Elton John defends royals' private jet use amid climate change hypocrisy controversy

Lawrence Kim
August 20, 2019

On Aug. 19, Elton tweeted that he paid for a private jet to bring the family of three to France, and says that he ensured the Sussexes's journey was made carbon neutral by making a donation to the Carbon Footprint.

Prince William worries Meghan and Harry are acting "detrimentally to the monarchy", according to a royal expert. In recent days, blurred images snapped of the family disembarking a private aircraft were widely circulated online as Britain's Sun newspaper ran a story with the headline: "DUMBO JET: Eco-warriors' Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fly on private jet again to France after gas-guzzling Ibiza trip".

Despite the negative press, Buckingham Palace released the following statement at the time: "Members of the Royal Family are entitled to grant-in-aid for official travel, as are their staff and, where capacity permits, other officials".

John recalled his friendship with Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, in a series of tweets in which he appealed to the press to stop the nearly daily "relentless and untrue assassinations on their character".

The singer also highlighted the pair's "hard work and dedication to charity", insisting he and his husband David Furnish had wanted the couple to enjoy a private holiday with baby Archie.

"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight", he wrote.

The organization provides carbon offsetting services to negate harmful emissions.

The money is then invested in environmental projects - like planting trees or installing solar panels - which reduce carbon dioxide in the air by the same amount.

Sir Elton called on the press to stop the "relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an nearly daily basis".

However, coming to Harry and Meghan's defense is Elton John, who was a close friend of the former's mother Princess Diana. He also performed at Harry and Meghan's wedding reception in 2018.

On Monday, Harry and Meghan posted a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu urging their followers to overwhelm the world with "little bits" of good.

John delivered an emotional performance of his hit "Candle in the Wind" at Diana's funeral and has been a longtime ally to the family.

The Sussex's actions don't match their public image of being highly concerned about the planet and environment.

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