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Brighton Journal | 23rd January 2020

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex criticised for their private jet holiday

Duke and Duchess of Sussex criticised for their private jet holiday
Elizabeth Richardson

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have faced recent backlash in the media following their jet-set holiday. It has been revealed that the couple chose to take 4 different private jet journeys in just 11 days. Their destinations included Ibiza and Elton John’s holiday home in Nice.

The couple have been criticised due to their use of private planes despite their vocal stance on eco-awareness. The couple are both active advocates for action on climate change. In early July, Prince Harry expressed his concern for the current state of the climate:

Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth.

Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.

Private jets produce far more CO2 emissions than the average commercial plane. The Independent have recently found that an average commercial flight would produce about 108kg of CO2 emissions per passenger, in comparison to an average private jet’s 860kg per person.

Sir Elton John outwardly supported the couple’s holiday and labelled the press as “distorted and malicious”. The singer-songwriter released an emotional statement on social media yesterday:

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. 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.

Elton John has also claimed that he paid for their flights to be carbon offset in order “to support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment”.

Carbon offsetting allows passengers to pay a fee that compensates for their flight’s carbon emissions. The fee is then invested into environmentally-conscience projects such as tree planting and solar panel installations.

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