- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2017

A freshman Labor Party member of Parliament representing a traditionally Conservative constituency in London his making headlines in the U.K. for comparing the popular British royal family to the Kardashian clan.

The London Daily Telegraph reported Monday that Emma Dent Coad, who represents the constituency of Kensington, leveled the attack in a speech Saturday to Republican, a group that wants “to see the monarchy abolished and the Queen replaced with an elected, democratic head of state,” according to its website.

 “A lot of the disaffected Tories who are so sprightly around the narrative of Kensington Palace have described the Cambridges as vulgar, which is hysterical really,” Ms. Coad said, the Telegraph reported, the Cambridges denoting Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William is second-in-line to the throne of the United Kingdom, behind his father, Charles, the prince of Wales.

“I say the Middletons are like the Kardashians now, because they are such film stars. It just shows how much it has all changed,” Ms. Coad added, according to the Telegraph. 

“I would say if we are going to have princes and princesses then I would rather it was the Beckhams, because they have earned their own money.”

The duchess, nee Kathryn Middleton, was raised in a middle class home, the daughter of Michael and Carole Middleton, self-made millionaires who own a party-supply company.

Ms. Coad was elected in an upset in the June 8 general election, defeating Conservative incument Victoria Borwick by a 20 vote margin. The constituency, a true-blue Tory stronghold since the mid-1970s, includes within its borders Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

While Ms. Coad may be a resolute Republican, recent polling shows she’s out of step with the vast majority of her countrymen: A little more than three-fourth of Britons favor keeping the monarchy and some 79 percent approve of William’s handling of his royal duties, the Express newspaper reported in May 2016.

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