MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are at the centre controversy over their use of luxury private jets – but, as royal watchers condemn or defend the couple, a newly-resurfaced report reveals that Kate Middleton refused an opportunity to upgrade her airline ticket to first class when she flew to the Caribbean in 2008.
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Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took four journeys on a private jet within 11 days. They first travelled to Ibiza to celebrate Meghan’s 38th birthday and then flew to Nice and stayed at Sir Elton John’s house. The move sparked huge criticism, as the royal duo has often spoken out about climate change and the need to protect the environment.
In July, a post on their Instagram page read: “With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”
Sir Elton defended their use of jets, writing on Twitter that he is “deeply distressed” by the criticism and paid to carbon offset their journey to France.
As royal watchers continue to either defend or hit out at the couple, a newly-resurfaced report reveals “down-to-earth” Kate Middleton refused an opportunity to upgrade her airline ticket to first class when she flew to the Caribbean. Promoted Story
According to a 2008 report by the Daily Telegraph, the now Duchess of Cambridge was travelling to the island of Mustique in the Grenadines for a holiday with Prince William.
Kate Middleton refused an opportunity to upgrade her airline ticket to first class (Image GETTY)
Meghan and Harry took four private jets in 11 days (Image GETTY)
When asked by British Airways cabin crew if she would have liked to travel first class for free, Kate refused and reportedly insisted on being treated like a normal passenger.
She told the crew: “Please call me Kate.”
A British Airways source told the publication at the time: “She may be dating the future king but she’s so down-to-earth.
“It’s the first time we have had a passenger turn down the chance of an upgrade.”
Kate and William travelled to Los Angeles with British Airways (Image GETTY)
Even after marrying into the Royal Family, the Duchess does not seem to have changed her mentality and keeps flying commercial wherever she can.
In 2013, she travelled with her six-month-old baby, Prince George, on a British Airways flight to St Lucia.
In 2016, she flew again with British Airways from London to Rotterdam for her first solo trip.
Bodyguards reportedly escorted her on the plane for the 50-minute flight, where she sat in the front row.
A BA source claimed Kate is “down-to-earth” (Image GETTY)
People on the plane grabbed immediately grabbed their phones and snapped pictures of her.
The only perk she received was to be escorted off the plane first, once it landed, a “couple of minutes” before the other passengers.
Earlier today, an Express.co.uk poll urged the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stop “preaching” about being environmentally conscious.
The Queen and the immediate heirs to the throne are the only members of the Royal Family who should be allowed to use private jets for their trips, the majority of voters in a survey carried out by Express.co.uk said.
The cost of transporting the Royal Family (Image DX)
The poll, taken between August 19 and 20 by 4,262 people, saw 1,488 voters agreeing that only the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William should be allowed to travel with private aircraft.
However, the question asked by Express.co.uk, “should Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and other royals use private jets for travel?” split voters, with as many as 1,201 believing no member of the Royal Family should travel with private jets.
Some 854 people believe only the Queen and Prince Philip should fly using private jets.
While as many as 569 people believe all the working members of the Royal Family must have access to private aircraft.
Kate flew with George on a BA flight to the Caribbean (Image GETTY)
Source: EXPRESS CO UK