Prince Harry is believed to have been one of the 300 guests attending the secretive Google Camp gathering, taking place every year in the Italian island of Sicily. The Duke of Sussex is said to have given a rousing speech in bare feet to a crowd of A-listers while in Sicily.
But, while confirming with words his desire to protect the environment and slash the impact humans have on the world, the prince has been criticised alongside with other guests for the massive pollution created by simply heading to the ancient Greek city of Selinunte.
BBC journalist Andrew Neil pointed out the irony of taking part in a gathering where global warming is being discussed by flying in with private jets.
He wrote on Twitter: “Scores of celebrities and the rich have arrived in Sicily for a Google conference.
“They came in 114 private jets and a flotilla of super yachts. The conference is on global warming.”
The tweet received more than 42,000 likes and was shared more than 17,000 times within just hours.
Many agreed with the BBC journalist.
One wrote: “This isn’t about global warming. It’s about being seen, rubbing elbows and planning upcoming movies and acting, making it look like they care about environment.
“Bunch of hypocrites. They would never give up their ‘toys’.”
Another simply said: “Do as I say not as I do – Hypocrisy”.
And a third openly mentioned Prince Harry, saying: “Harry’s just thinking of a new woke label to explain his participation: Unconscious privilege?”
The figure of 114 private jets flying in for the conference has been confirmed by local newspaper Giornale di Sicilia.
Andrew Neil criticised those heading to the gathering in Sicily by private jets
On July 28 alone, 40 private flights have landed at Sicily’s Falcone Borsellino airport, and a total of 114 private jets are scheduled to be arriving until August 4, the final day of Google Camp, according to the paper.
Guests are not only discussing human rights, politics and online privacy alongside climate change, but are also enjoying a stay at the lavish Verdura resort.
The exclusive location features two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis academy and one of the largest spa complexes in all of Europe on its over one mile of private coastline.
This is the fourth year Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin choose Sicily as the base for their Camp.
On the final night of the gathering, Google usually spends almost $100,000 renting the 2,500-year-old Valley of the Temples ruins, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1997, for a concert and sit-down meal.
Among this year’s guests are believed to be singer Harry Styles, model Naomi Campbell and actor Bradley Cooper.
Prince Harry has recently discussed climate change and ways to protect the planet from the impact of humans with Dr Jane Goodall, the world-famous conservationist.
The Duke has attended one of her lectures on the grounds of Windsor Castle, a 10-minute drive away from Frogmore Cottage.
And he later interviewed her for an article featured in the September issue of British Vogue, co-edited by his wife Meghan Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also focused their social media attention across the whole month of July on the environment, following on Instagram only individuals, charities and associations they deem outstanding in their effort to improve the people’s impact on the planet.
However, they came under fire after the Royal Family’s new financial report highlighted the Royal Households’ emissions doubled last year.
Buckingham Palace told Express.co.uk they “would not be commenting on this”.