Elton John defends Harry and Meghan's use of private jets

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle royal engagement

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle royal engagement

John tweeted that he provided Harry and Meghan with a private jet to his home for security reasons but said a contribution was made to Carbon Footprint Ltd, which offsets carbon emissions by funding environmentally friendly projects.

The legendary performer Elton John blasted media Monday for their "distorted and malicious account" of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent trips.

The royals, who have been champions of many charities focused on protecting the environment, have been criticized by the media, including Piers Morgan and The Daily Mail U.K., for their use of a private jet during their travels to Nice, France, to visit the family friend and world-famous entertainer.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

John recalled his friendship with Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, in a series of tweets in which he appealed to the press to stop the nearly daily "relentless and untrue assassinations on their character".

"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight", he wrote.

Sir Elton called on the press to stop the "relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an nearly daily basis".

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The musician famously performed at the funeral of Harry's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, singing a specially reworked version of his hit song Candle In The Wind.

In addition, the private jet flight to and from Ibiza would create 12.5 tons of carbon dioxide per person, an amount of pollution that would take 14 commercial flights to emit, according to activists.

Their choice of transport flew in the face of their public preaching on environmental issues including the Prince's statement that more than two children would be bad for the planet.

In Channel 5 documentary William & Harry: Princes At War?, which aired last night, Ingrid said: "It wasn't done in a very royal way, or the way we'd come to expect".

"With almost 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference".

Speaking in March, the royal - who has a three-month-old son called Archie with his wife - explained: "Climate change is a humanitarian issue not a political one, and one where we've been far too slow in waking up to the issues and acting on the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world".

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