Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Can’t Seem to Stop Catching Flak Over Their Environmental Decisions

Ever since Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joined the royal family in 2018, she and Prince Harry have been criticized for practically everything they do. In particular, they can never seem to escape from criticism concerning their environmental decisions. The couple is known to be advocates for sustainable living, but onlookers often point out that they do not always practice what they preach.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were criticized last year for using private jets

In August 2019, Meghan and Harry took their son Archie to different cities. First, the family visited Queen Elizabeth at her summer home in Scotland. Then, they went to Ibizia, Spain, before heading to nice, France, for a short vacation at Elton John’s home.

Meghan and Harry ended up flying on private jets a total of four times in just 11 days. As a result, the environmentally-conscious couple was criticized left and right for their alleged hypocrisy.

Ken Wharfe, a former bodyguard for Princess Diana and her sons, even told Vanity Fair there was no reason for Meghan and Harry to fly private even if they were worried about the press.

“I never had a problem with Diana, William and Harry on the numerous holidays we took to the Caribbean,” Wharfe said. “We always flew commercial; in fact I don’t remember flying private.”

Meghan and Harry were also criticized for using a Range Rover on their tour of Africa

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A few months later, Meghan and Harry found themselves as the subject of criticism again on their tour of Africa. The couple traveled around in Range Rovers, which were shipped 10,000 miles from the U.K. to South Africa.

The British royal family has been using Range Rovers for many years now as they are known to be safe and secure vehicles. However, some critics saw Meghan and Harry as being unnecessary wasteful since there were many other cars they could have rented in African countries for their tour.

Meghan and Harry were recently slammed for riding a Cadillac in LA

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More recently, Meghan and Harry’s transportation choices came under fire again after they were spotted riding a Cadillac SUV in Los Angeles.

Many social media could not help but point out the hypocrisy in Meghan and Harry’s actions. One person wrote, “Do as I say, not as I do. Silly you for thinking [Harry] was going to lead by example.”

Meanwhile, another person joked, seemingly referencing Meghan and Harry’s video about colonialism, “This will get uncomfortable. We need to talk about the environment & how you plebs are destroying it with your once a year holiday. We need to talk about equality while we live in our borrowed $18m mansion & exploit our ‘privilege’ every day.”

Harry once defended his use of gas-guzzling transportation

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Today, during the launch event of the new global initiative ‘Travalyst’, The Duke of Sussex shared his remarks on the exciting new initiative from Amsterdam. #Travalyst, an initiative led by The Duke and founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, sees a pressing need for increased collaboration to make sustainability a priority across our entire travel experience – and we believe that collective, collaborative action will be critical to achieve this. The travel and tourism sector is constantly growing and contributes a significant impact to the world we live in today. The Duke sees it as one of the worlds biggest problems but believes this partnership can make it one its greatest solutions: • – 1.8 Billion trips will be made annually by 2030, and since 2000, the number of trips taken around the world has more than doubled – 71% of global travellers think travel companies should offer more sustainable options – $8.8 Trillion was generated to the global economy from travel and tourism last year – 57% of all international trips by 2030 will include emerging market destinations We plan to work closely with local communities and providers, leveraging technology to help scale sustainable supply to meet the growing mass-market demand from consumers – ultimately, making sustainable travel options of all kinds easier for consumers to identify, book and enjoy. Click our link in bio to read The Duke of Sussex full speech from today Photo ©️ SussexRoyal

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Harry has spoken out once in defense of his family’s use of gas-guzzling transportation. In 2019, he explained his family’s decision to fly private at an event for his initiative Travelyst.

“I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial,” Harry said, as reported by Page Six. “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe.”

He also noted he has “always offset my CO2,” though he did not go into details about how he achieves this.