Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Urge Fans to Follow Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have used their platform to put a spotlight on actor Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation by asking fans to follow his page. Some persons, however, saw hypocrisy in their words. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began an initiative in which they choose a different cause to focus on and promote each month. This time, they're raising awareness about environmental damage and climate change. 

DiCaprio's foundation is in line with the royal's efforts

As part of their efforts, the couple encourages royal fans to follow persons who are actively doing something for the highlighted cause. In this instance, one such person is A list actor Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Since 1998, the 44-year-old has used his foundation to push for protection of "the world's last wild places" as well as to increase climate change awareness and secure the rights of indigenous people. 

The actor combines his career with his humanitarian works

DiCaprio doesn't just ask others to donate, but he uses the platform created by his work on the big screen to bring awareness to his cause. He helped National Geographic film "Before The Flood" to draw attention to climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of the flim "Before the Flood" in 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of the flim "Before the Flood" in 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Back in 2016, the actor won an Oscar for "The Revenant" and in his speech he reportedly included some choice words hoping to inspire others to take steps towards making a change for the environment and helping indigenous people worldwide. 

The Duke and Duchess shared an urgent but positive message

In the post shared by Harry and Markle, they reminded their audience that "there is a ticking clock to protect our planet." They touched on plastic waste, fossil fuel emissions, and more. 

Prince Harry and Meghan at the baseball game in London's Stadium on June 29 | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan at the baseball game in London's Stadium on June 29 | Photo: Getty Images

A quote from the Duke revealed that he believes "environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth." The post was accompanied by a collage of various photos taken from the accounts they chose to follow this month. 

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As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach to shine a light on the accounts that are working towards positive change, for the month of July we turn our attention to the environment. There is a ticking clock to protect our planet - with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home - for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part. Quote from The Duke of Sussex: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet. Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.” *********************************************************** Please visit the accounts we are following this month for more details on how you can make great change and help save our planet. We can only do this together, and every little bit helps. 🌏 All photos included are from the above accounts

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The reception was largely negative

Although the royal couple encouraged everyone to do their part in saving the planet, they were met with intense backlash for the message. That's because of a recent report which showed that the royal family had emitted Co2 gases amounting to twice that of the previous year.

The comment section of the Sussex family's post was littered with persons calling them out as hypocrites and pointing to their excessive use of private jets. Many encouraged them to take more commercial flights as an alternative. 

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”It’s a particular joy to visit County Wicklow on this occasion and to receive such a warm and friendly welcome” - The Prince of Wales, on Day 1 of #RoyalVisitIreland. Today began at Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre, where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were welcomed by the President of Ireland and his wife, Mrs Sabina Higgins. Later, The Prince visited @coolplanetexperience, where children were making plastic-free alternatives to water bottles. Cool Planet Experience aim to encourage the people of Ireland to take climate action. Meanwhile, The Duchess visited Bray Women’s Shelter, who provide short term crisis accommodation to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. 📸 @pa

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While it's not only Markle and Harry who did a lot of traveling last year (Prince Charles and Camilla reportedly took the most trips), the pair got most heat as it totally contradicted their post. "Lip service as usual," one person wrote off the message as. 

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