Prince Charles Flew 16,000 Miles In Just 11 Days Using Three Private Jets And One Helicopter Before Proudly Posing With Greta Thunberg In Davos

  • Date: 26/01/20
  • Mail on Sunday

Prince Charles was last night facing embarrassment after taking a series of private jet flights while lecturing world leaders about climate change.

On a trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, the Prince met activist Greta Thunberg and used an electric Jaguar car to travel to the Swiss resort.

But the MoS can reveal that in the 11 days before his high-profile appearance, Charles took three flights on private jets for official Government business and one on a helicopter.

After his speech last Wednesday, during which he urged world leaders to take ‘bold and imaginative action’ on the environment, he took a fourth jet to Israel for an official trip. 

Prince Charles meeting climate activist Greta Thunberg after he gave a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Prince pointedly used an electric Jaguar executive car to travel through the Alps to the Swiss ski resort
Prince Charles meeting climate activist Greta Thunberg after he gave a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Prince pointedly used an electric Jaguar executive car to travel through the Alps to the Swiss ski resort

Taking into account an additional five so-called ‘empty-leg’ flights required to collect the Prince, his jet and helicopter travel totalled more than 16,000 miles in less than a fortnight at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £280,000.

The type of private jet used by Prince Charles. A Bombardier Global Express (model shown above) flew 944 miles from Austria to collect the Prince from his Birkhall residence in Scotland a the beginning of the string of flights on January 11
The type of private jet used by Prince Charles. A Bombardier Global Express (model shown above) flew 944 miles from Austria to collect the Prince from his Birkhall residence in Scotland a the beginning of the string of flights on January 11

Last night, a Clarence House spokesman said: ‘Global travel is an inescapable part of the Prince’s role as a senior member of the Royal Family representing the UK overseas.

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