Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Meghan Markle news: How Princess Anne ‘revealed key motivation’ behind decision | Royal | News

In less than two weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to Ibiza and Nice with four luxury private jets. The move sparked huge controversy as critics argue their actions contradict their public stance on climate change. Aviation is one of the world’s major polluters and responsible for more than two percent of global emissions, while the environmental footprint of a private plane is also much greater than that of a commercial plane.

Many celebrities have defended the couple, including legendary musician Sir Elton John, who yesterday denied on Twitter the “malicious” rumours surrounding Meghan, Harry and baby Archie’s trip to his French estate, saying that he provided the family with the aircraft out of safety and privacy concerns.

Additionally, Sir Elton insisted that he complied with the couple’s eco-conscious platform by ensuring their flight was carbon neutral.

Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist warned that the musician’s contribution to offsetting their carbon footprint was “no solution” to the couple’s aviation emissions, but Sir Elton’s concerns about their safety might have been justified.

In a newly-resurfaced interview, Princess Anne, may have revealed the real reason that might be behind the Sussex’s polluting way of travel.

The Princess Royal was interviewed in 1985 by legendary chat show host Michael Parkinson – where he probed her about the infamous kidnapping attempt on her in 1974.

In resurfaced footage that could be seen as profoundly prophetic today, she recalls the real dangers members of the Royal Family face, especially when subjected to intense media scrutiny.

The journalist asked her: “Is it much more risky nowadays being in your position than it was?”

Princess Anne replied: “I doubt it.

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On March 20, 1974, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace from a charity event on Pall Mall, when their car was forced to stop by a Ford Escort.

The driver of the Escort, Ian Ball, jumped out and began firing a pistol.

Anne’s personal police officer and chauffeur immediately responded and eventually Ball was disarmed.

Ball pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act at Broadmoor.

The incident was the closest in modern times that any individual has come to kidnapping a member of the Royal Family, and understandably prompted higher security levels.

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