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Aussie comedians shock with brutal joke about ‘royal for hire’ Prince Harry

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Aussie comedians shock with brutal joke about ‘royal for hire’ Prince Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have embarked on several progressive ventures since quitting the UK and moving to California two years ago.

And Prince Harry’s latest project, the sustainable travel organisation Travalyst, was royally skewered on Monday’s episode of Have You Been Paying Attention?

The panel of comedians made a series of cutting jokes about a recent advertisement for Travalyst starring Harry that aired on New Zealand television last week. 

Humour: Prince Harry’s latest project, the sustainable travel organisation Travalyst, was royally skewered on Monday’s episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? (Left: host Tom Gleisner)

Quizmaster Tom Gleisner asked the panel: ‘Prince Harry is in a new ad. What’s he advertising?’

Ed Kavalee was the first to hit the buzzer with a brutal barb about Harry using his royal connections to make money in America.

‘I think it’s an eBay sell-off of Philip’s stuff?’ he said, referring to Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip who died in April 2021 aged 99.

'An eBay sell-off of Philip's stuff?' The comedians made cutting jokes about a recent television advert for Travalyst starring Harry. Ed Kavalee (pictured) was the first to hit the buzzer with a brutal barb about the Duke of Sussex using his royal connections to make money in America

‘An eBay sell-off of Philip’s stuff?’ The comedians made cutting jokes about a recent television advert for Travalyst starring Harry. Ed Kavalee (pictured) was the first to hit the buzzer with a brutal barb about the Duke of Sussex using his royal connections to make money in America

Kitty Flanagan then made a risqué joke about the longstanding – and false – rumours surrounding Harry’s paternity.

‘Is it Ancestry.com DNA testing?’ she asked.

But it was Anne Edmonds who provided the correct answer, saying Harry was in fact promoting his environmental travel business.

Ouch! Kitty Flanagan (pictured) then made a risqué joke about the longstanding - and false - rumours surrounding Harry's paternity. 'Is it Ancestry.com DNA testing?' she asked

Ouch! Kitty Flanagan (pictured) then made a risqué joke about the longstanding – and false – rumours surrounding Harry’s paternity. ‘Is it Ancestry.com DNA testing?’ she asked

The advert, which also starred Kiwi actors Dave Fane and Rena Owen, promoted the first initiative launched in New Zealand for Harry’s non-profit Travalyst organisation.

Travalyst, founded in 2019, is an eco-travel project in which holidaymakers, rather than holidays, are rated for how sustainable they are.

New Zealanders now have access to a rating tool on the Travalyst website as part of a pilot initiative encouraging travellers to consider sustainable options during planning for their next trip.

Ethical venture: The ad, which also starred Kiwi actors Dave Fane and Rena Owen, promoted the first initiative launched in New Zealand for Harry's non-profit Travalyst organisation

Ethical venture: The ad, which also starred Kiwi actors Dave Fane and Rena Owen, promoted the first initiative launched in New Zealand for Harry’s non-profit Travalyst organisation 

Popular: Have You Been Paying Attention? is the most popular panel show Down Under, and is considered Australia's answer to Britain's Mock the Week

Popular: Have You Been Paying Attention? is the most popular panel show Down Under, and is considered Australia’s answer to Britain’s Mock the Week

Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time Harry’s paternity has been the subject of humour on Have You Been Paying Attention?

In July last year, Ed made a joke about Princess Diana’s lover James Hewitt being the prince’s biological father – a claim that has been categorically debunked.

Tom showed the panel a photo of Harry with a mystery companion whose face was blurred, and asked: ‘Two famous redheads got together this week. Who is Prince Harry with here?’

‘His real dad?’ Ed responded, prompting a disapproving look from the host.

Brutal: This isn't the first time Harry's paternity has been the subject of humour on Have You Been Paying Attention?

False rumour: In July last year, Ed made a joke about Princess Diana's lover James Hewitt being the prince's biological father - a claim that has been categorically debunked

Brutal: This isn’t the first time Harry’s paternity has been the subject of humour on Have You Been Paying Attention? In July last year, Ed made a joke about Princess Diana ‘s lover James Hewitt being the prince’s biological father – a claim that has been categorically debunked

Joke: Quizmaster Tom Gleisner showed the panel a photo of Harry with a mystery companion whose face was blurred, and asked: 'Two famous redheads got together this week. Who is Prince Harry with here?' 'His real dad?' Ed said, prompting a disapproving look from the host

Joke: Quizmaster Tom Gleisner showed the panel a photo of Harry with a mystery companion whose face was blurred, and asked: ‘Two famous redheads got together this week. Who is Prince Harry with here?’ ‘His real dad?’ Ed said, prompting a disapproving look from the host

In reality, Harry had caught up with British singer Ed Sheeran at the WellChild charity event in London the week before.

Former cavalry officer Hewitt, 64, has long denied false rumours he is the biological father of Prince Harry, with whom he shares similar physical traits including red hair. 

The paternity rumours are of course bogus, as Hewitt didn’t meet Diana until two years after Harry was born.

In a 2017 interview with Seven’s Sunday Night, he was asked point-blank by host Melissa Doyle if he, not Prince Charles, was Harry’s ‘real dad’.

Bogus: Former cavalry officer Hewitt (left, in 1991) has long denied false rumours he is the biological father of Prince Harry, with whom he shares similar physical traits including red hair

No truth: The paternity rumours are of course bogus, as Hewitt didn't meet Diana until two years after Harry was born

Bogus: Former cavalry officer Hewitt (left, in 1991) has long denied false rumours he is the biological father of Prince Harry, with whom he shares similar physical traits including red hair

He firmly responded: ‘No, I’m not!’

When pressed about the false rumours that have persisted for decades, he added: ‘It sells papers. It’s worse for him, probably, poor chap.’

Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997, started her affair with Hewitt in 1986 after she asked him to be her horse riding instructor.

Lovers: Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997, started her affair with Hewitt in 1986 after she asked him to be her horse riding instructor. Harry was born on September 15, 1984

Lovers: Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997, started her affair with Hewitt in 1986 after she asked him to be her horse riding instructor. Harry was born on September 15, 1984

Harry was born on September 15, 1984.

Their secret relationship blossomed as rumours swirled her husband, Charles, was having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he would later marry.

Hewitt now leads a lonely life as a recluse in Devon.

Denial: In a 2017 interview with Sunday Night, Hewitt was asked point-blank by host Melissa Doyle if he, not Prince Charles, was Harry's 'real dad'. He firmly responded: 'No, I'm not!'

Denial: In a 2017 interview with Sunday Night, Hewitt was asked point-blank by host Melissa Doyle if he, not Prince Charles, was Harry’s ‘real dad’. He firmly responded: ‘No, I’m not!’

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