Hypocrisy! Harry and Meghan slammed over £160k private flight using 10 times more carbon

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Britain before the Jubilee was over and with little fanfare, sparking rumours that they were feeling the tension between them and the rest of the Royal family. Prince Harry was spotted looking pensive as they landed in California after the couple had attended their first outing at a major Royal event for two years. But the couple have now come under fire for taking a £160,000 private jet back home rather than flying commercial.

Chartered flight provider Paramount Business Jets estimate the return journey will have emitted nearly 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Paris climate agreement stated that to keep global warming “well below” 2 degrees, each person’s annual carbon budget should be no more than 2.1 tonnes per year.

This means the Sussexes exceeded this amount by nearly 30 times in a single flight.

The move particularly stings due to the couple’s campaigning for climate change action.

Prince Harry has described climate change as one of the “most pressing issues we are facing”.

He told Oprah Winfrey in May last year: “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.”

Earlier this year, the couple launched a new eco-travel project which would see holidaymakers “rated” on their green credentials.

The duke flew by private jet last year on a flight from Aspen to California after a charity polo match, but has previously said while he nearly always flies commercial, “unique circumstances” occasionally prevent this.

Royal expert Tom Quinn accused the Sussexes of “enormous hypocrisy” after details of the flight emerged.

The author told The Times: “They pontificate about helping people and the planet and then they take private jets.

“They tell people to look after the environment and then they don’t look after the environment themselves. It’s enormously hypocritical.”

The journey from London to Santa Barbara is roughly 5,500 miles, and takes over 11 hours.

According to climate consultancy Cube6, a commercial flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles by economy class emits 1.4 tonnes of carbon.

If their two children flew with them, the Sussexes’ private flight polluted ten times more than if they had taken a commercial flight.

The pair have in the past committed to offsetting their carbon emissions for all their flights.

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To offset a private jet flight from Farnborough to California it would cost them £669, according to climate organisation Cotap.

Mr Quinn added their plane, a Bombardier 6000, was a “Russian oligarch kind of jet” for people who “just don’t care”.

He added it is “almost like sticking two fingers up at the environmental lobby”.

The Bombardier is an “ultra-long range” 13-passenger private jet which features its own “private stateroom”, including a flatbed, and can travel over 6,000 miles without stopping.

Royal family members typically use the specially-made RAF VIP Voyager jet to travel around the world in an official capacity, although members have been known to take both private and budget airlines.

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