Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Meghan Markle news: Duchess and Harry slammed by Instagram users for climate change post | Royal | News

The couple visited the £15million palatial home of Castel Mont-Alban, owned by Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish. Sir Elton defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to fly in a private jet to and from his Nice mansion. He claimed to have paid for their holiday to stay “inside the safety and tranquillity of our home”.

But, in their Instagram post, shared to @SussexRoyal in the last hour, Meghan and Harry posted a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It read: “Do YOUR little bit of GOOD where YOU ARE; it’s THOSE LITTLE BITS of good put TOGETHER that OVERWHELM the WORLD.”

Within minutes of the post going live, a disgruntled Instagram followers were commenting furiously.

One said: “How about you do your little bit of good and stop taking flights on private jets?

“You’re becoming a laughing stock.”

Sir Elton, a close friend of Harry’s mother Princess Diana, said: “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.”

But environmentalists said the decision to fly privately could not be offset by Sir Elton’s donation to the sustainability website Carbon Footprint.

Paul Morozzo, Climate Campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “An airliner is over ten times as polluting as a modern train.

“Private jets are ten times more polluting still.

“It’s vitally important that all frequent fliers reduce the number of flights they take if we are to confront the climate emergency.”

Ken Wharfe, an ex-royal protection officer who guarded Princess Diana, said: “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.”

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