The debate over whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing more harm than good with their efforts to raise awareness for their various charitable endeavours continues to rage on. The latest bone of contention between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their critics is whether the environmentally-conscious couple are doing enough to go green.
The Duke and Duchess were under fire this week for taking a private jet from their vacation in Ibiza to their second vacation in Nice, France, where they stayed at the private home of close family friend Elton John. The backlash was swift and mostly focused on how the environmental impact of flying private seemingly made hypocrites out of Harry and Meghan who have been outspoken about climate change and saving the planet.
Ellen DeGeneres was the next celeb to step in on behalf of the famous couple, with the talk show host applauding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their environmental efforts and chastising critics. “Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better,” DeGeneres tweeted on Monday.
Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better. pic.twitter.com/226pRO1fj1
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 19, 2019
Pink has also shown her support for the couple, with the singer once again denouncing bullying of any kind and praising DeGeneres and John for speaking publicly on behalf of the royals. Pink’s social post also touched on the long history of the media bullying Markle, which began as soon her relationship with Prince Harry became public.
I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.
— P!nk (@Pink) August 20, 2019
The latest line of criticism follows June’s report that the royal family doubled their carbon emissions from travel over the past year, which doesn’t sit well with many environmental groups. Harry and Meghan have recently stepped up their support of environmental causes, with the pair working with famed conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. On their official Instagram page, the couple announced their intention to help reduce plastic waste and protect endangered species. Prince Harry interviewed Goodall for the September issue of British Vogue, which featured Markle as the first-ever guest editor, and the Duke of Sussex revealed that he and Markle plan on only having two children in order to reduce their environmental impact.