Elton John Defends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Emotional Post: Why He Paid for Their Private Jet

All the haters coming at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for taking a private jet for their recent trip, step down. Elton John has something to say about the matter — defending the Sussexes and explaining that he provided the private plane.

Elton John defends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Elton John, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle | NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized for taking a private jet

It’s nearly impossible for Prince Harry and Markle to do much of anything without facing criticism and their latest trip definitely proved that.

The couple was accused of being hypocrites as they support environmental causes but were seen on a gas-guzzling jet. TV host Piers Morgan, of course, had something to say about their mode of transportation, tweeting: “Jeez… these two ‘eco-warriors’ are something else. Beyond parody.”

Labour Party MP Teresa Pearce shared that Prince Harry and Markle need to “lead by example” when it comes to environmental issues, telling The Sun on Sunday: “Given the position they have taken publicly about being responsible on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at. It’s up to all of us to cut our carbon emissions and the number of flights we take a year.”

She continued: “That is really important — and someone as high profile as that should lead by example. I find this quite surprising because it doesn’t fit with their public image and the way they’re so concerned about the planet and the environment.”

Similarly, Ken Wharfe, an ex-royal protection officer who guarded Princess Diana, told MailOnline: “Frankly it’s hypocritical. Harry can’t be preaching about the catastrophic effects of climate change while jetting around the world on a private plane.”

Elton John defends Prince Harry and Markle

Singer Elton John is defending the Sussexes and pointing out that, not only did he provide the private plane for their travels, but he also made a charitable contribution. He’d also like the media to step off from heckling the Sussexes.

John took to Instagram and Twitter to explain everything, noting: “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. 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.”

He continued: “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.”

The singer defended the couple and asked the press to back off, noting: “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.”