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Prince Harry has been criticised for boarding a £45million private jet to play in a polo match, despite making public statements on the climate change crisis. A royal expert stated that although she felt Prince Harry had been “targeted” for this behaviour, he “needs to do better” in order for him and Meghan Markle to continue their environmental work.
Roberta Fiorito told the podcast Royally Obsessed: “I do think celebrities take too many private planes and private jets and I think if you are an environmentalist, you should practice what you preach.
“At the same time, it feels like Harry gets targeted for this stuff all the time, there was a news story today that Prince Andrew took 3 SUVs to Balmoral and from Balmoral, so why does he need 3 private cars in addition to his security?
“I do think that Harry needs to be better about that.”
Prince Harry took the 2-hour flight to Aspen, Colorado in order to compete in a charity polo match to raise funds for his charity Sentebale.
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The Duke of Sussex had established the charity in 2006 to provide support for vulnerable children in Lesotho.
Prince Harry recently announced that he would be donating $1.5million from the proceeds of his memoir to the charity.
The charity polo match was the Duke’s first public appearance since the birth of his daughter Lilibet Diana.
After competing in the tournament, he flew back to California on the 20-seater Gulfstream jet, which is reportedly owned by his friend, Marc Ganzi.
He has been branded a “hypocrite” by several media commentators, after his recent comments on the climate change emergency.
Private jets are up to 14 times as polluting as commercial flights and can emit as much as two tonnes of carbon dioxide in an hour.
Prince Harry has often voiced his concern on global warming, telling Oprah Winfrey: “With kids growing up in today’s world, pretty depressing, right, depending on where you live, your home country is either on fire, it’s either underwater, houses or forests are being flattened.”
He also said: “I know lots of people out there are doing as best they can to try and fix these issues – but that whole sort of analogy of walking into the bathroom with a mop when the bath is over-flooding, rather than just turning the tap off.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have previously attracted criticism for their use of private jets, after taking making four private flights in the space of 11 days during 2019.
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The private flights included a trip to Nice to stay with family friend Elton John. The acclaimed singer later defended the couple and said that he had provided them with the flight.
Prince Harry later established the organisation Travalyst, which promotes eco-tourism and sustainable travel.
Speaking of his private jet use, the Duke said: “I spend 99 percent of my life travelling the world by commercial.
“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe – it’s generally as simple as that.”
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