Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been slammed for taking 21 private jets while preaching about climate change.
On Saturday, the couple appeared at a gig in New York calling for action on climate change before later using a private jet to return home to their £11million home in California.
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.”
Image: Meghan and Harry at the One World Observatory in New York City (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seen at Melba’s restaurant in Harlem (GC Images)
“It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.”
His criticism comes after the couple reportedly used 21 private jets in two years.
While in New York, the pair carried out their first public engagement since welcoming baby Lilibet in a visit to New York City, which gave a subtle nod to the couple’s royal roots.
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak on stage at Global Citizen Live (WireImage)
The Sussexes arrived in the city on Thursday, visiting a 9/11 memorial along with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and the state’s governor, Kathy Hochul.
While in New York, they booked to stay at The Carlyle, known as New York’s “Tower of Power”, and were spotted having a drink at the hotel’s bar.
Image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival (AFP via Getty Images)
The Carlyle was known to be a favorite of Harry’s mum Princess Diana, who often stayed there when she was in the city.
They were seen embracing members of staff who had accompanied them on their brief visit before going back to their Montecito mansion.
During their trip and while touring the One World Observatory on Thursday, the couple spoke about mental health with Mr. De Blasio.
The New York City mayor said: “They’re good people and they’re really committed to the world.
“I got a great vibe, particularly the work that they’re doing on mental health … I think the prince makes a great point when he says, ‘mental fitness,’ calling it ‘mental fitness’ as a positive aspirational idea. That was one of the things we talked about. I really admire what they’re both doing on that.”