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Elton John blasts ‘relentless character assassination’ of Harry and Meghan

Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres spoke out in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media.

The veteran pop star did his royal pals the Duke and Duchess of Sussex no favours when he publicly defended their right to fly in a private jet last week.

APBritains Prince Harry greets Elton John after the Royal Variety Performance at the Albert Hall in London in
APBritains Prince Harry greets Elton John after the Royal Variety Performance at the Albert Hall in London in

On Tuesday Sir Elton, who is not one to mince his words, took to Twitter to stick up for the royals after they copped a deluge of criticism for taking a private jet to the French Riviera.

Soon after his tweet, fellow famous multi-millionaires Ellen Degeneres and Pink also threw their 10 cents in, defending the Sussexes.PlayMuteCurrent Time0:05/Duration Time1:40Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% Fullscreen

The royal pair, who have cultivated an eco-friendly public image and talked at length about their green ambitions, were criticised by the British press for using a private jet on a “gas guzzling” flight to Sir Elton’s holiday home.

This prompted Sir Elton to reveal it was he, not taxpayers, who paid for their trip to Nice in the south of France.

Sir Elton claimed the couple deserved a private holiday after their “hectic year continuing their hard work” and said they had to fly privately for their own safety. He also added that the flight was “carbon neutral” because he had purchased the appropriate amount of green credit points to offset the emissions the jet trip created.

It all went down like a lead balloon.

Within minutes thousands of Twitter users were chiming in poking fun at Sir Elton, the vast majority suggesting the pop star was out of step with how the other half live in the “real” world.

CHRIS JACKSON GETTYSir Elton John arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Meghan Markle at St Georges Chapel Windsor Castle on May in Windsor England
CHRIS JACKSON GETTYSir Elton John arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Meghan Markle at St Georges Chapel Windsor Castle on May in Windsor England

As one nurse replied to Sir Elton: “They dont know what the word ‘hectic’ means. 12 hr shifts in a busy A&E day in and day out is ‘hectic’ not going round shaking hands and collecting flowers.”

But seriously, can you imagine if the Sussexes took a budget airline with the kids?

The sight of a bedraggled Meghan and Harry covered in baby vomit waiting for the Bugaboo to come off the Jetstar baggage carousel is not one we would expect – nor demand – of the glittering and glamorous royals.

CHRIS JACKSON GETTYPrince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex attend The Lion Kings European Premiere
CHRIS JACKSON GETTYPrince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex attend The Lion Kings European Premiere

It is a fine balance the Sussexes are trying to strike: appearing to be “normal” while maintaining the mystique of royalty.

The royals pay a hefty price for their privilege, including that they are open to criticism and pillorying from their subjects.

It’s one of the reasons they have survived into the modern age.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALDThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex getting up close with a koala during their tour of Australia
SYDNEY MORNING HERALDThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex getting up close with a koala during their tour of Australia

Indeed the royals have a long history of making embarrassing gaffes which simply highlight just how different their lives are from the rest of ours.

Who could forget the time in 2005 when over 50 journalists gathered at Klosters, a Swiss ski resort, for a photo call marking Prince Charles’ imminent wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles?

During the shoot, Charles couldn’t hide his contempt for having his time on the slopes interrupted.

“I hate doing this … I hate these people,” he muttered to his sons Harry and William, unaware that his microphone was picking up every word.

On Christmas Day 2000, a 75-year-old pensioner named Mary Halfpenny sparked a royal scandal after she spent three hours making a flower display for the Queen Mother, then waited patiently outside a church on Sandringham Estate.

But instead of the Queen Mother it was Prince Anne who had the misfortune of crossing Mary’s path, reportedly telling the elderly lady: “What a ridiculous thing to do!”

Halfpenny was so upset she spilled the beans to the press: “It was a really hurtful thing to say. I’ve made baskets of flowers for the Queen, and she has always said how nice they are.”

GREENPrincess Margaret is greeted by former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam and his wife on October
GREENPrincess Margaret is greeted by former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam and his wife on October

Royal biographer, the late Tim Heald, wrote in his 2007 book Princess Margaret: A Life Unravelled, about some of the highs – and lows – of her Australian tour in 1975.

“There was also a ticklish occasion when the Princess mulishly told Anne Tennant, her lady-in-waiting, that she was not, as scheduled, going to step on to Bondi Beach, meet the lifeguards and see them demonstrate traditional and modern methods of life-saving.

“Lady Anne, who had been prepared for trouble, said that she really felt the Princess ought to, because to be seen to be snubbing the lifeguards could be construed as a dreadful insult to the Australian nation.

“The Princess insisted and explained that she was wearing the wrong sort of shoes, and the one thing she couldn’t stand was getting sand between her toes.

GARETH FULLER APPrincess Anne arrives at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle
GARETH FULLER APPrincess Anne arrives at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle

With an air of triumph, Lady Anne said she just happened to have a pair of flat shoes in a bag with her. Princess Margaret conceded defeat and stepped on to the beach.”

Sand between your toes, can you imagine?

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