American actress Meghan Markle, who married into the UK’s Royal Family last year, is being called a hypocrite for repeatedly using a private jet–even though she brands herself as being an advocate for environmental issues.
Markle, who became the Duchess of Sussex after her marriage to Prince Harry of Windsor, flew on two private jets in just two days with her husband and their new son, Archie. The Royals spent over 15 million euros on the plane trips, which took them to the South of France for vacation after visiting Ibiza in Spain. According to the Daily Mail, the trip created seven times more emissions per person than a commercial flight.
Their flight was estimated to have had a carbon footprint of three tonnes, when the average for the country is just 13 tonnes a year.
The couple has come under intense scrutiny, given their vocal comments about needing to protect the environment.
The trip is the second time this month that the royal couple used the private jet company, which is called “Uber for billionaires” by the elites. They flew using the same company on August 6, when they visited a luxury villa in Spain. Perks of the airline include custom dining menus and the option to take pets in the cabin.
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Once the royal couple arrived at their destination, they were guarded by taxpayer-funded security.
This is not the first time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under such scrutiny. Ironically, Harry after he used a private plane to get to Sicily for a Google climate meeting several months ago despite preaching to UK citizens about global warming. On several occasions he lectured average citizens about declining their carbon footprints.
Several public figures spoke out agains the Duchess and her husband openly.
Teresa Pearce, Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead, said, “Given the position they have taken publicly about being responsible on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at. I find this quite surprising because it doesn’t fit with their public image and the way they’re so concerned about the planet and the environment.”
Ken Wharfe, a former royal protection officer, added, “Frankly it’s hypocritical. Harry can’t be preaching about the catastrophic effects of climate change while jetting around the world on a private plane.”
Piers Morgan, perhaps the UK’s most influential and prominent journalist, has also been vocal in calling out Markle. Morgan has repeatedly stated that Markel is doing damage to the Royal Family by not following protocol, and even compared her to Marie Antoinette in his influential Daily Mail column.
The Royal Family refused to comment on the situation, nor will they reveal how much the trip cost UK taxpayers. Markle has been heavily scrutinized during her short time as a Royal; most of the negative comments surround her luxurious lifestyle choices and the bucking of Royal tradition.