Singer Elton John has defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over their use of private jets after stories in the media criticised them.
The star says he provided Harry and Meghan and their baby son Archie with a private flight to "maintain a high level of much-needed protection".
He hit back at what he called "these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character".
The couple have faced mounting criticism after reportedly taking four private jet journeys in 11 days rather than opting for commercial flights, despite speaking out on environmental issues.
Buckingham Palace earlier declined to comment.
Elton wrote on Twitter on Monday. "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.
"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. Elton."
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