Elton John defends Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan after their recent family holiday to France

Elton John has spoken out defending Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

The musical legend has taken to social media to defend the royal couple after they were criticised following their recent trip to Nice.

Over the last couple of weeks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been blasted over reports that they have taken several trips by private jet, despite being strong advocates for the environment.

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But now the iconic music star has spoken out in defence of the pair, who he explains need to ‘maintain a high level of much-needed protection’.

Alongside a sweet photo of the duke and duchess out on a meet and greet while on their royal tour to New Zealand last year, Sir Elton John took to his Instagram page to express his disappointment at the royal couple’s treatment.

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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. 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. 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 tranquility 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™ 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.

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‘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,’ he wrote alongside the snap, in which he tagged the pair’s Sussex Royal Instagram account, the account of his husband David Furnish and his own account.

More: Harry and Meghan share never-before-seen holdiay photo‘Prince Harry’s Mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends,’ he continued. ‘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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‘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 tranquility of our home. To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.’

elton john defends prince harry meghan markle holiday private jet

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Referring to the backlash about the couple’s dedication to the environment, the 72-year-old added: ‘To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™’.

The best-selling singer and pianist finished: ‘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.’