Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been branded ‘eco-hypocrites’ after they flew on a private jet to a Katy Perry gig.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have been outspoken on environmental issues in the past, hitched a ride with other celebrities on a plane owned by Texan oil heir Michael Herd from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas.
They joined the likes of Cameron Diaz and her husbadn Benji Madden, as well as actress Zoe Saldana, on the Gulfstream jet on a 40 minute private flight to watch the final show of Perry’s Vegas residency.
Just hours later the Duke’s brother, Prince William, flew on on a commercial British Airways flight to Singapore for the Earthshot Prize awards, which celebrate winners for their contribution to environmentalism.
The move by Harry and Meghan has sparked accusations of hypocrisy, with the Duke having previously set up his charity Travalyst to promote sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticised for taking a private jet to a gig. Pictured: Meghan Markle stands at the Katy Perry show on Saturday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined other celebrities on a private plane co-owned by a Texan oil heir. Pictured: Harry and Meghan at the Katy Perry gig
The couple jetted out to see the final show of Katy Perry’s Las Vegas residency on Saturday, November 4
They flew on a Gulfstream jet (file photo) from Santa Barbara in California to Las Vegas in Nevada
One royal expert has suggested that Harry, who is still a patron of the charity, should ‘get the sack’ for the decision to fly privately.
Angela Levin told the Sun: ‘They think they have gotten so grand, they wouldn’t dream of taking a normal flight.
‘They’ve got all these rich friends to pay for it. It’s worse than ‘do as I say, not as I do’ because he’s a patron of a charity.
‘William was welcomed hugely in Singapore, which must have annoyed Harry and Meghan. This sort of behaviour is exactly why we call them eco-hypocrites.’
The couple had gone on a jet co-owned by Herd who along with his wife Whitney Wolfe – the billionaire founder of dating app Bumble – has grown close to the Sussexes in recent months.
The aircraft releases around 1.8 tonnes of CO2 every hour – nearly a quarter of the 7.4 tonnes the average Briton produces every year, the paper reports.
Under the terms of the Paris Agreement objective of keeping global warming below 2C, each person’s carbon budget should be no more than 2.1 tonnes per year
When contacted by the Sun about Harry and Meghan’s flight, Herd said they ‘just went to dinner and to see Katy’s last show. They’re nice people’, adding that he had no comment to make on criticism of the Sussexes’ private flight as ‘I’m not them’.
Harry helped launch Travalyst in 2019, a charity which ‘seeks to catalyse sustainability within the tourism industry’ and aims to help travellers ‘make informed decisions, learn what good looks like, and, ultimately, become more sustainable travellers’.
In one blog post on the charity’s website, it urges people to ‘consider greener transport options such as coaches, ferries or trains’ when travelling, and if going by plane to choose economy as it’s ‘more space-efficient than roomier options, which means your share of the flight’s carbon footprint is lower’.
MailOnline has contacted the Sussexes’ representatives for comment.
The Sussexes aren’t strangers to private jets either. In 2019 Harry and Meghan came under scrutiny for racking up four flights by private jet in the space of just 11 days, including one to Sir Elton John’s home in Nice.
Meghan Markle smiles at her friend during the Katy Perry concert
Meghan and Harry are seen ahead of the Perry concert. It appears Harry and Meghan love to attend music concerts for their date nights, after the couple – who are parents to Prince Archie, four and, Princess Lilibet, two – were filmed at a Beyoncé performance
Katy put on a fun bright show for the Duke and Duchess – having earlier this year performed for King Charles
Katy put on an incredible show as the wowed royals excitedly danced from their seats in Vegas
Harry and Meghan attending the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power at Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on May 16, 2023
Charles and Harry attending the Our Planet global premiere the at the Natural History Museum in London on April 4, 2019
Last month Harry and Meghan flew to the Caribbean on a private jet, just days after attending a conference discussing the impact of climate change on mental health.
The pair used a Dassault Falcon 7X jet to fly from New Jersey to Canouan after attending the summit in New York on October 10, and again for the four hour hop between the exclusive retreat and Atlanta, Georgia.
Harry has previously said that he takes commercial flights ’99 per cent of my life’, while implying that he sometimes uses private jets to ‘ensure my family are safe’.
It comes after it was reported Harry had turned down an invitation to his father King Charles’ landmark 75th birthday party.
The monarch is due to hold a celebration at Clarence House in London a week today to mark the significant milestone.
However, a spokesperson for the couple has insisted they have had no contact from Buckingham Palace about His Majesty’s 75th birthday.
The Sunday Times reported that Prince Harry turned down an invitation to the birthday bash, and instead will stay in California.
But a spokesperson for the couple told MailOnline that the couple were not ever contacted about the celebrations in the first place.
‘There has been no contact regarding an invitation to His Majesty’s upcoming birthday. It is disappointing the Sunday Times has misreported this story,’ they said.
A source close to the Sussexes told MailOnline that the pair were not invited to the plans, which they were completely unaware of.
‘They had not received any invitation and were unaware of any celebrations until the stories came out,’ the source said.
They added that the Sussexes would normally have been included in plans for significant events, despite the widening gap between themselves and the rest of the royal family.
‘In this case, they aren’t and that’s okay. I’m sure the Duke will find a way to reach out privately to wish His Majesty a happy birthday like he always done.’
‘The story in The Times as well as subsequent stories have been positioned in a way to make it look like the Duke is snubbing his father, which he is not.’