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Ellen DeGeneres and Pink Come to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Defense In Wake of Private Jet Controversy

The royal couple's use of a private jet caused controversy-but after Elton John voiced his support for them, several more celebrities spoke up, too.
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Over the past few days, the British press began to report on a secret trip to France that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie took. Headlines quickly focused in on their method of transport—a private jet—and a wave of criticism followed, condemning the apparent hypocrisy of flying private while professing to support environmental causes.

Then, Elton John stepped inThe musician revealed in a Twitter thread that the royal couple had in fact been staying at his home in Nice, and that he had provided the jet, too. However, he clarified, "To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™."

Elton also spoke out about the press's treatment of Meghan and Harry, comparing it to the scrutiny Princess Diana faced. "Prince Harry’s mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends," he wrote. "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."

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The musician's defense of the Duke and Duchess seemed to open the floodgates, as more celebrities began to tweet in support of Meghan and Harry, and against the media.

Here, every high-profile figure who's condemned the criticism. 

ELLEN DEGENERES

The comedian revealed that she and Portia De Rossi had met Harry and Meghan, and found them to be "down-to-earth, compassionate people." Ellen added that all the royal couple wanted to do was "make the world better," and they didn't deserve the media's attacks.



PINK

While the singer didn't claim to have met the Duke and Duchess personally, Pink still felt inspired to voice her support. She tweeted that she was happy to see other celebrities backing them up, as "The way people treat [Meghan] is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh?"

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NACHO FIGUERAS

As a friend of the couple—and ambassador for Harry's charity Sentebale—the star polo player also came forward to support them. In a long comment on Elton John's original Instagram post, Nacho offered effusive praise of the "two great human beings."

"I will defend them and what they do and who they are for as long as I live," he wrote. "They are a treasure in today's society and we should be taking care of them and feeling inspired by them."



*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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