The Duchess of Sussex jetted off again yesterday – but this time by regular passenger airliner.
Meghan Markle, who has faced criticism for using private jets with Prince Harry, flew to America as it emerged she declined the Queen’s invitation to Balmoral to support tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open instead. At first it was thought the last-minute decision was because her four-month-old son Archie was too young to travel to Scotland. The Queen was said to have been disappointed by the snub.
The Duchess travelled to New York to see Ms Williams play in the final today.
She will cheer on the 37-year-old when she plays Bianca Andreescu, 19, as she tries again to equal the all-time grand slam record.
Meghan, 38, also watched Williams at Wimbledon in July.
But it is Meghan’s first trip to the city since her baby shower in February, when she partied for five nights at a £57,000-a-night penthouse with her celebrity friends.
The party, which caused disquiet in Britain due to its eye-watering estimated total bill of £330,000, was hosted by Ms Williams and her long-standing friend Jessica Mulroney, 39.
Meghan first met Ms Williams at a Super Bowl party in 2010 and their friendship is thought to have quickly developed through frequent phone calls and texts.
Williams, who attended the Sussexes wedding in May 2018, said last year that she and Meghan had “known each other for a long time, but we really are relying on each other a lot recently”.
Meghan declined the Queen’s invitation to Balmoral (Image: Phil Harris/Daily Mirror and Max Mumby/Indigo)
The Duchess travelled to New York to see Ms Williams play in the final today (Image: Instagram)
The couple have been under fire for using private jets, despite starting eco-tourism project (Image: Dominic Lipinski/Getty)
But the choice of commercial jet for Meghan this time comes after the Sussexes were criticised when it emerged they took four private flights in just 11 days.
Prince Harry, 34, later defended their use arguing that “no one is perfect”, before claiming he would only fly on private jets to protect his family as he launched his eco-tourism project.
The Sussexes have also been under fire for the use of private flights after they previously claimed they will have a maximum of two children to avoid damaging the environment.
But a royal source admitted it “has not been lost” on the Duke that the criticism he has faced over his own travel could overshadow the campaign – the first for the new Sussex Foundation.
It was set up after the Sussexes split from their shared charity with Prince William and Kate amid rumours of a rift.
The Queen invites members of the Royal Family to join her during her two-month summer (Image: Max Mumby/Indigo)
The Queen invites members of the Royal Family to join her for a short spell during her two-month summer stay each year at Balmoral.
When Kate and William travelled they returned on a commercial flight.
They visited with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and even Sarah Ferguson attended the gathering.
Meghan’s pregnancy meant the couple did not visit last year either.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK