s a fan of Superman, yet all he could focus on is her hair. One even has to wonder if he would’ve asked that question had his guest been male.

And if you just had to ask something personal about Jacinda, asking her about her old DJ days is a better way to go than whether she gets her hair dyed because being PM is so stressful.

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