Bill Shorten has likened the dramas of the British Royal Family to an episode of Married At First Sight after Prince William and Harry released separate tributes following the death of their grandfather, Prince Philip.

“Prince Philip was a very distinguished person, no question. But to dare to be a bit different here, like this is a British family and they have got their troubles, like families have. I don’t want to be a therapist to a foreign family on the other side of the world,” he said during an appearance on The Today Show on Tuesday.

He added, “They are a lovely family. Good luck to them. They have their problems – some people don’t like who their grandsons married. I don’t mind. She [Meghan] seems a nice person. But I don’t care, dare I say it. It is interesting but so is Married At First Sight.

“It’s about time after 250 years of European settlement that we decided not to worry about a foreign family as being the key determinant in our nation’s decision making structure… I just think there is more important things to worry about right now, like getting the vaccine roll out sorted and underway.”

Shorten’s comments follow Prince William’s tribute and accompanying photo of Prince Philip and a then two-year-old Prince George in one of his carriages in 2015.

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“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!” he said in a statement.

“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

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