Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly taken at least 21 private jets since the start of 2019, leaving a former UK government minister to say News week they are “completely hypocritical”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned home after their tour of New York last week aboard a Dassault Falcon 2000, The sun reported.
The trip saw them campaigning for vaccine fairness at the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park on Saturday, but also created around 17 tonnes of carbon, the newspaper reported.
And it happened on Prince Harry’s back as he returned home from a polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, by private jet in August.
The Duke took a Gulfstream jet owned by friend and businessman Marc Ganzi after the tournament, according to The independent.
During the event, the prince pledged to donate $ 1.5 million to his own charity Sentebale, which supports young people living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
The couple were also flown from Canada to Los Angeles by private jet when they first moved to America in March 2020, The daily mail reported online.
Tyler Perry’s private plane picked them up at 7:35 a.m. on March 14, 2020 at Victoria International Airport before dropping them off at Hollywood Burbank Airport just after 10 a.m., according to the website.
Prior to that, the couple had taken 18 private jet trips over a 12-month period from January 2019 to January 2020, according to research by former minister Norman Baker.
That brings them to 21, although the actual total may be higher as it is not known whether they flew by private jet to New York and Aspen as well as catching private planes back home.
Baker, who wrote the Royal Book And what are you doing?, Recount News week: “It is utterly hypocritical of Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they emit more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.
“People using private jets are among the top percent of the world’s carbon emitters.
“Prince Harry must stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he must stop teaching people about climate change.
“It’s not particularly difficult to get a flight from New York to California, people do it all the time.”
Prince Harry has also made two long-haul flights to Britain and back on two occasions, for Prince Philip’s funeral in April, and to unveil a statue to his mother, Princess Diana, in July, although there is no evidence that these trips were made by private jet.
Meghan and Harry also flew from Canada to London and returned for their final royal jobs in March 2020, though again there is no indication they took private planes.
This means that they have made around 64 flights since January 2019, of which around 30% were private jets.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry spoke about the devastating impact of climate change and the possibility of collective action to save the planet.
In December, Harry helped launch WaterBear, a Netflix-style streaming service for environmental content.
In a video post, he said: “For me it’s about putting my back behind the said and it’s something that WaterBear is doing, is going to do, and you are capitalizing on a community of doers.
“There are a lot of people saying it, but it’s about action.”
Harry added: “Every drop of rain that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if each of us is a drop of rain?
“What if each of us cared, what we do, because we have to care because at the end of the day nature is our source of life.”