Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted boarding a commercial plane to Scotland Thursday while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle came under fire for chartering a private jet on vacation.
— Christin Zi (@PackhamGown) August 22, 2019
According to Yahoo News, little attention was paid at the moment to William and Middleton boarding the plane, but people the world over still took notice.
Other members of the royal family have come under criticism for showcasing hypocrisy on the issue of climate change. Harry and Markle garnered criticism earlier this week after it was revealed the two took a private jet to Elton John’s vacation home in Nice, France. Harry and Markle are both been outspoken climate activists who have even pledged not have more than two kids out of fears of global sustainability.
According to The Daily Mail, Harry and Markle have been on four private jets in the last two weeks, resulting in a firestorm of criticism in the British press. Katie Nicholl, a close friend of the royal family’s, told Vanity Fair that Markle, who doesn’t read the tabloids, is aware of the controversy about her luxury travel but remains unconcerned about the attacks from the press.
“She’s moving on and riding above the storm,” Nicholl told the magazine. “She’s not wasting time or energy on the row over the private jets.”
On Monday, John came to the royal couple’s defense on Twitter, saying he was “deeply distressed” by the criticisms levied against the two and noting that John paid for their private air travel.
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. pic.twitter.com/WjVRDSMX0z
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019
“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 tranquility of our home,” John tweeted. “To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.”