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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been branded the least eco-friendly royals for 2019-2020 in new research by saveonenergy.com.

According to the organization, the environment is a hot topic within the royal family, following Prince William’s recent interview with the naturalist David Attenborough, and the corresponding environmental documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All.

Experts at Save On Energy created an index by ‘extracting and analyzing data on the royal family’s travel footprint, how many environmental charities they support, their attendance at environmental events, how sustainable their wardrobes are, how many of their social media posts cite environmental issues, and whether they use electric cars.

Most eco-friendly

The royals were allocated points based on their eco-positive activities and deducted points for their travel footprint.

According to the company’s findings, Prince Charles is the Firm’s most eco-friendly with 156 points. Despite having the worst travel footprint, his social media posts, his support of environmental charities and his attendance at environmental engagements scooped him the top spot.

The Queen was ranked fifth with 23 points (Photo: Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock)

Less eco-friendly

With what Save On Energy described as ‘a positive sustainable fashion record and being vocal on social media about environmental issues’, Kate Middleton a.k.a the Duchess of Cambridge, came fourth with 29 Eco-Points, and the Queen was fifth with 23 points, thanks to her ‘commitment to 10 environmental charities, as well as having an electric car’.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, scored just 15 Eco-Points, with experts noting his high travel footprint.

Bottom of the list were Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with just nine Eco-Points each.

Carbon footprint

According to Save On Energy: “Sharing the crown of the least eco-friendly royals are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, racking up just nine Eco-Points each.

“Despite having been awarded points for owning an electric car and Meghan’s loyalty to sustainable fashion brands, Harry and Meghan engaged considerably less than others with environmental charities and engagements between March 2019 and 2020, which hinders their score. They also had the third-worst carbon footprint of all royals studied.”

Despite her overall low ranking, the Duchess of Sussex did nab the top spot for most sustainable when it comes to fashion with ’10 reported instances of wearing sustainable fashion brands such as Stella McCartney, Rothy, Veja, and Millie’. 

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.