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Why Elton John is defending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they were branded ‘hypocrites’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received criticism from environmentalists.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received criticism from environmentalists.

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By Rachel Thompson

Elton John has intervened after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were branded “hypocrites” by environmental campaigners after they flew on private jets for two trips two days apart. 

British tabloid newspaper The Sun published a story claiming that the royal couple took “their fourth gas-guzzling flight in just 11 days” as they travelled to Nice, France, on a 12-seater Cessna private jet. “Eco-warrier royals Harry and Meghan left a huge carbon footprint when they took a private jet to the South of France two days after their flight to Ibiza,” the story claimed.   

Environmental campaigners joined the chorus of criticism levelled at the pair, saying that the private jet trip flight sends the wrong message — particularly given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s environmental campaigning. 

“Private jets are similar to commercial jets except they fly with less people, so therefore the footprint (per person) is much higher,” Lucy Gilliam — from the campaign group Transport and Environment — told CNN. “Private jets consume 10 times more per person than commercial jets.” 

Prince Harry recently stated in a British Vogue interview with ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall that he plans to only have two children, stating “we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”

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Elton John has since intervened and said he is “deeply distressed” about the “distorted and malicious account in the press” about Harry and Meghan’s stay at his home in Nice. 

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. pic.twitter.com/WjVRDSMX0z

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

He wrote that Princess Diana was one of his closest friends and he feels protective over Harry and his family over the “unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.”

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.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

He added that he and his husband David Furnish provided the couple with a private jet flight to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection” for the family. 

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. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

Elton stated that a contribution had been made to offset the couple’s carbon footprint. 

According to MyClimate, carbon offsetting is “a way to reduce the emissions that you can’t. It both helps to combat global climate change as well as caring for local communities.”

To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

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.

Elton

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

He concluded the Twitter thread by calling on the media to “cease these relentless and untrue assassinations” on Harry and Meghan’s characters.

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