Should Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and other royals use private jets? Express.co.uk poll
Express.co.uk is asking its readers whether they believe members of the Royal Family should travel by private aircraft for personal trips. Meghan and Harry are at the centre of a row, after they were spotted arriving in Nice, France, with a private jet last Wednesday. This trip followed a six-day holiday the pair took with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, to Ibiza, Spain, to celebrate Meghan’s 38th birthday.
Other members of the Royal Family have been spotted in the past using helicopters and private jets to travel.
However, Meghan and Harry’s choice to get on a private aircraft four times in less than two weeks has come under fire because they have been passionate advocate about the damage humankind’s reckless behaviour is doing to the planet and have urged people to take action to revert climate change.
In July, the pair dedicated their Instagram account, sussexroyal, to put the spotlight on charities and personalities actively working to tackle the consequences of climate change.
And at the end of that month, Prince Harry is believed to have travelled, with a private jet, to Sicily to attend the yearly Google Camp, a gathering attended by A-listers to discuss several topics, including climate change and politics.
There, the Duke of Sussex is said to have delivered a speech barefoot focused on the environment.
The row took a new turn after singer Elton John released a passionate statement in which he defended the Sussexes.
Revealing he offered his own jet to grant the family-of-three some privacy, the Rocketman star said: “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.
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“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.
“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.
“To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.
“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.”
Meghan and Harry are not the only royals been caught using a private jet for their personal trips.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have been spotted flying with helicopters.
In 2008, the second-in-line to the throne was harshly criticised for landing a multi-million pound Chinook helicopter in Kate’s backyard.
Prince William, who was at the time completing his pilot training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, flew 16 miles from RAF Odiham to the Middletons’ residence.
And the week before, William had “dragged” into a similar row his brother Harry for flying to the stag do of their cousin Peter Philips, taking place in the Isle of Wight, as recalled by royal biographer Duncan Larcombe in his book, Prince Harry: The Inside Story.
And Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was spotted earlier this month boarding a private jet as he was leaving Scotland following a short stay at Balmoral Castle with the Queen.