Prince Harry should be made an ambassador to Washington as part of efforts to boost global Britain, a senior Tory has said.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said the royal would cut through to the American public.
And he called for the Government to have a fundamental rethink on how it uses people to boost the country’s image after Brexit.
He said that Harry - who got married to American actress Meghan Markle last year - would be the ideal candidate.
He told The Sun: ’We could use someone like Harry, in somewhere like the US, to say - the UK is back.
’Having somebody who could really cut through would be one hell of an asset.
He does have an American wife, and he served alongside US forces.
The idea of representing his country is something he’s done a lot.’
The Tory MP has also suggested that former Prime Minster David Cameron could be a UK ambassador for China.
Prince Harry spent ten years in the Army, rising to the rank of Captain and serving two tours in Afghanistan.In an interview with The Atlantic magazine, Mr Tugendhat pointed out that those in the military need diplomacy skills.
He said his proposal is the ’redesign we need to make global Britain work’.
But his comments were met with an immediate backlash with critics warning that it would politicise the royals.
Sir Andrew Wood, the former British ambassador to Russia, told the magazine: ’I see no virtue for either Prince Harry or the government in sending him over.
In fact, it risks politicising him.’
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Mr Tugendhat is one of the rising young stars of the Tory Party and has been tipped for the leadership one day.