Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are enjoying quality time with their son Archie Harrison on a European summer holiday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pictured with their three-month-old baby son as they stepped on board a luxury private jet on Saturday. But as the family travel in style, they have been heavily criticised for flying on private jets, despite regularly talking about the importance of being environmentally friendly.
Private jets usually carry fewer passenger than commercial planes, meaning they burn much more fuel per person per hour.
According to The Sun, the Sussexes have taken four trips on private jets in just 11 days, which would have left a carbon footprint of more than three tons.
The plane was booked by singing legend Elton John, and would have cost £20,000 to hire.
Sir Elton has since defended Meghan and Harry and said he paid to carbon offset their trip to his French home.
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Meghan and Harry have previously spoken about the importance of tackling climate change.
In a post on the @SussexRoyal Instagram page last month, Prince Harry wrote: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth.
“Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing.
“With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”
But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t the only royals who has left a massive carbon footprint this year.
Last month, the Sovereign Grant Report was published for 2019 and revealed a massive increase in the Royal Family’s CO2 emissions.
According to the report, the royals’ C02 emissions went up from 1,687 in 2018 to 3,344 in 2019 – a staggering 98.22 percent increase.
Buckingham Palace have defended the report, saying foreign travel on behalf of the Government was responsible for the rise.
The Duke of Cambridge has toured the Middle East while Prince Harry and Meghan visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
Three official trips were also undertaken by Prince Charles – who visited the Caribbean, Africa, Greece and France.
A royal expert has slammed the family and told The Times “they should practice what they preach.”
According to Sovereign Grant Reports, more than 3,200 official engagements across the UK and overseas were undertaken by members of the Royal Family in 2018 to 2019.
Reflecting on the year 2018 to 2019, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, said: “The year under review has been another busy period for the Royal Household with The Queen undertaking 140 official engagements in the United Kingdom, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Buckingham Palace and the visit of the President of the United States to Windsor.
“In addition, the programme of other Members of the Royal Family who support The Queen helped the Royal Family deliver over 3,200 official engagements across the UK and overseas.”
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