Richard Madeley slams Harry and Meg’s climate ‘lectures’ while taking private jets

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Richard Madley took a jibe at Meghan and Harry for delivering a lecture to Britons on climate change today.

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The Good Morning Britain host said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a “big deal” about not flying, but have continued to fly on private jets.

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Meghan and Harry have supported eco causes since leaving royal lifecredit: Splash News
Richard Madley talking to colleague Laura Tobin about the impact of flying on climate change

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Richard Madley talking to colleague Laura Tobin about the impact of flying on climate change

Richard, who is leaving for France next week, said the argument for climate change is “untenable” and that people should do what they preach.

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Discussing the issue with GMB’s Laura Tobin, he said: “I think it’s when people are in a position to lecture us and do something different.

“I’m thinking of Harry and Meghan, who made a big deal about not flying two years ago about a year and a half ago.

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“And at the same time they were flying to see Elton John on his private jet, making other flights … Harry took off the other day to go to a sports tournament and then flew back.

“I think that’s when logic becomes untenable—when people tell us what to do and go and quietly move on and do their job anyway.”

Meteorologist Laura, who has been covering the effects of climate change from the Arctic, said it depends “how often (you fly)”.

“With me last week I wasn’t telling anyone what to do, I was reporting on climate change,” she said.

“But whoever was wondering, we all flew regular class and not business class. And the millions of people who viewed our reports greatly influenced our footprints.

“So it’s leading by example.”

Since leaving royal life last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have supported environmental causes, including the importance of reducing air miles.

She was named as an environmental “role model” earlier this year for deciding not to have more than two children to reduce their impact on the planet.

In 2019 Harry revealed in an Echo Talk that he only flies on private jets to protect his family, but admitted that “no one is perfect”.

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Last year it was estimated that the couple’s carbon footprint could be 26 times greater than the average British.

They are said to generate 215 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from flights against the UK average of 8.3 tonnes for one person.

According to a study by former MP Norman Baker, he racked up at least 53 international flights in the 12 months to the end of January 2020.

At the time Mr Baker said: “The only thing green about Prince Harry is his wells.

“The self-appointed eco-warrior, who loves to lecture everyone on climate change, is in the top one percent of people on the planet for carbon emissions.

“He should cut the carbon and if not, at least cut the crap.”

Meghan and Harry told Oprah in March they would only have two children

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Meghan and Harry told Oprah in March they would only have two childrencredit: Reuters

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