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Prince Harry has been slammed as being "completely hypocritical" for allegedly taking more than 20 private jet journeys in the past two years.
His words about looking after the environment have not impressed a former UK government minister who claims him and Meghan Markle emit more carbon than most.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's flight home to California from New York last week was reportedly their 21st trip aboard a private jet since the start of 2019.
Harry and Meghan made an appearance at the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park on Saturday where they campaigned for vaccine equity.
But travelling by a Dassault Falcon 2000 meant their trip produced around 17 tons of carbon, according to The Sun.
Other recent journeys have included the prince last month attending a polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, by a pal's private Gulfstream jet, according to The Independent.
At the event, Harry announced he would donate £1.3 million to his own charity Sentebale, which supports young people with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.
Mail Online also reported that in the midst of their so-called Megxit, the couple flew from Canada to Los Angeles by private jet in March 2020.
Ex-government minister and royal writer Norman Baker claims that in the year before the Sussexes stepped down as senior royals, they had taken a combined 18 trips by private plane.
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And What Do You Do? author, Baker told Newsweek: "It's completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they're emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.
"People using private jets are in the top 1% of carbon emitters in the world.
"Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change.
"It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time."
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In addition to the flights accounted for by Baker, Prince Harry has also travelled across the pond twice this year for Prince Philip's funeral, in April, and the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue in July.
There is nothing to suggest these trips were by private jet.
In total, the parents of two are estimated by Baker to have taken approximately 64 flights since January 2019, 30% of which were private.
At the same time, Harry and Meghan have called for people to lead more environmentally friendly lives.
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Last December, Harry helped launch WaterBear, a Netflix-style streaming service for environmental content.
At the time he said: "Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop?
"And if every single one of us cared, which we do because we have to care because at the end of the day nature is our life source."
The Daily Star has approached the Sussexes' representatives for comment.
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