OXFORD author Sir Philip Pullman has taken a break from writing fantasy fiction to contribute to the debate about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from major Royal duties.

His Dark Materials writer Sir Philip, 73, took to Twitter to give his views.


He tweeted: “Of course Meghan Markle is attacked by the British press because she’s black, and of course Prince Harry is right to defend her. What a foul country this is.”

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The author’s contribution prompted numerous responses, with some followers criticising him for bringing race into the argument.

He also criticised links between football and gambling.


Mr Pullman tweeted from his account @PhilipPullman: "And while I'm on the subject of how disgusting this nation is let me mention bookies and football.

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"The vampiric gambling industry has no place in a vampiric society. Away with it."

The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada as the Queen and other senior royals took decisive action and ordered their teams to find a 'workable solution' to Prince Harry and Meghan's future roles.

Sir Philip combines writing fantasy fiction with frequent tweeting and has 152,000 followers on the social media platform.

Last year he deleted a tweet in which he said he said he thought of the word 'rope' and 'nearest lamp post' when he heard Boris Johnson's name.


He later deleted the tweet and insisted he did not advocate hanging Boris Johnson.

He added: "I think that would be a very bad idea. Recent events have aroused my anger to the point where I temporarily lost my judgement. In the heat of the moment I made a tactical error."

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In 2017, La Belle Sauvage the first instalment of the new Book of Dust trilogy was a publishing sensation.

The follow-up, The Secret Commonwealth, came out last year.


The first series of a TV adaptation of His Dark Materials was screened on BBC1 at the end of last year.

Starring Dafne Keen as Lyra and Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter it won critical acclaim and a second series is being made.