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Elton John Just Defended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Use of His Private Jet

He said his donation cancels it out.

In case you haven’t heard, people are pissed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for taking a private flight to Ibiza for her birthday. The critics are also upset because earlier this month, Prince Harry took a private jet and helicopter to a climate change conference where he gave a speech on the importance of protecting the environment. To the critics, they’re major hypocrites who don’t practice what they preach.

The whole debate over flying private vs commercial (which is way more environmentally friendly) has taken on a life of its own. Now, Elton John is here to defend Meghan and Harry and try to set the record straight.

Today, Elton hopped on Twitter to confirm that he was the one who lent Meghan and Harry his private jet to go to Ibiza. He said that it was important to him and his husband that the royal family was able to fly private for security reasons.

He then added that while they did take that flight, it was “carbon neutral” because Elton made a donation to an organization called Carbon Footprint, which aims to “offset” environmental damage by putting funds toward projects like tree planting and promoting clean drinking water and wind power.

He also asked that the press ease up on Harry and Meghan and not intrude on their lives as the media did with Princess Diana.

Some praised Elton and called him a “gem” for defending the royals, but others weren’t buying it and questioned him on how a donation could really offset the environmental damage the flight already caused. Basically, they think Elton and the royals are just throwing money at the problem instead of flying commercial.

Elton didn’t respond to those comments, but this probably isn’t the end of this debate.

This post originally appeared on Cosmo US.

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