Riviera baby! Baby Archie is turning into a globe-trotter as parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get spotted out on their second overseas adventure with their 3-month-old son. The trio headed to Nice in the south of France on private jet, garnering withering criticism from social media users who accuse the pair of eco-hypocrisy.
Public officials have been critical as well. Speaking about their use of a private Cessna jet, British Member of Parliament Teresa Pearce told The Sun, “I find this quite surprising, because it doesn’t fit with their public image and the way they’re so concerned about the planet.”
They reportedly stayed in Elton John‘s home overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
John passionately defended them on Twitter, characterizing the “distorted and malicious” accounts of their stay as “deeply” distressing.
He alluded to Princess Diana‘s death, which he links to press intrusion: “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.”
Just a few days ago, they flew back to the U.K. from Ibiza, where they were spending Meghan’s 38th birthday. Next up on their travel docket is a tete a tete at Balmoral Castle with Queen Elizabeth and other royals, then off the Africa for an official visit.
Meanwhile, following several top-level staff defections, the pair have hired a top-level diplomat as their new chief of staff. Fiona Mcilwham will join a women-led trio, including communications secretary Sara Latham and deputy private secretary Heather Wong.
Mcilwham, 45, calls herself a “diplomat and wannabe supermum” on her public Twitter account. She was one of the U.K.’s youngest ambassadors ever when she was posted to Albania in 2009.
One of her first tasks will be in joining them on their tour of South Africa in Harry’s official visits to Angola, Botswana and Malawi.