Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle's statement where they said they feel "layers of pain" over the situation in Afghanistan has been criticised by commentators and even dubbed "grandiose and patronising" by one.

The Sussexes released an apparently heartfelt, lengthy statement on their Archewell website, decrying the actions of the Taliban and urging the world to show their "global humanity".

But it was rounded on by media personalities, including Piers Morgan and Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Among the critics was also royal biographer Angela Levin who said: "Who do they think they are?"

"It's as if we are all small children and now they are going to look after us," she added.

"It's meaningless – completely meaningless."

Speaking to The Sun, she went on to say that she thinks the couple are simply "posturing."

"It’s so grandiose and patronising," she said, adding that it's "another example of them telling us what to do".

Levin, who often criticises the couple in her articles, also said they are "the least compassionate people you can imagine".

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In response to a tweet reading "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break silence on Afghanistan to say they are 'speechless'," Piers Morgan quipped: "If only they were."

TalkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer said: "Thank god 'speechless' Harry and Meghan have spoken on the terrible state of the world, so now we all know what we are supposed to feel, say and do.

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"We’d never have known if it weren’t for them being so… y’know… speechless."

The couple, using their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, said in their statement: "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.

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

"When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize 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."

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Like Piers and co, Twitter users weren't convinced by the statement, either.

One user dismissed the statement as "yet more word salad and bandwagon-jumping".

Another said: "They’re never speechless, are they? What we saw is just Harry and Meghan focusing on the hottest topics of the moment with lots of word salad, but without any big action to help."

"Pompous, sanctimonious, and egocentric. It just beggars belief. I'm embarrassed for them," added a third.

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