Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s visit to New York sparks allegations of familiar hypocrisy
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of hypocrisy after returning from New York by private jet, echoing a line of attack that dates back to the summer of 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a largely successful tour of the East Coast, speaking to crowds at Global Citizen Live on Vaccine Fairness on Saturday, September 25.
They also met New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and visited the 9/11 memorial on Thursday before Meghan read her children’s book. The bench at a Harlem school on Friday, September 24.
However, since returning to California, they have come under fire for returning home by private jet from Saturday’s concert, echoing bad press they received this summer before stepping down from royal duties.
british tabloid The sun reported that the couple flew a private Dassault Falcon 2000 plane from New York to California, creating around 17 tons of carbon.
The newspaper reported that an average UK resident creates less carbon over an entire year, at 12.7 tonnes, citing the green company Pawprint.
Meghan and Harry focused on vaccine fairness during their appearance, calling for a waiver of intellectual property rights on vaccines to allow poorer countries to produce them locally.
However, the concert itself had a broader environmental message with Global Citizen calling on rich nations to fund the poor in their fight against climate change.
Royal expert Penny Junor told the newspaper: “I think that’s hypocrisy. I’m sure there were a lot of scheduled flights.”
She added: “I don’t understand why they behave like they’re superstars. His father is known to take regular flights. His brother takes regular flights.
“It totally muddies the waters of their climate message. They are shooting themselves in the foot by taking private flights.”
The sun were not the only newspaper reporting the story after their coverage was widely picked up by other tabloids and also stablemate The temperature, the British daily newspaper of Rupert Murdoch.
The New York Post, now a regular reviewer of the couple, also covered the story – days after posting a headline about them that read, “Clue-free California Tourists Visit NYC.”
And the backlash echoes one of the last major rounds of negative blankets Harry and Meghan received before stepping down from royal duties in January 2020.
In the summer of 2019, Harry and Meghan came under fire for taking a series of private jets, including for a Google climate change conference in Sicily, for a vacation in Ibiza and for staying with Elton John in Nice.
A post on their former Sussex Royal Instagram account, published in July, read: “With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”
And Prince Harry had also recently said at the time that he was considering having only two children for the sake of the environment, even if Prince William has three.
Biography Find freedom recounts how Prince Harry regretted not following the advice of his assistant Sara Latham, who warned him that there could be a backlash on the jets.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: “A firestorm has erupted over the Prince’s so-called hypocrisy, apparently extolling the virtues of conservation while flying in gas-guzzling private jets. “
They added: “[Latham] had warned him of a potential media storm if he returned by private jet from Google Camp, which he flew to to preview [eco-tourism initiative] Worker. The serious prince was the first to admit he had made a mistake. “