Celebrities are speaking out in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media.
Earlier in the week and weekend, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were publicly bashed on social media as news revealed that they had taken several trips in a private jet over a number of days.
Prior to this, the couple spoke out about environmentalism and how they were aiming to cut down on carbon usage in any way they could.
Among the first to defend the couple was that of Sir Elton John, who said that he provided Harry and Meghan and their baby son Archie with a private flight to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection”.
The musician recalled his friendship with Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, in a series of tweets in which he appealed to the press to stop the almost daily “relentless and untrue assassinations on their character.”
I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week. pic.twitter.com/WjVRDSMX0z— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019
“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. Elton.”
The Sussexes’ trip to Nice to stay in Sir Elton’s home followed a reported holiday to Ibiza to mark the duchess’s 38th birthday earlier this month.
John was also among guests at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in Windsor last year.
In separate remarks, US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also took to Twitter to defend the couple, saying she had met and spoken with Harry and Meghan in England about their work on wildlife conservation.
“They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better,” she wrote.
Musician Pink is the latest celebrity to defend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, saying Meghan has been subjected to “the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while”.
I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The way people treat her 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? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.— P!nk (@Pink) August 20, 2019
The Grammy Award winner has now asked fans to “be a bit kinder”.
She tweeted: “I’m happy to see people coming to the defence of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“The way people treat her 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?
“Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.”
On Monday, Harry and Meghan posted a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Instagram, urging their followers to overwhelm the world with “little bits” of good.
It read: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”