A royal commentator claims there is a “chasm” between Prince Harry’s words and actions after his private jet trip – with the duke “doomed” in his mission to become a global leader.
Harry reportedly hopped on a 20-seater £45 million plane from a polo match in Aspen, Colorado, to his home in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday, August 19.
He took the two-hour flight, which could have emitted as much as 10 tonnes of CO2, shortly after he was pictured on horseback at the polo.
The Gulfstream jet is understood to belong to one of Harry's polo friends, Marc Ganzi, according toThe Sun.
Harry is a prominent climate change campaigner, and called it one of “the most pressing issues we are facing” in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Royal commentator Daniela Elser believes he’s got a lot of work to do.
She wrote in news.com.au: “Once news of his Aspen journey broke, so too did another round of pundits and people on social media wagging their fingers at him and hurling around the word ‘hypocrite’. (Unfortunately for him, ‘hypocrite Harry’ is just too deliciously alliterative.)
“Despite warning just three months ago that climate change was one of the “most pressing issues” the world is facing, despite terrifying fires still blazing in the Pacific Northwest and despite a terrifying ‘heat dome’ descending on parts of the US recently, Harry chose the gas guzzling-but-glamorous private jet option.
“There is a certain symmetry here given this month marks two years since Harry’s penchant for private travel first landed him in hot water.”
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In 2019, he and Meghan Markle were criticised after several private jets trips.
At the time, Harry insisted that he typically took commercial flights.
He said: “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe.”
Daniela went on: “No one is going to truly buy into what they are trying to sell, so to speak, unless they walk the walk themselves.
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“Damning polling out this week found that 53.8% of Brits and 52.3% of Americans surveyed thought that Harry and Meghan ‘should stay out of publicly commenting on world affairs’.
“Until their real world choices align with their rhetoric then they will continue to fail to truly become the public figures they seem to aspire to be.”
She said Harry will be “doomed in his quest to become a global leader until he starts walking the walk”.
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