Meghan and Harry have found themselves in some hot water after it was reported that they have taken 21 flights in the space of two years, despite their speeches and advocacy for climate change.
Last weekend, the royal couple attended the Global Citizen concert in Central Park, New York, where they spoke about climate change, and after they boarded a Dassault Falcon 2000 jet and flew back to their mansion in Montecito, California.
During the concert, which featured performances from Billie Eilish and Coldplay, Meghan and Harry asked that the ‘wealthiest nations’ deliver on a £70 billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.
Global Citizen took place in different cities all over the world with the one held in America demanding tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.
However, after appearing on stage at the NYC event, Harry and Meghan headed to the airport where they jumped on a private jet and went back to LA. This didn’t go down too well with everyone, as some believed it went against what they were preaching with regards to climate action.
Former government minister Norman Baker, 64, told Newsweek: ‘It’s completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they’re emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.’
‘People using private jets are in the top one percent of carbon emitters in the world. Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change.’
He added: ‘It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.’
The couple has reportedly taken at least 21 private jets in the last two years, according to The Sun, including one trip from Canada to LA when they first moved to America in March 2020.
Harry has previously defended his use of private jets, stating that 99 per cent of flights he takes are commercial.
Speaking during an event in 2019, the prince said: ‘Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, and it’s genuinely as simple as that.’
But he also noted that he tries to balance this impact out by off-setting his CO2 emissions.
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