MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are being hit by a massive backlash over their use of private jets more than Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William ever did partly because of the Duke of Sussex’ “controversial” comments published on Vogue, a royal expert told Express.co.uk.
Kate and Prince Williams have been spotted using private jets and helicopters to move across the UK more than once. But they have never been hit by a country-wide criticism like it is happening at the moment to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry.
According to a royal expert, every move made by the Sussexes is being analysed under the microscope by the British public and commentators because of Prince Harry’s comments over how many children they would like to have and the couple’s appeals over the environment.
Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “William and Kate’s mode of travel has attracted little attention, excluding his outrageous behaviour when he landed a helicopter in Kate’s back garden in 2008!
“The interview Harry gave in Vogue which Meghan guest edited saying that they would have a maximum of two children to help save the planet, was highly controversial.
“Some saw it as s dig at Kate who has had three.
“It’s directly led to all this criticism.”
Prince Harry said he isn’t planning to have more than two children (Image GETTY)
The pair has travelled with private jets four times in 11 days (Image GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan have been accused of “hypocrisy” by some commentators and members of the public for travelling four times in 11 days with a private jet after having pleaded their Instagram followers to become more environmentally conscious.
And in a conversation with conservationist Dr Jane Goodall published on the September issue of British Vogue co-edited by Meghan, Prince Harry revealed the couple isn’t planning to have more than two children to protect planet earth’s resources and tackle overpopulation.
This comment may have “annoyed” Kate and William, according to another royal commentator, Robert Jobson, as they have three children.
Prince William landed a RAF helicopter in the Middletons’ backyard in 2008 (Image GETTY)
And it has surely upset several royal fans, with some urging Meghan and Harry to travel the way they want but stop “preaching”.
One voters in a Express.co.uk poll said: “Do whatever but quit bringing politics and climate change up. Quit preaching to us.
“Just do your duty like Her Majesty has so perfectly. Follow her example.
“Look to HER instead of the Hollywood crowd. You are not actors.”
Kate and Prince William getting on a private jet (Image GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have urged people to become more environmentally conscious (Image GETTY)
In 2008, Prince William was harshly criticised for landing a multi-million pound Chinook helicopter in the backyard of the Middletons’ household.
At the time he took this decision, Prince William was completing his pilot training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
The short trip saw the second-in-line to the throne flying 16 miles from RAF Odiham to the Kate’s home.
This hasn’t been the only scandal Prince William was involved in, as just a week before, the prince “dragged into a row” his brother Harry.
The princes flown to the Isle of Wight to attend their cousin Peter Phillips’ stag do party using an RAF aircraft in April 2008.
The trip, not authorised by the Army, cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds, and sparked outrage when news of it came to light.
The cost of transporting members of the Royal Family around the world between 2018 and 2019 (Image EXPRESS)
In that case, a senior royal source told biographer Duncan Larcombe Harry was only partially to blame for the row.
The unnamed source said, as reported in Prince Harry: The Inside Story: “It was felt that any criticism of Harry was unfair and William was very sorry that his brother had been dragged into the row.”
The source added the brothers, and in particularly Prince William, learnt from this mistake.
They said: “It was an unfortunate episode, a silly own goal that could and should have been avoided.
Prince Harry and Prince William attended their cousin’s stag do in 2008 (Image GETTY)
“It is unlike William to make such errors of judgement but it really did cause a fuss at the time.
“The reality is the boys should have travelled to the stag weekend by road because the risk of the story getting out was too great.
“The episode was a learning curve for William and as he went on to earn his RAF wings it was a mistake he never repeated.”
Following the scandal, Clarence House issued an apology on behalf of Prince William.
The palace said: “Prince William accepts that the sorties were naive and accepts his share of the responsibility for what happened.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK