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Meghan Markle – Prince Harry & Duchess BLASTED for flying home to California in private jet after ‘woke NY tour’

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry met with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio on their major trip to the city.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the One World Observatory on their first public outing since baby Lilibet was born.

The couple also broadcast live from Central Park for a Global Citizen Live event to promote the Covid vaccine on Saturday.

But not everybody is welcoming the royal couple with popular US-based Twitter account @UKRoyalTea saying "I don’t know what’s more embarrassing, the Sussexes treating a visit to NYC like it’s a royal tour, or the Mayor and Governor treating it like it is."

Another Twitter user said: "Yes exactly! It's just wrong for them to do that because they aren't working for the Firm anymore and aren't neutral at all and to be with that man while using the titles! It's a big mistake."

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates...

  • Beatrice ‘has best royal smile’

    Being a royal comes with a bag of responsibilities and appearing happy in the public eye is one of them.

    They’re often seen waving and smiling at crowds – but whose grin is the fairest of them all?

    According to experts at ExpressDentist.com, the British Royal Family member with the most attractive smile is Princess Beatrice.

    The new mum, 33, who gave birth to a baby girl last week, took the crown, beating her sister Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle who placed second and third respectively.

    The study used a computer vision algorithm to work out the geometric golden ratio of each royal’s smile, and gave their teeth a whiteness ranking based on RGB colour estimates.

    Princess Beatrice has the most attractive royal smile according to a recent study
  • Unimpressed

    According to a royal source, the future monarch is hopping to turn the royal residence into a public attraction, and some courtiers have expressed their concerns. 

    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is also where the Queen’s offices are situated. 

    Royal commentator Neil Sean told the Express that Her Majesty is not a fan of turning the historic pad into a tourist trap. 

    He said: “This will not be happening anytime soon, particularly while we still have our gracious Majesty the Queen with us.

    “She’s not very keen on that particular idea and believes of course, that it should remain a family home of sorts.

    “Her Majesty the Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and spending two to four days a week also out at the re-renovated Buckingham Palace.”

  • The cost of Meghan’s NYC wardrobe

    Meanwhile, her wardrobe for the four-day New York trip is ­estimated to have cost £28,000.

    On a visit to the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial, she wore a  £1,000 heavy black wool Emporio Armani coat, £650 matching black trousers and £450 Aquazzura heels. She chose a £3,200 Max Mara camel coat when she rubbed shoulders with world leaders at the UN on Thursday.

    On Friday, she donned a £6,695 outfit — including a £3,850 Loro Piana cashmere coat, £1,300 ­trousers and £425 Manolo Blahnik stilettos — for a visit to school in poverty-hit Harlem.

    Public records show 94 per cent of the children there qualify for free meals.
    On Saturday, the Duchess returned to the UN while in a £4,500 Max Mara outfit.

    Later, in Central Park — where the likes of Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez and Paul Simon played in a 24-hour gig — she wore a £3,300 cream Valentino dress and carried  a £3,500 Dior D-Lite bag.

  • Explained: Harry’s climate change views

    In May, Harry told Oprah Winfrey for an Apple+ TV series: “I believe even more that climate change and mental health are two of the most pressing issues that we’re facing.”

    Harry added: “With kids growing up in today’s world — pretty depressing depending on where you live, your home country is either on fire, it’s either underwater, houses or forests are being flattened.”

    During a speech in December to mark the launch of a new Netflix-style environment platform,  the Prince urged people to be more “like raindrops” in the fight against climate change.

    He added: “Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop, and if every single one of us cared?

  • Touch down

    It included a flight to Italy for a Google climate change summit, as well as trips to Ibiza and Nice.

    Harry also took a private plane home to California after a polo tournament for his Sentebale charity in Aspen, Colorado, in August. The Prince has previously defended his use of private jets and insisted that he spends 99 per cent of his life travelling via ­commercial flights.

    In 2019, he said: “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, and it’s genuinely as simple as that.”

