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Harry and Meghan Fly on Commercial Airliner after Criticism over Using Private Jets; Delay Flight by 20 Minutes

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | CREDIT: DIA DIPASUPIL/GETTY

For five-hour travel from New York to Los Angeles, the pair snuck into the last two seats at the front of an airliner.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted getting into a commercial airliner while flying back to Los Angeles from their recent tour of New York, which drew widespread criticism for their use of private jets.

The couple “snuck into the last two seats” at the front of an airliner for five-hour travel from New York to Los Angeles, according to a report in Mail Online. A photo uploaded on social media by a fellow passenger claimed to show Harry deboarding the plane after it landed in LA, dressed in a suit and wearing a face mask.

“Ok this might sound unbelievable and I couldn’t get a good picture and I get [sic] you can say this could literally be anyone…BUT…Prince Harry and Meghan were on our flight to LA last night!” the passenger claimed, adding that the flight was delayed for the couple.

“We were held up for about 20 minutes from our departure time and they were snuck into the last 2 seats. We didn’t even know until a girl waiting to get off the plane next to us pointed them out. I couldn’t get my phone out fast enough but it was them,” the post further read.

The financially independent British royals were “quickly whisked away” to their seats, according to the passenger, leaving other passengers stunned at being “so close and breathing the same air as our beloved royals!”

The pair, who spent three days in New York last month to commemorate Veterans Day, was chastised by royal experts and opponents for talking about climate change while flying on private aircraft. A private jet journey from New York to California is predicted to produce 17 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

As per Ibtimes, their recent flight on a commercial airline comes only weeks after they announced that their charity, Archewell, would achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

A mission statement on their Archewell foundation website stated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have “consciously chosen choices to offset and balance their carbon footprint,” but that “nearly every activity in daily life results in the release of carbon into the atmosphere.”

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