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Elton John has come to the defense of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the couple was slammed for their apparent overuse of private jets.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who are environmental campaigners – have been branded hypocrites for using private jets to fly to the south of France and Ibiza in just two days. But Elton John is not here for the negativity…

The 72-year-old Rocket Man singer spoke out on social media to defend the royal couple, making it very clear that he was the one who organized and paid for their private jet, which they used to visit him and his husband David Furnish in Nice…

“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,” Elton John wrote.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Well, there you have it. We wonder what the naysayers will have to say now…

And Elton John wasn’t the only famous face to defend the royal couple. Ellen DeGeneres also took to social media to share her thoughts on the “compassionate” couple…

“Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation,” Ellen wrote on social media.

“They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better.”

Pink also weighed in, referencing the “out of control” bullying Meghan Markle has faced during her time as a royal…

“I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote on Twitter.

“The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.”

What a great message!

We couldn’t be happier to see all these big names coming together to defend the Duke and Duchess!