Simon McCoy laughs at Harry and Meghan’s Afghanistan statement

GB News presenter Simon McCoy laughed out loud when Prince Harry and Meghan’s Afghanistan statement was read out on air.

The former BBC host sniggered when his co-presenter Kirsty Gallacher said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were left “speechless” by the Taliban takeover.

Gallacher said: “Now, Harry and Meghan have broken their silence to say they are speechless about the situation in Afghanistan.”

McCoy couldn't hide his amusement and responded with: “Sorry, only they would break their silence to tell us they are speechless.”

In a joint statement on their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan said: “The world is exceptionally fragile right now.

“As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless.

“As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken.

“And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.”

Calling on the international community to alleviate suffering, the Sussexes added: “When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realise it or not.

“And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action – together.

“To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organisations doing critical work. We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the UN General Assembly and the G20 leaders’ summit.

“As an international community, it is the decisions we make now – to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet – that will prove our humanity.”

The statement was followed by images of their signatures “Harry & Meghan”.

The couple’s not-for-profit Archewell organisation said it was supporting the emergency response in Haiti with its partner World Central Kitchen, and highlighted other organisations such as Women for Afghan Women, Afghanaid, Mercy Corps and Invictus.

Archewell, which was set up by Harry and Meghan after their exit from the working monarchy, vowed to support the military who served in Afghanistan, and the Afghan people.

Following the withdrawal of US troops, Taliban militants have quickly seized control of the country.

Distressing videos showed civilians desperately clinging to the sides of departing planes at Kabul airport in a bid to escape, with some plunging to their deaths.

Thousands of refugees are attempting to flee, and many more remain trapped in desperate situations.