Royal Fans Slam Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Secret Ibiza Trip, Calling Them ‘Hypocrites’ for Using Private Jet

We’re pretty sure there was a flight available out of Heathrow?

Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle packed up baby Archie and jetted off to Ibiza to celebrate Markle’s 38th birthday in style. No one is begrudging the new parents taking the trip — after a whirlwind year of charity events and speaking engagements, it’s clear that these two deserve a vacation. The part everyone takes issue with is how the Duke of Sussex is lecturing on climate change while using a private jet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Rick Rycroft/AFP/Getty Images

For their family trip to Ibiza, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle once again hopped aboard a friend’s private plane rather than flying commercial (which the royal family is known to do). It’s reportedly the same plane Meghan Markle used while flying to her American baby shower earlier this year.

The whole thing has critics saying the Duke of Sussex is acting like a massive hypocrite.

Prince Harry just lectured everyone on reducing their carbon footprints

His timing couldn’t possibly be worse. Mere weeks after Prince Harry met with famed primatologist and climate change awareness advocate Jane Goodall, the Duke of Sussex got caught wasting massive amounts of fossil fuels. Later, he appeared barefoot and urged the public to “take action” at an event he had arrived at via private jet (again).

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Today, The Duke of Sussex met with young people doing ground-breaking work in their communities as part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership gathering. Started in 1991 by world renowned ethologist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, with just 12 high school students in Tanzania, Roots & Shoots brings together young people from around the world who are leading projects in their communities to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Today @RootsAndShoots has over 150,000 groups in over 50 countries – the collective power of these young people is limitless. His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centred approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day. As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach, for July we turned our attention to following accounts featuring the environment. @JaneGoodallInst, founder of Roots & Shoots, is one of those selected profiles, having dedicated her life’s work to bettering our environment and world. To learn more, visit @RootsAndShoots. Photo©️ PA images

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During his meeting with Goodall, Prince Harry admitted that he had real concerns about the future of the planet, especially now that he’s a father. He told her that he and Meghan were doing their part to control population growth by limiting their family to “two children, maximum” — a comment which likely annoyed his older brother Prince William, who already has three kids.

Princess Diana used to fly commercial with her kids

The former royal protection officer in charge of Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry had opinions about Prince Harry flying on private jets. According to Ken Wharfe, that type of behavior isn’t necessary — even for a royal.

“During my time at the palace most of the flights we took were commercial on British Airways, the national carrier,” Wharfe explained to Vanity Fair. “BA were always very helpful with VIP departures and keeping the flights out of the press. I never had a problem with Diana, William, and Harry on the numerous holidays we took to the Caribbean.”

“We always flew commercial; in fact I don’t remember flying private,” he continued. “It’s no guarantee that the security is any better. You’re better off with BA security because they’re used to working with VIPs.”

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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Everyone is calling Prince Harry a huge hypocrite

Critics of the royal family are having a field day with Prince Harry’s frequent private plane usage. But even fans are questioning how he’s justifying actions that don’t line up with what he’s saying.

Wharfe had some strong words. “Frankly it is hypocritical. Harry can’t be preaching about the catastrophic effects of climate change whilst jetting around the world on a private plane. It’s all well and good standing up and preaching but I think the public will see this as hypocritical. Why put another plane in the air when you could go commercial?” he queried.

Maybe next time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hop aboard British Airways and spare themselves the criticism!