The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after making their fourth trip in a private jet in less than two weeks.
Prince Harry and Meghan were pictured with three-month-old Archie, boarding their private plane, the Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign, as they returned to the UK from Nice.
The royal couple have been at the forefront of a number of campaigns designed to tackle climate change.
In comparison to a commercial flight, it is estimated that their return trip from Nice on the private plane generated seven times the emission per person.
The trip to Nice was preceded by a six-night trip to Ibiza, where Meghan celebrated turning 38.
The couple drew criticism after arriving in France last Wednesday on their private jet, choosing not to use the more than 20 commercial flights from London to Nice that were available and which would have had less of an impact on the environment than the use of the private jet.
Some questioned whether Harry and Meghan would ever change their behaviour, despite the charges of hypocrisy.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier told MailOnline today: ‘Whether you think recent criticism of Harry and Meghan is fair or not, it’s worrying to me that they don’t seem to care and aren’t about to change their behaviour.
‘They must have known that taking private jets four times in quick succession would leave them open to charges of hypocrisy, but they just went ahead and did it anyway.’
Mr Dampier added that the couple’s calls for others to tackle climate change and become more aware of their carbon footprint, would not go down well if the pair weren’t able to follow their own advice.
On their previous trip on August 6, the Sussexes flew to Ibiza on a private jet and six days later a nine-seater Cessna 500 XL, owned by NetJets, returned from the Spanish Island with the royal couple on board.
Netjets is known for serving the super-rich and is linked to Harry’s close friend Nacho Figueras, an Argentine sportsman who is nicknamed the ‘David Beckham of polo’.
Given that Meghan and Harry were guarded by both British and Spanish state security personnel, questions have been raised about the cost of the trip to the taxpayer.
The controversy comes only weeks after Prince Harry revealed that his passion for protecting the environment meant he and Meghan had decided to have only two children.
The prince took to Instagram in July to warn people that ‘every choice, every footprint, every action, makes a difference’.