Prince Harry has been slammed as a "total hypocrite" after it was revealed he flew home from a polo match on a private jet, just three months after saying climate change is one of society's "most pressing issues".
The Duke of Sussex chose to take the $60 million private jet home from the charity event in Aspen, only two hours from his home in Montecito, California.
"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," Harry previously told Oprah Winfrey.
"This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change," royal author Tom Quin told The Sun. "Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behaviour isn’t relevant. It is a huge blind spot."
"Yesterday Prince Harry took a private jet home from a polo match — after lecturing us all about how climate change is one of the world’s 'most pressing issues'," one Twitter user wrote. "A total hypocrite. Elite environmentalism is about telling the little people to know their place."
"Prince Harry takes a private jet home from a polo match," another wrote. "Please lecture me more on privilege and environmentalism."
"Remember when Harry said he flew commercial 99% of the time...??" a third wrote. "And said, he only flies private 'to keep his family safe.'"
"You couldn’t make it up! Fake eco warrior Prince Harry takes yet another private jet flight - this time to go to a posh polo match," someone else added. "Just remember this is a bloke hectoring us all about air travel. Given his actions, he should be roundly ignored."
Speaking at a Travalyst event in 2019, Harry said, "I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial. Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe – it’s as simple as that.
"For me it’s about balance. It’s not a decision I would want to take, but if I have to do that, I will ensure that I balance out the impact that I have."
He also insisted he "offsets" his emissions by donating to renewable energy incentives and plants trees.
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