As royal stans are already very aware, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the United Kingdom this weekend for their weirdly controversial slate of charitable appearances. While rich and famous people with notorious security concerns generally charter private planes for their cross-Atlantic travel (or just their 17-minute cross-part-of-California travel in some cases), Harry and Meghan reportedly booked seats on a commercial flight for the trip. You know, like full-on commoners.
This bit of news comes via Hello! magazine, which reported that Harry and Meghan “landed on Saturday morning after shunning the use of a private jet and flying commercial.” According to Hello!, Harry and Meghan’s two kids, Archie and Lilibet, did not appear to have accompanied them on their adventure in normaling.
Over the years, Harry and Meghan have come under scrutiny multiple times for their use of private planes, which many have decried as hypocritical since the Sussexes have publicly promoted environmental causes and Harry even has a travel sustainability project called Travalyst.
FWIW, in a 2019 speech announcing Travalyst, Harry claimed to fly commercial *a lot* already.
“I came here by commercial,” he said at the time. “I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial. Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it’s genuinely as simple as that. But as I said in my speech, for me it’s about balance.”
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