Elton John has come to the defense of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, after the environmentally conscious royals were criticized for using his private jet to vacation at his home in Nice, France.
Elton says, "Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.
"After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, [my husband] David [Furnish] and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility 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.
"I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity, and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis."