Meghan Markle and Prince Harry win award for deciding to have no more children

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have won an award for deciding not to have any more children.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been named as environmental "role models" for deciding to have no more than two kids to reduce their impact on the planet.

Population Matters, a UK-based charity that campaigns for a "sustainable human population" said it had chosen the couple to receive an award for their "enlightened" decision.

Harry previously told British Vogue he and Meghan would have a "maximum" of two children. Their son, Archie was born in May 2019, followed by their daughter, Lilibet Diana in June this year.

Meghan and Harry have made no secret of their plans to be a 'force for change' in the world.

But the couple have had their environmental credentials questioned by critics.

Before the pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex used a private, 12-seater plane to holiday in Nice, South of France, in what was their third private jet flight in just eight days.

The trip by the couple and three-month old son Archie to the French Riviera was estimated to have created seven times more carbon emissions per person than a commercial flight.

At the time, there were more than 20 scheduled flights from London airports to Nice each Wednesday.

The flight came just two days after the couple returned by private jet to the UK from the Spanish island of Ibiza after a six-night holiday to mark the duchess's 38th birthday.

They had flown to the island on August 6 by private jet – making it three fuel-guzzling flights in just over a week.

At the time, MP Teresa Pearce said she was 'surprised' at the couple's jet-setting.

"Given the position they have taken publicly on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at," she said.

"It doesn't fit with their public image and the way they're so concerned about the planet and the environment."

Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe added: "Harry can't be preaching about climate change while jetting around the world on a private plane."

During their Ibiza break, Meghan and Harry stayed in an area overlooking Porroig Bay, where villas cost up to £120,000 a week.

One month before the trip, Harry had attended a summit organised by Google in Sicily where he delivered a speech while reportedly barefoot on saving the environment.

It was claimed the tech giant paid for his flights and a helicopter to a luxury resort.

A spokesperson for Population Matters said: "Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.

"We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family."

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