Bloody hell, I thought. Moir is defending Greta Thunberg...!
But no. A couple of patronising 'bless her' paragraphs at the beginning but really it's just an excuse to attack Meghan, Harry and Charles.
JAN MOIR: Greta Thunberg could teach our royal eco-hypocrites a thing or two
Many scorn teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg, but she has won me over completely. This week, the 16-year-old set off from the UK on a 3,000-mile voyage to New York, where she will address the United Nations at a Climate Action Summit.
In some respects, it is gesture activism of the worst sort, making a go-slow journey to prove some specious point or other.
And yet there is something undeniably noble about Greta’s voyage, aboard a no-frills yacht with a three-man crew, including her father.
The poor thing got seasick just sailing around Plymouth Harbour. How she will fare in the hurricane season in the Atlantic, on a racing yacht stripped of any comforts, is anyone’s guess.
So bloody good for her. And, if the very thought of this plucky girl, complete with salt-sprayed pigtail, sailing across an ocean in the hope of a better world doesn’t inspire you to become a more vigilant recycler and all-round greener person, then shame on you.
Greta could certainly teach a thing or two to royals such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.
Public patience is wearing thinner than the ozone layer with this bunch of greater-crested, energy-guzzling hypocrites, who preach one thing in public while doing the opposite in their private lives.
Prince Harry has said he and wife Meghan are having only two children to save the planet — how very gracious of them.
Yet he sees no irony in reportedly having taken a private jet to speak at a Google climate conference and staying on a 390 ft superyacht that, experts say, releases into the atmosphere 3.3 tons of carbon dioxide every hour it’s at sea.
All to produce some hot air of his own — during his speech, he lectured that taking fewer selfies would help save the planet.
Meanwhile, Meghan has shared online ludicrous arty pictures of her hands cradling the trunk of an endangered elephant (I hope it’s his trunk) to promote World Elephant Day, while thinking it is also perfectly fine to take a private jet to and from New York to attend her baby shower.
And, more recently, the couple apparently took another private jet for a holiday in Ibiza, which just makes a mockery of their claims to be concerned environmentalists.
If it really is a global crisis, then surely they should act like it’s a global crisis.
Instead of behaving as though it’s an issue for which others must make sacrifices while they carry on as five-star normal.
No wonder the Sussexes take such great pains to keep everything about their lifestyle a secret. Exposure of the full extent of their climate change imposture might provoke a revolution.
Staunch environmentalist Prince Charles has tried to reduce his own carbon footprint. Crikey yes, one does one’s bit, doesn’t one?
However, the Prince finds flying first class ‘incredibly uncomfortable’, according to one biographer. It must be hideous.
‘Camilla! Camilla! That lady in the uniform just gave me a plate of tiny gold bar thingies. What should I do?’
‘Calm down, Charles. It’s only butter.’
Perhaps that’s why the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall regularly use private jets on official tours, which, in recent years, have included the Caribbean and Europe.
Meanwhile, the Royal Family made 204 journeys by helicopter from April 2018 to April 2019.
In principle, I have no objection to any of this. Security concerns and packed schedules mean that private travel is often the only option for senior royals on official business.
But it becomes more problematic when royal eco-warriors insist on the same when going about their private business.
Then it becomes painfully clear that their comfort, their privacy and their ease of passage are not going to be compromised for any green cause, no matter what they might self-righteously proclaim in their speeches or on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg is on board a zero-carbon yacht to America on a journey that will take two weeks — and, with no kitchen or toilet, this is no pleasure cruise.
Today, she is heading towards the Azores, where the forecast is for three-metre waves and winds of up to 30 knots.
Yet Greta has vowed never to fly again because of the damage it causes to the planet — and she is sticking to her promise.
How very different this stance is from the lives of our dear royals, whose idea of hardship is a glass of non-vintage champagne in a first-class cabin and the dreaded prospect of some peasant (shudder) taking a photograph of them on a normal flight.
They all preach exactly the same message as Greta, but refuse to apply it to their own lives — and seem to have no perception of how badly this plays with the public.
Especially those who save up all year for their one special holiday abroad, only to find themselves being lectured by a bunch of selfish, pampered gas-guzzlers deluded about their own impact on the planet and on us.
If the royals are going to be green, they could do worse than follow the example of Greta, who inspires millions of schoolchildren and has the courage and fortitude to live out her convictions. Not just to strike a pose.
The Mailites are suitably angry. They didn't quite grasp the 'subtly' in praising Greta in order to attack Meghan and Harry and instead just launch into attacks on Greta, a 16 year old school girl who's only agenda is to try and save the planet.
"Self righteous school girl"
"bog off home"
Again...a fucking 16 year old who cares about the damage to the planet...
Alan S, Northwich, 9 hours ago
Greta Thunberg is no more than a brainwashed child. It says so much about the ludicrous age we live in that she gets so much publicity and idiot politicians fawn over her.
Eve, Surrey, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
The media give this self righteous school girl far too much air-time.
martin, cheshire, 9 hours ago
She is an annoying, narcissistic self-appointed Saviour of the World and the whole yacht thing is a publicity stunt. Why did she have to go at all, never heard of tele-conferences?
Charlotte8, Surrey, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Ive had enough of this brainwashed child running the show. She looks about 12 and like a child who has done nothing but sit reading left wing propaganda. Do you know what I wish EVERYBODY kept their private views and their politics to themselves. I'm sick of being lectured by the liberal elite.
karlston, Nowhere, Åland Islands, 9 hours ago
I don't see a difference between Harry, Meghan and Greta. They're all unlikeable, arrogant, annoying liberals.
lady penelope2, St. Austell, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Shes a little girl for Gods sake who really cares what she thinks just the latest fad - look at me Im special - well dear bog off home