Sir Elton John has spoken out in defense of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after the couple was criticized for taking a private jet to his vacation home in the South of France.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always been outspoken about climate change, with Harry recently urging fans to leave “something better behind for the next generation” in an interview with British Vogue.
“But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation,” Harry said in the interview.
Not long after his comments were published, however, the couple is said to have flown by private jet to an Ibiza resort nicknamed the “billionaire’s playground” for their first family vacation with Archie.
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The duke and duchess then took another jet to John’s home in Nice.
The legendary musician has since released a statement about the couple’s visit, saying he feels a “profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.”
“I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week,” he wrote on Instagram on Monday.
“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.”
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He added that he provided the private jet to the couple, and he made sure the aircraft was carbon neutral by making “the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint.”
“I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis,” he added.
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