Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took part in a concert last weekend. The Sussexes took the opportunity to make a call to action on climate change. It was aboard a private Dassault Falcon 2000 jet that the royal couple then joined their £ 11million mansion in Montecito, California. Former minister Norman Baker told Newsweek: “It is utterly hypocritical of Prince Harry or other royals to lecture people about climate change as they broadcast over carbon that almost everyone on the planet “. “People who use private jets are among the top percent of the world’s carbon emitters,” he added.
Recall that on stage, Harry and Meghan also put pressure on the richest nations. In particular on their promise to pay 70 billion pounds per year to help the transition of developing countries. Yet the Sussexes face strong criticism over the heavy use of private flights. Also according to Baker, Harry and Meghan would have made 18 private jet trips in the 12 months between January 2019 and January 2020.
“This is hypocrisy …”
Over the past 2 years, Prince Harry and Meghan have reportedly taken more than 21 private jets. Yet a single private jet flight from New York to California produces 17 tonnes of carbon emissions. A person in the UK produces an average of 12.7 tonnes of carbon footprint per year, according to the green firm Pawprint.
“I really think it’s hypocrisy. I’m sure there were a lot of scheduled flights,” Royal author Penny Junor told The Sun. “I don’t understand why they behave like they’re superstars,” she added.
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