    He explained that he tries to “balance out” the “impact” of private flights by off-setting his CO2 emissions.

    But a spokesman for the couple did not respond when asked if they were off-setting their emissions from the trip back to California from New York at the weekend.

  • Sussexes’ jet created 17 tons of carbon

    A flight on a private jet from New York to California is estimated to produce 17 tons of carbon ­emissions.

    The average carbon footprint per person in the UK per year is 12.7 tons, eco firm Pawprint says.

    Earlier, the Sussexes had been ferried around New York in gas- guzzling 4x4s on what looked like an unofficial “royal tour”.

    They have faced repeated criticism for insisting on using  private flights, despite preaching about the environment.

    The Sun revealed in 2019 that the pair had taken six of ten round trips on private jets since getting married the previous year.

  • Sussexes hug pals in California

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle hugged their pals after landing back in California following their woke whirlwind tour of New York.

    After flying across the country in their private jet, the Duke and Duchess touched down in Santa Barbara and were pictured embracing their team.

    This comes just hours after they went on stage at a gig that called for climate change action – and demanded tough new eco laws to halve US emissions by 2030.

    Harry and Meghan spoke at the star-studded Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York — dubbed “Wokestock.” 

    And it pressed the “wealthiest nations” to deliver on a £70billion-a-year pledge to help developing countries go green.

    Meghan and Harry were spotted hugging their pals after stepping off their private jet
  • Brothers to reunite?

    WILLIAM and Harry will put their differences aside as they reunite to honour their late mother later this year, it’s rumoured.

    The brothers last met face-to-face over the summer, when they unveiled a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.

    And while both men appeared to be on good form during the meeting, and even released a joint statement, Harry left just 20 minutes after the big reveal – while William reportedly barely looked his younger brother in the eye.

    However, there are hopes they will meet again at an engagement together in December.

    It’s thought Meghan, Archie and baby Lilibet – who has not yet met any of the royals – could also fly into the UK with Harry.

    The brothers are rumoured to be planning to attend the 2021 Legacy Award, which will take place at Althorp, the Northamptonshire stately home where Diana grew up.

    Read more here.

  • Kate and William US tour would be a ‘smarter move’

    Kate and Prince William carrying out a royal tour of the US would be “a very smart move”, according to an expert.

    A Kate and Prince William could have a positive impact on the Royal Family as reputation management expert Eric Schiffer told Express.co.uk: “It would be a very smart move.”

    Mr Schiffer added that it could help “counter” what he described as the “media battle plan put forward by Harry and Meghan over the last year”.

  • Palace ‘bent backwards’ to help Meghan

    THE Palace “bent over backwards” to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life, a royal expert has claimed.

    In the bombshell piece, the author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton, also claimed a “formidable backroom staff” spent hours reporting trolls for the Duchess of Sussex.

    In six new chapters of the book that was first published in 2018, Mr Morton said: “Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts’ and ‘violent threats were reported to police,” he wrote.

    Read more here.

  • Harry & Meg’s private jet home

    After speaking at the Global ­Citizen Live concert in New York Harry and Meghan climbed aboard a Dassault Falcon 2000 jet and flew back to their £11million mansion in Montecito, California.

    Pictures showed them hugging their team after stepping off the jet.

    Royal author Penny Junor, 71, told The Sun: “I do think this is hypocrisy. I’m sure there were plenty of scheduled flights.”

    She added: “I do not understand why they are behaving as if they are superstars.

    “His father has been known to take scheduled flights. His brother takes scheduled flights. This totally muddies the waters of their climate message. They are shooting themselves in the foot by taking private flights.”

  • Protecting the Queen

    High court rules that Prince Phillip’s will to remain private to protect ‘dignity’ of the Queen.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s will is to remain secret for 90 years to protect the Queen’s dignity.

    This follows a convention existing for more than a century that the last wishes of senior members of the Royal Family are sealed via a High Court application.


