Prince William Labeled 'Hypocrite' on Billboards After Royals Back Climate Summit

Prince William has been branded a climate change hypocrite over private jet use in billboards targeting delegates at COP26.

Anti Monarchy group Republic launched an advertising campaign to try to scupper efforts by the royals to position themselves as climate change champions at the United Nations backed conference.

President Joe Biden and other world leaders will gather in Glasgow from October 31 for crunch talks on reducing carbon emissions.

The royal family will also be out in force to give Britain a diplomatic boost as the country chairs the summit.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are all expected to attend, though the queen has recently canceled events citing doctors' advice.

However, delegates may find themselves confronted with billboards branding Prince William and his father Prince Charles "hypocritical" over their use of helicopters and private jets.

Graham Smith, Republic chief executive, told Newsweek: "The royals have jumped on this environment bandwagon. They need to be called out on it.

"They're supposed to stay out of politics, the environment is hugely political not least because climate change, dealing with it and cutting carbon emissions, requires some kind of cost and there's a huge question over who bears the burden of that cost.

"The biggest thing is that they are incredibly hypocritical. They routinely at taxpayers' expense fly by helicopter and private jet and they maintain at least two dozen large homes which are heated and staffed all year round even if they only go there a few times a year.

These billboards are going up in Glasgow during #COP26. You can help us get more billboards up around the UK by donating at #EndTheMonarchy

— Republic (@RepublicStaff) October 25, 2021

"The hypocrisy is quite stark and we just want to call them out on it. They can't get away with painting themselves as environmental champions.

"If anything it does cause a lot of harm."

Prince Charles has been campaigning on environmental causes since the 1970s and both his sons have since taken on the baton.

Prince William recently held his first Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace, in London, when £1 million was given to each of five winners for innovative solutions to the world's problems.

However, the royals between them took more than 94 private jets and 191 helicopter journeys in the year 2019 to 2020 using public money, according to the Sovereign Grant Report.

U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times accused Prince Charles of hypocrisy at the weekend after his charity, the Prince's Foundation, accepted donations from Saudi Arabian state oil company Aramco.

A spokesperson for The Prince's Foundation told Newsweek: "The Prince's Foundation is already undertaking a review into sustainability criteria for new donations. The review is ongoing."

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the Earthshot Prize 2021 at Alexandra Palace on October 17, 2021 in London, England. The prince has been accused of hypocrisy by campaign group Republic over the royal family's use of private jets. Alberto Pezzali - WPA Pool / Getty Images