Meghan Markle Gets Backlash for Taking a Private Jet Home From New York

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Can Meghan Markle ever get any slack? We guess not, according to this latest piece of news. After spending part of this week in New York for her baby shower, Meghan is getting hate for taking a private plane back home to the UK. Because apparently, a heavily pregnant duchess is supposed to fly commercial on a long, international flight -- duh. What would Prince Harry say about this?!

  • After Meghan was showered with gifts from her friends -- such as Amal Clooney and Abigail Spencer -- it was time to head home.

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    She was spotted heading to the airport in a black hoodie, a coat, and black leggings because the party had to end sometime, right? But the fact that she was flying private back to London didn't sit well with quite a few people. 

    Because here's the thing: The private jet trip to NYC and back reportedly cost $250K round trip, which is significantly more than even a first-class plane ticket from London to New York would have run her. But don't worry -- Kensington Palace has already confirmed that the plane was privately funded, which means that the good people of the UK did not pay for these flights. According to The Daily Mail, George and Amal Clooney may have picked up the tab.

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  • Regardless of who paid, some people are calling Meghan out for the waste of money.

    It is a lot of money.

  • And others think it could have been better used in other ways. 

    This is very true -- but it's not like Meghan doesn't care about other people. She's heavily involved in charity work (and has been for a very long time), so we definitely wouldn't call her a selfish person or feel like she's blind to suffering in the world.

  • And others were more concerned about what it would cost for her to travel with security.

    Fair question, if you're worried about where UK citizens' tax money is going. However, being that Meghan will need security for the rest of her life, does that mean that because she married a prince, she shouldn't ever visit her home country or have fun ever again because it would cost money to take her security detail with her?

  • And if the private jet was loaned to Meghan from Amal & George, it makes this whole discussion moot anyway. 

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    Can we really blame the woman for wanting to travel in comfort? Like we said earlier -- it's a long flight, she's very pregnant, and planes are uncomfortable even if you don't have a baby tap dancing on your bladder. And for security reasons, a private jet may have been a better bet. Freshly married to Harry and close to her due date, Meghan's a target. Why wouldn't she want to be as safe as she could possibly be? 

    We hope she had a good flight home and that she doesn't let the haters get to her. They're always gonna hate, and contrary to popular belief, she should get to enjoy a baby shower with her friends back home while she's expecting her first baby.