Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex chat with British singer-songwriter Elton John at the European Premiere of Disney's
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex chat with British singer-songwriter Elton John at the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. Picture: Getty Images.

Elton’s Princess Di admission

Iconic singer Sir Elton John has lashed out over the treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and compared it to the "intrusion" which led to Princess Diana's "untimely death".

In a series of Twitter posts overnight, Sir Elton revealed he paid for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to travel by private jet to visit his $26 million swanky home in Nice.

The Rocket Man singer, 72, said he provided the luxury 12-seater Cessna plane, that would have cost more than $36,000 to hire, due to the "high level of much-needed protection".

Sir Elton launched the passionate defence of the couple online and begged for "fair coverage" after photos emerged of them boarding a private jet with son Archie.

He said: "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 Footprint."

 

 

 

 

After jetting into Nice Airport on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and three-month-old baby Archie were whisked off in a Mercedes limo, with police protection, to Sir Elton's stunning French Riviera villa, Castel Mont-Alban.

 

Harry and Meghan boarding a jet in Australia. Picture: John Grainger
Harry and Meghan boarding a jet in Australia. Picture: John Grainger

 

Sir Elton and the royals. Picture: Getty
Sir Elton and the royals. Picture: Getty

 

With views across the bay and to the Alps, the singer's summer pad has been used by celebs including David and Victoria Beckham in the past.

The hilltop villa has an impressive swimming pool and is surrounded by woodland.

Andy Warhol originals adorn the walls while the villa is so huge it can be seen from across the entire bay.

 

The Beckhams are visitors to Sir Elton’s place. Picture: Supplied
The Beckhams are visitors to Sir Elton’s place. Picture: Supplied

Originally built in the 1920s as an artists' colony, Sir Elton redesigned the mansion with a team of interior designers.

The Duke and Duchess flew back to Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire, on Saturday.

They left just as Sir Elton, previously dubbed "the king of the hill" in Nice, husband David Furnish and their family jetted over to the luxury villa.

 

Mao Zedong, by Andy Warhol. Original paintings by the famous artist hang on the walls of Sior Elton’s villa. Picture: Supplied
Mao Zedong, by Andy Warhol. Original paintings by the famous artist hang on the walls of Sior Elton’s villa. Picture: Supplied

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Labour MP Teresa Pearce called on Harry and Meghan to "lead by example" on environmental issues.

Ms Pearce said: "Given the position they have taken publicly about being responsible on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at.

 

Prince Harry guest edited BBC Radio 4's Today program in 2017 and said people can make a
Prince Harry guest edited BBC Radio 4's Today program in 2017 and said people can make a "difference" in changing society for the better on climate change. Picture: Getty

"It's up to all of us to cut our carbon emissions, and the number of flights we take a year.

"That is really important - and someone as high profile as that should lead by example.

"I find this quite surprising because it doesn't fit with their public image and the way they're so concerned about the planet and the environment."

It was the fourth time in just over a week Harry has used a private jet.

This 2003 photo shows a young Prince Harry arriving at Tamworth Airport by private jet from Perth before being flown by helicopter to his next destination. Picture: Marlon Dalton
This 2003 photo shows a young Prince Harry arriving at Tamworth Airport by private jet from Perth before being flown by helicopter to his next destination. Picture: Marlon Dalton

On August 6, the couple flew to Ibiza to celebrate Meghan's 38th birthday in style with a six-day trip in the billionaire's playground.

While it's not known who paid for this $72,000 round-trip, the couple are thought to have rented their plane from NetJets, dubbed the 'Uber for billionaires'.

The plane would have emitted six times more carbon dioxide than a regular commercial flight.

 

 

Sa Calma, part of the gated Vista Alegre complex where Meghan and Harry stayed in Ibiza. Pictures: Supplied
Sa Calma, part of the gated Vista Alegre complex where Meghan and Harry stayed in Ibiza. Pictures: Supplied

The Ibiza holiday came a week after Harry attended a super secret Camp Google event in Sicily.

While there, the barefoot Prince gave an impassioned speech about climate change to celebrities believed to include Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney and Harry Styles.

 

Prince Harry considers the fate of the world. Picture: Getty
Prince Harry considers the fate of the world. Picture: Getty

According to reports, the group of celebrities flocked to the island on 114 private planes, with several staying on luxury super yachts for the three-day event.

Local media reported the A-listers "invaded" the island, clogging local roads with Masteratis, Ferraris, Porches and gas-guzzling SUVs.

 

 

 

A Cessna Citation jet. Picture: Melbourne Business Jets.
A Cessna Citation jet. Picture: Melbourne Business Jets.
Supplied Editorial Sa Calma, part of the gated Vista Alegre complex where Meghan and
 Harry stayed in Ibiza.
Supplied Editorial Sa Calma, part of the gated Vista Alegre complex where Meghan and Harry stayed in Ibiza.

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