Piers Morgan slams Prince Harry for being a 'hypocrite' after using private helicopter despite climate change preaching

The Sun revealed how The Duke of Sussex, 34, took the chopper from London to Birmingham to carry out two engagements on Monday.

Just 48 hours later he took to the stage during WE Day UK at Wembley Arena and urged 12,000 youngsters to "wake up" and change "the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world”.

Climate change campaigners have blasted Harry and his wife Meghan, who herself took a private jet with Amal Clooney last month.

Morgan was quick to add to the condemnation, tweeting to his 6.56m followers: "Prince Harry using a private helicopter to go to Birmingham then lecturing us about climate change is beyond parody.

"Walk the walk, Your Royal Highness – or spare us the hectoring, hypocritical talk."

The Good Morning Britain host was backed up by many on Twitter.

Carina Magger wrote: " Just drawing attention to the fact that Prince Harry is travelling to Birmingham in a private helicopter to lecture us about climate change.

Oliver Murphy added: "This is beyond a parody. It simply reinforces the parallel universe of privilege our monarchy inhabit. It's time they parted with the hypocrisy."

If Harry had made his trip by train it would have taken him 80 minutes from London Euston to Birmingham New Street.

The service runs every 10-20 minutes and a first-class advance ticket is £34. Meanwhile helicopters take 45 minutes and cost around £6,000.

Going by rail reduces each passenger’s carbon footprint by at least 90 per cent compared with flying, research by Eurostar shows.

Carbon emissions add to global warming.

But it is thought that the Duke of Sussex used an AgustaWestland A109S Grand Chopper, complete with customised interior and leather seats.

Private air travel obviously comes with a huge carbon footprint.

During his three-hour visit, he went to a hospital and opened a memorial to the victims of the 2015 Tunisia terror attacks.

Then two days later he went to London’s Wembley for WE Day — which celebrates young people making a difference in the world.

He told them: “Climate change is a humanitarian issue and one where we’ve been far too slow in waking up to the issues and acting on the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world.

“We now have the facts, the science, the technology and the ability to save not just our planet, but ourselves.”

Harry was later joined by Meghan on stage at the star-studded event.

Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, also used the Clooneys’ jet to return from her US baby shower.

A Friends of the Earth spokesman said at the time: “Private air travel obviously comes with a huge carbon footprint.

"Perhaps for future trips the Duchess could consider less carbon-intensive modes of travel.”

Kensington Palace said: “Travel decisions are based on a number of factors, including effective use of time, security and minimising the impact on others, while ensuring the full schedule can be delivered.”

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