Beach Baby! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Take Archie on Vacation to the South of France
It is the second seaside vacation for the family this summer — with their Africa tour coming up next
Archie Mountbatten, world-traveler!
The family headed to Nice in the south of France on a private jet and are reported to have stayed in a villa overlooking the sunny Mediterranean.
Their arrival in the French Riviera came just two days after they arrived back from Ibiza, where they took a break around August 4, when Meghan celebrated her 38th birthday. The couple’s office declined to comment on either trip.
The Sun, which broke the story, said the couple used a private jet for both trips, including a 12-seater Cessna plane pictured in the U.K. newspaper.
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.”
Last month, Harry, 34, said that the couple would likely limit themselves to two children and shared in an Instagram post on June 30 that “every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”
In response to the criticism, singer Elton John tweeted that he had supplied the private plane and ensured it was “carbon neutral.”
“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 on Twitter. “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.”
The Grammy winner continued, “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™,” he said. “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.”
The string of five tweets was signed, “Elton.”
This isn’t the only travel on the Sussexes’ calendar. They are also expected to use part of their summer holiday to head to Balmoral Castle to spend time with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family. Next month, they will embark on a long-haul flight to Africa for Archie’s first official overseas visit.