Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are under fire from the media and the public after a highly controversial decision they made. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known to be well-meaning philanthropists and adamant environmentalists. It then shines a very questionable light upon their beliefs and ideals when they decide to take a method of travel that is completely illogical for an environmentalist.

“With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference,” the couple wrote on one of their Instagram posts last month. The prince and his wife then started to look like hypocrites after they decided to take private jets in their vacation this summer, reportedly taking trips on four jets within a span of eleven days.

This may seem like a small thing for a royal to do, but taking into consideration that private planes generate seven times more carbon emissions per person than commercial flights, the environmentalists may seem to have a point in lashing out at the two royals. 

Unfortunately for the couple, they can’t seem to get a break from the media’s onslaught. This is not the first time that the public has placed Meghan in a bad light, even noting some racism thrown her way by the press. Sir Elton John — who they reportedly visited — jumped to the defense of the royal couple, taking to Twitter to make a request.

“To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™,” the musician said. “I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis,” he ended.

As surprising it is for the couple to have chosen to fly in private rather than in a commercial flight, looking into their current circumstances may actually make things clearer.

Meghan has a newborn baby in tow, and being inside a flying, vacuum-sealed tube with a hundred other people inside may just be the thing to scare a new mother. A report also points to planes being a hub for germs, and the actress once noted in an interview that planes can easily get a person sick.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 11, 2019. Getty Images/Ben Stansall/AFP