Piers Morgans tells Prince Harry to decide if he’s a ‘Royal or a gas-guzzling celebrity’ as he and Meghan Markle are branded ‘hypocrites’ for lecturing on saving planet while flying private jets
- Yesterday Harry said he takes commercial planes ’99 per cent of the time’
- But conceded he uses private jets to ensure the ‘safety of his family’
- Good Morning Britain host Piers said he needs to choose which lifestyle he has
Piers Morgan has demanded Prince Harry decide whether he wants to be a senior Royal or a ‘gas-guzzling celebrity’ following his private jet row.
Yesterday the Duke of Sussex, 34, insisted he spends ’99 per cent of his life travelling the world by commercial aircraft’.
He said he ‘occasionally’ flies in private jets in order to ‘keep his family safe’, responding to fury over his use of four in just 11 days over the summer.
But today on Good Morning Britain, host Piers Morgan gave the prince an ultimatum, demanding he choose whether he and wife Meghan, 38, want to be members of the royal family – or A-listers.
He told the programme: ‘I’ve got no problem with royals using private jets, I’ve done all of that myself. My problem comes when they’re trying to be the high priest and priestess of environmental preaching. You can’t do both.’
Prince Harry speaks in Amsterdam yesterday where he said he uses commercial planes ’99 per cent of the time’ but private ones on occasions to ‘keep his family safe’
Piers Morgan (pictured today with co-host Susanna Reid) has demanded Prince Harry decide whether he wants to be a senior Royal or a ‘gas-guzzling celebrity’ following his private jet row
The GMB presenter went on to point out that he flew into Nice airport on a commercial plane around the same time Harry and Meghan landed in a private jet to holiday at Sir Elton John’s Cote d’Azur mansion.
He argued: ‘I flew into Nice at the same time as them, there’s no problem, people don’t bother you.’
His co-host Susanna Reid was quick to respond with: ‘You’re not a royal!’
The Sussexes have been highly criticised for their use of private jets after saying they only plan to have two children in a bid to minimise their carbon footprint.
Piers warned that Harry looked ‘defiant’ yesterday when responding to accusations of hypocrisy over the private jet storm at a conference in Amsterdam.
He said that Meghan needs to ‘have a chat with the Queen’, before addressing her husband, saying: ‘Harry if you’re watching, don’t do that.
‘You’re either going to be a senior royal or you’re going to be a private jet-guzzling celebrity.’
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe (left) defended the couple, but said ‘they couldn’t have got it more wrong this summer’, while Viscountess Hinchingbrooke (right) Julie Montagu argued Harry has a point when it comes to safety
Yesterday Prince Harry told reporters in Amsterdam: ‘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 a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe. It’s genuinely as simple as that.’
Also appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke Julie Montagu argued Harry has a point when it comes to safety.
She said: ‘Here’s the thing, his mother died when he was 12 years old because she was hounded by the press.
‘She died. You say she always took commercial flights, so would she have been safer if she took private jets?
‘He is saying he has to keep his family safe, which makes me think there is something more going on.’
But Piers branded the safety ‘excuse’ as ‘bogus’.
In response American-born Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, who married into the aristocracy when she married her husband Luke Montagu, suggested the British public should ‘learn how Americans do things’.
She insisted that Harry and Meghan can ‘do things differently’ and ‘use their platform more than the Queen does’ because he is not going to become King.
Denying the Sussexes are hypocrites, she asked: ‘Is there a rule book of how to be a royal? She’s breaking the unwritten rule book.’
But Piers insisted she is ‘doing it to be a celebrity’.
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe defended the couple, but said ‘they couldn’t have got it more wrong this summer’.
He told the programme: ‘Harry is a lovely, lovely guy, I’ve known him for years, he’s a credit to Britain, and Meghan too.
Harry and Meghan are pictured at the Lion King film premiere in London in July
‘They’re trying to do things their own way, but could they have done it more wrong this summer?
‘Nobody wants to hate these two.’
Piers finished by saying: ‘They are making themselves look like rank hypocrites.’
Harry was in Amsterdam yesterday to launch a new sustainable travel initiative.
Prince Harry said he hopes the new ‘Travalyst’ scheme will better protect tourist destinations and their local communities for generations to come.
The Duke flew to Amsterdam by a commercial flight yesterday to launch the project – which aims to encourage people to make more environmentally-friendly choices while travelling – this morning, and told an audience at A’dam Tower: ‘We could all do better.’
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