In Britain this summer, hardly anything has made the news this summer outside of a few major stories. Brexit of course, various protests bringing London to a halt many of which are invariably environment related and the seemingly strained relations of Prince Harry and Meghan with Prince William and Kate…. oh and the fact Harry for his part of the tackiest Royal Couple since Andrew and Fergie seems to be obsessing to show the world that he does actually have a purpose and that is to tell everyone else how to live when it comes to green issues whilst hypocritically flying around on private jets.
Two weeks ago Prince Harry was in Amsterdam making a keynote speech at a conference to launch a sustainable travel initiative.
Of course he decided to fly there when in fact he could very easily have got their by train or even boat as I myself have done. There are – ten departures a day to the Dutch city from London St Pancras but this environmentally minded Prince decided to screw the environment and just fly anyway. Why he felt the need to go anyway when the Netherlands has its own Royal Family who also speak absolutely perfect English is another matter.
He took the opportunity to justify his newly acquired habit of taking private jets, saying that he did so to ‘ensure my family is safe’. In what sounded like a carefully-scripted mea culpa, the prince said ‘no one is perfect’ and insisted he mostly uses commercial flights. Except of course the map below kind of shows that he doesn’t.
In fact last month he and the Duchess of Sussex were lambasted for apparently flying four times in 11 days on private jets, despite regularly preaching to the rest of us on the dangers of global warming and other threats to the environment.
Trying to justify his travel habits he said ‘We could all do better, I came here by commercial. I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial. Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on unique circumstance to ensure that my family is safe.’
It is worth pointing out that the Queen regularly takes the train to Sandringham, and that airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic with their special services division tailored for royals and VIPs were always good enough for Harry’s mother Princess Diana. She travelled extensively and her private life was under far more scrutiny than Harry and his wife have so far had to endure.
And in the big scheme of royalty and lines of accession to the throne, Harry no longer has any real relevance and his wife has none at all.
Instead of conceding that he just might have been wrong in joining the private jet elite, Harry haughtily defended it by saying that he ‘balances out’ the impact he has on the environment and ‘will continue to do so’, adding: ‘I’ve always offset my CO2.’
Despite his cringe-worthy unbuttoned collars rather in the style of the oily used car-salesmanesque Mayor of London, he isn’t in any way a man of the people… which is totally ok of course as neither is the Queen but if you can ever find a single account of her lecturing people on how to live their lives then you’re better than Google.
Talking of Google, a barefoot Harry was a feted participant at their from tax-avoiding £16million self-congratulatory knees up in Sicily last month which he again attended by a private jet. Later this month the couple will be on their travels again.
What he really needs to do is admit he was in the wrong and apologise and perhaps explain why the very best police and security agents can keep his Grandma safe but not himself. Then remind his z-lister wife that she is meant to be a real princess now and that she shouldn’t be behaving like a Disney princess, less is more even when helping good causes. Finally stop doing do stupid things and acting like spoilt celebrities rather than British Royal Family members. It was only a year or so ago where the worlds was their oyster before they alienated so many with their tacky and ozver-privliedged whims and that’s even before the private jets and hypocritical environmental lecturing.
Nobody is perfect but Harry is as far from perfect as possible and it’s not up to him to lecture less fortunate people (albeit those who allegedly didn’t have to cheat their school exams) how to live.
Of course it’s not just a Harry issue, there are people like this in all walks of life. I know someone who spends much of their life going with populist issues yet doesn’t agree with any personal responsibility and the last I heard of him, he was lecturing others whilst on holiday in India so no carbon footprint there.
I recently did a test on the sustainability of my lifestyle and I use up only 63% of my fair share of global resources from American at the very top to sub-saharan African at the very bottom. Not jet setting around on private jets lecturing others was the first thing I cut out! And as a Prince with no real job, if anyone should have the time and money to travel by train or boat it must be him.