Sir Elton John defends Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John has defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they were slammed for their use of a private jet – as he claims he paid for the vehicle.

Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan were blasted by Labour MP Teresa Pearce over the weekend after they jetted to the south of France just two days after flying to Ibiza, as she claimed the royals needed to “lead by example” on environmental issues instead of taking environmentally damaging flights.

But now, musical legend Elton has come to the couple’s defence, claiming they stayed at his home in Nice, France, and that he provided them with the jet, which he insists was made carbon neutral.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

In a series of tweets, the 72-year-old ‘Rocketman’ hitmaker wrote: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.

“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquillity of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.

“To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon FootprintTM.