WHILE many of us brave long airport queues and cramped economy when going on holiday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry certainly know how to travel in style.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have flown on a swanky Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign private jet for their controversial return trip to Nice, France.
Meghan and Prince Harry were pictured with three-month-old baby Archie as they stepped on board the luxury plane on Saturday.
The 24.2ft-long cabins can be customised based on the owner’s specification, but are often decked out with Wi-Fi, TVs, DVD players, satellite radio and speakers throughout the cabin.
Passengers don’t have to wait until they land to charge their phones and devices, as the jets also can have universal power outlets installed throughout the cabin.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could have taken advantage of in-flight dining, with the private planes often being stocked with premium snacks and drinks as requested by fliers.
Speeds of up to 495mph can be reached by the jets and the flight range can be around 7.15 hours which is ample time for the royal family to make the two-hour trip to Nice.
Depending on the configuration of the cabin, seats can be reclined fully to make beds – perfect for new mum Meghan and baby Archie.
The Citation Sovereign’s 100 cubic feet of baggage space means the royal couple could have taken multiple bags for their stay at Elton’s extravagant home.
The Rocket Man singer, 72, confirmed he provided the luxury plane due to the couple's "high level of much-needed protection."
However, the couple have come under fire as the private jet will have generated an estimated seven times more emissions per person than commercial flights.
Fans accused the couple of hypocrisy after recently speaking out about environmental issues and the effects of climate change.
There are more than 20 scheduled departures from London airports to Nice each Wednesday, with an EasyJet return costing £232.
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'S JET-SETTING CARBON FOOTPRINT
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled by private jet on their holidays this summer, which generates an estimated seven times more emissions per person than commercial flights.
Their return Nice flight is estimated to have a carbon footprint of over three tons.
This is in addition to their Ibiza trip earlier this month which is thought to have a footprint of over four tons.
A tree removes around seven tons of carbon dioxide from the air once fully grown – and this equates to the royal couple needing to plant one tree to offset their carbon footprint of their two trips this month.
The average UK person has a carbon footprint of 13 tons a year.
Elton launched a passionate defence of the couple on Twitter after photos emerged of them boarding the private jet with son Archie.
Begging for fair coverage, Elton, 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."
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.
The Sun on Sunday broke the exclusive about the pair's French getaway.
Andy Warhol originals adorn the walls while the villa is so huge it can be seen from across the entire bay.
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.
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 £40,000 round-trip, the couple are thought to have rented their plane from NetJets, dubbed the 'Uber for billionaires'.
The Ibiza holiday came a week after Harry attended a super secret Google Camp event in Sicily – on July 30.
Piers Morgan blasted ‘eco-warriors’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s jet-setting ways as ‘beyond parody’ as they board fourth private flight in 11 days.
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