The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Britain before the Jubilee was over and with little fanfare, sparked rumors that they were feeling tension between them and the rest of the royal family. Prince Harry appears to be thinking when he lands in California after the pair attended their first event at a royal event in two years. But the couple are now being blamed for taking a £ 160,000 private jet back home instead of flying a commercial.
Chartered flight provider Paramount Business Jets estimates that the return trip will release almost 60 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The Paris climate agreement states that to keep global warming “below” 2 degrees, each person’s annual carbon budget should be no more than 2.1 tonnes per year.
This means Sussex exceeds this number almost 30 times on a single flight.
The move is primarily due to the couple’s campaign for climate change action.
Prince Harry described climate change as one of the “most important issues we face”.
He told Oprah Winfrey in May last year: “We should be better off stopping or allowing things that cause a lot of harm to a lot of people at the source, rather than being bothered by the symptoms.”
Earlier this year, the pair launched a new eco-travel project that will see tourists “rated” on green credentials.
Duke flew by private jet last year on a flight from Aspen to California after a charity polo match, but has previously said while almost always flying commercially, “unique circumstances” sometimes prevent this.
Royal expert Tom Quinn accused Sussex of being a “great hypocrite” after details of the flight emerged.
The author told The Times: “He was pontificate about helping people and the planet and then taking private jets.
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To offset a private jet flight from Farnborough to California would cost £ 669, according to climate organization Cotap.
Mr Quinn added the aircraft, the Bombardier 6000, was a “Russian oligarchy jet” for people who “don’t care”.
He added “it’s almost like sticking two fingers in the neighborhood lobby”.
The Bombardier is an “ultra-long range” 13-passenger private jet which features its own “private cabin”, including a flatbed, and can travel over 6,000 miles without stopping.
Members of the royal family typically use specially made RAF VIP Voyager jets to travel around the world in official capacity, although members have been known to take private and low -cost airlines.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to comment.