MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry found themselves at crossroads over the use of private jets and whichever decision they had taken would have harmed them, a royal expert told Express.co.uk.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘not above criticism’ says expert
Meghan and Prince Harry are being heavily criticised for having flown with their son in a private jet four times in 11 days, despite urging others to be environmentally conscious. Ahead of these private trips, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had faced a choice which would have seen them suffering consequences no matter their decision, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. He told Express.co.uk: “I think it is a dilemma.
“On official business such as trips abroad, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the host country pay, and obviously security is paramount.
“If you take a particularly high profile line on climate change the press highlight private jets if you use them, regardless of whether the carbon emissions are offset.
“The problem is that on their holidays Harry and Meghan will take Archie and want privacy.
“The only way you get that is going by chartered flights, there would be press greeting them as well as intrusive activity on the aircraft which would be unacceptable.
Meghan and Harry have been harshly criticised for flying using private jets (Image GETTY)
Meghan and Harry travelled to Ibiza to celebrate the Duchess’ birthday (Image GETTY)
“On this, they can’t win!”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to a six-day break to Ibiza, in Spain, on August 6, a trip celebrating Meghan’s 38th birthday.
And just days later, on Wednesday last week, they headed to Nice, in France, for a three-day visit to Elton John.
The pair have been ramping up their privacy demands following the birth of Archie, on May 6, and likely chose to travel using private jets so to avoid any harassment by photographers or interruptions from royal fans thrilled to see Meghan, Harry and Archie on a carrier flight.
Meghan and Harry had a three-day break in Nice (Image GETTY)
Close family friend and Rocketman singer Elton John weighed into the row yesterday, revealing he has been the one lending the private jet to the family-of-three to allow them to have a private and calm journey.
He wrote on Instagram and Twitter: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.
“Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends.
Meghan and Harry have urged people to become more environmentally conscious (Image GETTY)
Meghan and Prince Harry in Australia in autumn 2018 (Image GETTY)
“I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquillity of our home.
“To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.
The Royal Family’s line of succession (Image EXPRESS)
“To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.
“I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis.”
Meghan and Harry have been particularly outspoken about the importance of being environmentally conscious in the past months.
Elton John revealed he lent his private jet to the couple (Image GETTY)
In July, the pair dedicated their Instagram account, sussexroyal, to put the spotlight on charities and personalities actively working to tackle the consequences of climate change.
And at the end of that month, Prince Harry is believed to have travelled, with a private jet, to Sicily to attend the yearly Google Camp, a gathering attended by A-listers to discuss several topics, including climate change and politics.
There, the Duke of Sussex is said to have delivered a speech barefoot focused on the environment.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK