Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Slammed for Using Private Jet after Urging Supporters to do 'Good'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face backlash after posting an inspirational quote in the midst of public criticisms of the environmental costs of a private jet they recently boarded.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revamped their Instagram page by deleting their followers in favor of promoting important social causes. They released a statement on Instagram explaining their aim; to use their platform for social awareness, saying:
"Each month, we change the accounts we follow to highlight various causes, people or organisations doing amazing things for their communities and the world at large."
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For the month of August we look to you for help. We want to know who YOUR Force for Change is.... Each month, we change the accounts we follow to highlight various causes, people or organisations doing amazing things for their communities and the world at large. Over the next few days please add your suggestions into the comments section: someone you look up to, the organisation doing amazing work that we should all be following, an account that inspires you to be and do better (or that simply makes you feel good), or the handle that brims with optimism for a brighter tomorrow. We will choose 15 accounts and follow them next Monday, as we spend the month of August acknowledging the Forces for Change in all of our lives.
Harry and Meghan have been known to bond over their love for wildlife and it is no surprise that they have given their support towards helping to address environmental issues. In July they focused on the environmental damage, sharing part of a quote from Harry, he says:
“Only now are we staring 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.”
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As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach to shine a light on the accounts that are working towards positive change, for the month of July we turn our attention to the environment. There is a ticking clock to protect our planet - with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home - for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part. Quote from The Duke of Sussex: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet. 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.” *********************************************************** Please visit the accounts we are following this month for more details on how you can make great change and help save our planet. We can only do this together, and every little bit helps. 🌏 All photos included are from the above accounts
Speaking of footprints, the couple's latest vacation to Ibiza and the French Riviera, with their three-month-old son, Archie, left a significant carbon footprint.
According to Daily Mail, the two trips they took on a private jet are estimated to have had a carbon footprint of almost 7 tons combined. This is compared to the 13 tons accumulated by the average British traveler, every year.
Media has been critical of their use of a private jet. However, the young royals have not responded to the latest backlash. Their Instagram page simply featured an inspirational quote by anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, it read:
"Do YOUR little bit of GOOD where YOU ARE; it's THOSE LITTLE BITS of good put TOGETHER that OVERWHELM the WORLD."
Followers on their page have spoken out to criticism the royal family for using an environmentally damaging means of travel.
Harry and Meghan also have many people supporting them and coming to their defense. Celebrity friends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, and Elton John have taken to social media to speak out against all the backlash.
I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.— P!nk (@Pink) August 20, 2019
To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™.— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019
Despite the backlash surrounding the use of a private jet, the couple still has many engagements across the world that they will need to attend to.
PEOPLE reports, the couple will join Queen Elizabeth for holiday at Balmoral Castle. Harry and Meghan are also scheduled to make their first official international engagement when they travel to Africa.