The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been active supporters of action on climate change, but the two recently boarded a jet owned by oil her Michael Herd for their trip to Las Vegas, according to the Sun.
The former royals took a 40-minute flight to see the ‘California Gurls” singer and her final show of her Las Vegas residency at Resorts World Theatre.
The move sparked outrage on social media as experts condemned the royals for being ‘hypocrites’ for flying private jets while encouraging the public to work on lowering their carbon emissions.
Talk TV host Kevin O’Sullivan quipped, “Saving the planet one Katy Perry concert at a time!”
Royal expert and biographer Angela Levin suggested that Harry should also “get the sack” for flying private.
“They think they have gotten so grand, they wouldn’t dream of taking a normal flight,” Levin told the outlet.
“They’ve got all these rich friends to pay for it. It’s worse than ‘do as I say, not as I do’ because he’s a patron of a charity.”
Just hours later, Harry’s brother and heir to the throne, Prince William, flew on a commercial British Airways flight to Singapore for the Earthshot Prize awards.
“William was welcomed hugely in Singapore, which must have annoyed Harry and Meghan. This sort of behavior is exactly why we call them eco-hypocrites,” Levin said.
The Gulfstream jet the couple flew on is co-owned by Herd and reportedly emits an estimated 2 tons of CO2 an hour – nearly a quarter of the 7.4 tons the average Brit produces every year.
When asked about the backlash against the Sussexes for their use of the private jet, the oil heir said, “I don’t have any comment, I’m not them.”
Also aboard the flight from Santa Barbara was Cameron Diaz, her husband Benji Madden, Zoe Saldana, Hollywood producer David Katzenberg, and billionaire and Bumble dating app founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, as well as her husband, Michael Herd.
This is not the first time the royal couple have caused issues when it comes to being labeled as ‘hypocrites.’
Last year, Harry delivered a speech warning the United Nations about the growing perils of climate change saying “our world is on fire again.”
“These historic weather events are no longer historic. More and more, they are part of our daily lives, and this crisis will only grow worse,” the double-talking dilettante said in a speech.
In an interview with Oprah, Harry also mentioned climate change as one of the ‘most pressing issues.’
“We need to do better about stopping or allowing the things that are causing so much harm to so many of us at the source, rather than being distracted by the symptom,” he said in a bombshell sit-down interview.
The last time the couple boarded a private jet happened to be in October on their romantic vacation on the island of Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines – just days after speaking out about climate change.
The duo was blasted for their trip for returning from Queen Elizabeth II’s four-day Platinum Jubilee celebration in a private jet.
The 5,500-mile trip from England to Santa Barbara was estimated to have nearly 60 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
In 2021, Harry also took a private jet home from his charity event in Apsen than fly the two-hour commercial flight to his home in Montecito, California.