  • Selling to pay off a lawsuit

    Prince Andrew is close to selling his £17.5million Swiss chalet in a luxury ski resort in a bid to pay off a lawsuit from the former owner.

    Isabelle de Rouvre sold the Yorks the huge seven-bedroom lodge for £18million in 2014 but last year began pursuing them through the courts, alleging they still owed her £6.7million.

    Madame de Rouvre, 74, had become a friend of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, both 60, when they repeatedly rented the chalet.

    It is said to boast a 60sq metre indoor pool, a sauna, bar and entertaining area.

    Madame de Rouvre employed six full-time staff and let it for more than £22,000-a-week.

    After selling it to the Yorks, who remained pals after their 1996 divorce, she claims they missed a December 31 2019 deadline to pay the outstanding amount.

    Now, according to The Times, its thought Rouvre has dropped the case – because the chalet is in the final stage of being sold for roughly £17.3million.

    Read more here.

  • ‘Hypocrisy’

    Meghan and Harry have signed a number of lucrative deals since quitting royal life with mega-bucks names including Netflix, Apple and Spotify.

    They have also just finished a four-day trip to New York in what was their first public outing since baby Lilibet was born. But the couple were slammed after the trip for giving a talk on climate change before taking a private jet home.

    Piers said: “The self-styled eco-warriors never stop lecturing the world about the environment. Only last month, Harry warned us that climate change is one of the ‘most pressing issues we are facing.

    “And one of the purposes of the Global Citizen Live concert they attended on Saturday night was to demand tough new eco laws halving US emissions by 2030.

    “So, you might assume they lead by example in deliberately reducing their own carbon footprint?”

  • Top celeb cops to probe Prince

    A SPECIAL team of top cops dubbed the ‘celebrity squad’ as they probe ‘high-profile suspects’ has been assigned Prince Charles’s ‘cash for honours’ case.

    The Prince’s Foundation was reported to cops after Charles’s trusted aide Michael Fawcett, 58, was accused of offering a Saudi billionaire a knighthood in return for charity donations.

    A Detective Inspector from The Met’s Special Enquiry Team Central Specialist Crime is now heading a team of cops assessing the claims.

    The case was handed to the specialist unit which is tasked with investigating sensitive and confidential enquiries involving high-profile subjects.

    Dubbed the ‘celebrity squad’ the unit is known for their discretion and painstaking detective skills.

  • Cambridges enjoy Norfolk pub lunch

    WILLIAM and Kate were a picture of family bliss as they enjoyed a pub lunch with their children yesterday.

    The family, including a black spaniel, were enjoying a classic English beer garden lunch in Norfolk yesterday.

    The pair spent quality time with their children in a heartwarming scene families around the country would recognise.

    Heir William tucked into a burger and chips – and showing himself as a modern dad was quick to comfort and console one of the youngsters when their food was too hot.

    George, usually dressed in a tie and blazer when on public engagements, looked casual in a t-shirt, shorts and trainers.

  • Meghan & David Furnish’s ‘Pearl’

    In July, it was claimed that Meghan had started working on a Netflix series with David Furnish two years before Megxit.

    The pair were reportedly in discussion with the streaming giant in 2018, while Meghan and Prince Harry were living in Kensington Palace.

    The Duchess of Sussex and Elton John’s husband began working on the new animated series, that has the working title ‘Pearl’, several years ago according to Page Six.

  • Princely plans

    Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a £112m deal with Netflix after quitting the Royal Family.

    The couple reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming.

    Such projects were sought, Prince Harry had claimed in their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March, as his family had cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing their Megxit plans.

    But he said he was able to afford security for his family because of the money his late mother, Princess Diana – who died in 1997 – left behind. In April of this year, the couple revealed their first project for the streaming platform – an Invictus Games documentary.

    Prince Harry, who will appear on camera and be an executive producer for the documentary, gushed over the series, saying he couldn’t wait for the series to reveal the “mosaic of resilience”. 

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