Prince Harry took private jets for half of 10 trips despite 99% commercial claim

Prince Harry took private jets for half of 10 known trips abroad in a year- despite claiming 99% of flights he takes are with commercial airlines.

The Duke, outspoken on our duty to cut carbon emissions, was recently criticised after being pictured with wife Meghan and son Archie boarding a private jet to Nice last month.

Now, analysis of his year of travel has revealed five of 10 trips taken by Harry were made on private flights, with Meghan also taking one solo private jet to her baby shower in New York.

More recently, Harry took a commercial flight to speak in Amsterdam to promote Travalyst, a scheme advocating for environmentally-friendly tourism.

Speaking at the event, Harry discussed the importance of offsetting our Co2 emissions, revealing everyone can "do better".

While he did not apologise for his private flight for a holiday in the south of France with his family, he said his decision was "based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe".

The Duke said: "I’ve learned that we cannot dismiss the idea of trying to do something, just because we can’t do everything. We can all do better."

Now, analysis of his recent trips has revealed 50% of 10 return flights abroad between July 2018 and September 2019 have been on board private jets, reports the Mail .

Those flights include a private jet to Ireland on an official visit with Meghan, a private jet to Italy to holiday with George and Amal Clooney, a private jet to Sicily for a Google Summit – as well as private flights for family holidays to Ibiza and the south of France.

Meghan Markle also took a private flight on her solo trip to New York for her baby shower.

In his recent speech on the environment in Amsterdam, Harry said: "I’ve always offset my CO2. What is offsetting CO2? So many people out there hear about it but don’t know about it. In my mind, it’s the right thing to do.

"We need to make it cool. But it can’t just be a ticking-the-box exercise. Somehow we have to connect people to where that little bit of extra money is actually going.

"The moment you have that connection, you feel like you have a bigger purpose in life, you can actually see the difference you are making."

Elton John was the latest celebrity to defend the Duke and Duchess after he provided them with a private jet to stay at his luxury pad in Nice, southern France.

A good friend of the couple, he shared a photo of the couple on social media defended them against the criticism.

He writes: "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.

"Prince Harry ’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death. 

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