PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle have recently come under fire for their petrol-guzzling black Cadillac Escalade they were spotted with in Beverly Hills but the discovery is even more galling considering Harry’s comments about climate change.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s SUV has a six-litre engine and is believed to cost around £80,000. Online reviews have called the low-miles-per-gallon vehicle about as far from environmentally friendly as a car owner can get, according to the Daily Mail. It is somewhat unbelievable, therefore, that Harry did a speech last year in which he insisted “we can all do better” when it came to individual choices around saving the environment.
The couple have previously been criticised for their use of private jets despite setting an eco-friendly agenda.
For example, back in September 2019, Harry launched Travalyst, a new global initiative aimed at encouraging more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel.
Backed by giants of the industry like Skyskanner, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Visa, the project aims to support local communities, protect wildlife, tackle climate change and alleviate over-tourism.
In his speech, Harry said: “I’ve learned that we cannot dismiss the idea of trying to do something, just because we can’t do everything.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are driving a Cadillac SUV (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry giving his Travelyst speech (Image: GETTY)
“We can all do better. And while no one is perfect, we are all responsible for our own individual impact; the question is what we do to balance it out.”
Yet, Harry and Meghan have themselves been criticised for their own environmentally-unfriendly habits.
Just weeks before the prince launched his initiative it was revealed he and Meghan had flown on four private planes in 11 days.
Sir Elton John revealed he paid for the Duke and Duchess to travel by private jet to his home in Nice, France.
Meghan and Harry wave as they board a plane (Image: GETTY)
Harry defended this decision, insisting that the use of private jets was to ensure the safety of his family.
He said: “I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial.
“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on unique circumstances to ensure my family is safe.
“It’s genuinely as simple as that. What it is about is balance.
Meghan and Harry arriving at Windsor in their Range Rover (Image: GETTY)
“If I have to do that ‒ it’s not a decision that I would want to take ‒ but if I have to do that then I would ensure, as I have done previously and I will continue to do, is to balance out that impact that I have.
“I have always offset my CO2.”
However, they have also been known to do things like fly their own Range Rover to Africa for their tour last year.
A fleet of five Land Rovers for the security detail were also flown to Africa by Jaguar Land Rover Company, the makers of the Range Rover.
This was seen as an egregious excess, as there are many fantastic cars they could have rented in Africa.
The pictures of the Duke and Duchess with their new car in Los Angeles, taken by the Daily Mail this week, showed the couple wearing face masks and summer clothing.
Meghan, 38, donned a white dress and brimmed hat, while Harry was wearing a cap grey polo shirt and jeans.
They were standing nearby the car waiting for the valet to return their vehicle.
The couple were out and about in their new home of Los Angeles, California, Meghan’s hometown.
The car Meghan and Harry drove in Fiji had a very special number plate (Image: GETTY)
Despite their own individual habits, Harry and Meghan have not stopped their eco-crusade.
Just last week, the couple were speaking about the environment again in a video condemning racial injustice.
They encouraged Britain to “promote prosperity, democracy and peace, amplify the voices of small states, and protect the environment”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK