Eco-warrior Prince Harry called 'hypocrite' after using private jet to fly to POLO MATCH
Prince Harry took the two hour flight from Aspen, Colorado to Santa Barbara, California which could have emitted as much as ten tonnes of CO2
In July, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were branded environment "role models" after the couple announced they don't plan to have another child after Lilibet. UK-based charity Population Matters decided to give them an award for their "enlightened choice" that works well in the favor of the environment. However, Prince Harry's recent jet-setting activities have placed a question mark on the "role model" bit and he's tipping toward being dubbed as a "hypocrite". Harry recently took a flight from Aspen, Colorada where he played a charity polo match back to Santa Barbara and the two-hour flight could have emitted as much as ten tonnes of CO2.
Both Harry and Meghan had urged fans to "save the planet" and consider their carbon footprint days after the Royal Family's travel figures revealed how much carbon emission they were responsible for. "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," a post on their joint Instagram page read. The Duke and Duchess warned their followers about environmental issues, warnings of climate change, fossil fuel emissions, etc. They came under fire for the RF's business travels had resulted in 3,344 tonnes of CO2 emission compared to 1,686 in 2018 - a 98% increase.
"In the Instagram post, Prince Harry said, "Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary byproduct 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 action makes a difference," the post further read. "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," the post concluded.
'Hypocrite' Prince Harry
Prince Harry traveled aboard his friend Marc Ganzi's Gulfstream jet, a 20-seater $61M plane to travel from the polo match to his home. He was papped during touchdown in Santa Barbara after which he rushed into a car and headed back to his Montecito home. This trip comes three months after he said climate change was "one of the most pressing issues we are facing." In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV, Harry said, "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."
Royal author Tom Quinn weighed in after Harry's flight saying, "This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change. Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behavior isn't relevant. It is a huge blind spot." The Duke had earlier come under fire for taking four private flights in a span of 11 days including one to a climate change summit in Sicily, the irony!