Ellen DeGeneres, Pink join Elton John in defending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over private jet drama: 'Imagine being attacked for everything you do'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue to get slammed in the British press for nearly everything they do, they are getting support from some of their famous friends.

Both Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres defended the couple on Monday after news broke that they took a vacation to Nice in the south of France with their 3-month-old son, Archie, and traveled by private plane, which critics said was in contrast to their stance on protecting the environment.

John wrote on Twitter that it was actually his plane that they took — and they were traveling to his home. He noted that it was the best way to travel for their safety and the flight was carbon neutral. (Meaning a contribution was made to a climate project equivalent to the impact of the flight.) John, who was friends with Princess Diana, defended the royal couple’s commitment to environmental causes and called on the British media to “cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis.”

This led DeGeneres to speak out as well. In a post shared to Instagram, she said that she and her wife, Portia de Rossi, recently visited the royal couple to discuss wildlife conservation — something that the talk show host also champions. She described them as “down-to-earth and compassionate people. She ended her post with, “Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better.”

And Pink chimed in too, calling the treatment of the pair “bullying.”

These celebrities speaking out definitely haven’t helped turn the tide for Harry and Meghan. Commenters weighed in to call the couple — and the celebs — hypocrites and other names.

DeGeneres was told not to “preach” to her followers.

(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)


(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)


Pink also faced criticism over her post.

That said, some did appreciate their efforts as the couple is regularly the topic of negative headlines — whether it’s their purported feud with Prince William and Kate Middleton, Markle’s ongoing drama with her family or their pricey home renovation.

(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Ellen DeGeneres via Instagram)


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