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Meghan Markle and Harry attacked for not ‘leading by example’ with gas-guzzling car

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Meghan and Prince Harry have been criticised after being spotted in Beverly Hills getting into a black Cadillac SUV. Social media users were quick to point out the use of a similar car may not be as environmentally friendly as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have urged others to be. 

Twitter user with the nickname Baroness Bruck started a conversation publishing one of the paparazzi snaps showing Meghan and Prince Harry nearing the Cadillac SUV.

She wrote: “Remember that Eco speech where Harry told us ‘every drop counts!’…???

“I wonder how many miles per gallon does this Cadillac Escalade give…??”

The social media user was likely referring to the speech delivered by Prince Harry in September last year as he launched his eco-tourism project Travalyst. 

At the event held in Amsterdam, the Duke outlined the impact tourism is having on many popular locations, now littered with plastic bottles or facing the loss of biodiversity.

Harry said: “These human-caused challenges often need a giant system shift to make a significant enough impact.

“And that is what this partnership is here to try and do. 

“But just because it is such a massive undertaking, doesn’t mean we can’t all play our part.

“Sometimes the scale of the conservation crisis feels overwhelming and that individual actions can’t make a difference.

“I’ve certainly felt that – but I’ve learned that we cannot dismiss the idea of trying to do something, just because we can’t do everything.     

“We can all do better. And while no one is perfect we are all responsible for our own individual impact; the question is what we do to balance it out.”

Other social media users chimed in to agree with Baroness Bruck’s criticism.

MaryLou Jones wrote, referring to the question of how many gallon per miles the SUV could do: “Maybe 10 mpg… so eco friendly if them not to practice what they preach.”

Similarly, Twitter user SA_1074 said: “14 to 15, way to go MM & H! That’s the way to save the planet.” 

And Fioravanti wrote: “Do as I say, not as I do.

“Silly you for thinking he was going to lead by example.

“These two woke jokes can’t even open their own car doors and they’ve just spanked us all for not acknowledging our privilege.”

Another social media user called Duchess Royal, said: “This will get uncomfortable. We need to talk about the environment & how you plebs are destroying it with your once a year holiday.

“We need to talk about equality while we live in our borrowed $18m mansion & exploit our ‘privilege’ every day. Understood?”

While Twitter user Kris compared Meghan and Harry’s latest video, in which they called for an examination of the history of the Commonwealth with the attention on its ‘wrongs’, as well as the Duke’s Travalyst initiative to how the Royal Family approaches difficult topics. 

She wrote: “And this is why The Royal Family is careful how the speak to the public.

“When you are amongst the most privileged in the world, do you really want to make people say or question the fairness of that?

“Does anyone remember the French Revolution?

“It’s a delicate balance and these two do not get that.”

Prince Harry and Meghan were heavily criticised last year for using four private jets within just a couple of weeks to fly first to Ibiza and then to Nice for private holidays.

At the Travalyst launch in Amsterdam, Prince Harry said explained he used private jets to protect his family but he usually uses commercial flights.  

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