Prince Harry's name has dominated the headlines in recent days, but not for good reason. The Royal and his wife, Meghan Markle, were abused for using private jets after they spoke out on environmental issues and promised to reduce their carbon footprint. Now the British media have given Harry a new nickname and called him the "Carbon Footprince".
Learn about some of the brawls the couple received from critics who tried to defend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Four Private Jets in 11 Days
As activists for the environment, preserving and slowing down the effects of climate change, Prince and former actress thrilled fans and media alike boarded four private jets in 11 days. The choice of the Duke and Duchess, as they should travel with their little son Archie, met with great criticism, especially after the recent statements of the prince.
During an interview with nature conservationist Jane Goodall in the September issue of Vogue Magazine, Harry, who was hosted by Markle, talked about the need for everyone to reduce their carbon footprint.
"I always thought this place is on loan," said the prince. "And, of course, if we are as intelligent as we all are or how we are all evolved, we should be able to leave something better for the next generation."
Harry was also quoted as saying, "With nearly 7.7 billion people on this earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference."
Harry was named "Carbon Footprince" and "hypocrite"
The Duke also raised his eyebrows for just a few weeks when he was using both a few years ago Private jet as well as a helicopter to a Google summit on climate change in Sicily (Italy) flew. Since then, he and Markle have been accused of "not practicing what they preach," and Harry was referred to as the "Carbon Footprince."
Since then, they have been referred to as "hypocrites," as the Washington Post noted, "travel." The private jet liberates many times more carbon dioxide than purchasing an economy seat on a commercial flight. The average American is responsible for about 16 tons of CO2 emissions per year. That's three times the global average, but it's only a fraction of what private jets produce in a typical year. "
Look at that," said Labor MP Teresa Pearce. "It's up to us all to reduce our CO2 emissions and the number of flights we do each year, which is really important – and someone you know should lead by example, which I find quite surprising because it does not fit with their public image and the way they care about the planet and the environment. "
Elton John to the rescue?
After the backlash, Sir Elton John intervened to defend them and John said that he and his husband loaned the privately owned aircraft to the Royals so taxpayers' money was not used Musician also claimed the jet was using "carbon neutral fuel."
But that may have fallen on deaf ears when a few days later some future kings were seen flying commercial.
Prince William boarded with his wife Kate Middleton and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis flybelt to Scotland.
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