One of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s many causes is battling climate change. But they’ve come under fire in the past for traveling by private jets right after speaking about how everyone should do their part to reduce their carbon footprint.
Well now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are being criticized again but not for their regular use of private planes but for how many bathrooms they have in their California mansion while the state is dealing with a drought and enforcing water restrictions.
Meghan and Harry’s mansion is nicknamed ‘The Chateau’
The property Meghan and Harry purchased in the summer of 2020 is nicknamed “The Chateau.” It’s located in Santa Barbara County’s Montecito section. Some of their famous neighbors include Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and Oprah Winfrey.
The Sussexes’ mansion is 18,000 square feet and sits on five acres of land. It boasts a library, a sauna, a wine cellar, a game room, a gym, tennis courts, and an arcade. The home has nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, and that fact has one commentator calling them out because of what the couple has said about climate change.
The Sussexes branded ‘celebrity clowns’ because of how many bathrooms they have
Prince Harry and Meghan were labeled “clowns” in a piece written by Shane Watson for The Telegraph about celebrities downsizing from mansions.
“The easiest way to spot a celebrity clown or at least one of the ways, is they live in a 16-bathroom house, and there are two of them and two under five (see the Sussexes),” she wrote. “As you know — but let’s put it out there one more time because it never ceases to make us boggle — Harry and Meghan’s Montecito residence has seven more bathrooms than it has bedrooms. That is nine en-suites, plus another strategically placed seven conveniences. It always was an insane number of bathrooms but now California is in the middle of a drought, water restrictions are in place, and the madness of this sort of empty-room living is looking more clownish than ever.”
Watson added: “Let’s just pause to think about those redundant rooms for a moment. At a guess, no more than four bathrooms are in regular use, and that’s including the nanny’s.”
Harry was previously attacked for the same thing after giving a speech about saving water
This isn’t the first time the pair has been called for having so many bathrooms. When Prince Harry spoke at the launch of the streaming platform WaterBear he said: “Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop, and if every single one of us cared? At the end of the day, nature is our life source … But you can’t uplift, educate, and inspire unless there is a form of action that follows. For me, it’s putting in the dos behind the says. There’s a lot of people that say, but this is about action.”
After his comments, journalist Piers Morgan criticized the Duke of Sussex by calculating just how much water the prince and his wife’s 16 bathrooms use.
“Each bath, I just calculated this, each bath uses 4.5 million drops of water,” Morgan said (per The Express). “Their 16 bathrooms, if they’re used every day, would use 72 million drops of water a day.”
Morgan continued: “So when Prince Harry says what if every single one of us was a raindrop, well you’re currently using 72 million drops of water every day. What about taking some of that and putting that on, what does he call it, the parched ground? I don’t mind being a raindrop if it makes you feel better, I’ll be a raindrop. I would just take the raindrop lectures better if they didn’t come from somebody who uses private planes like a taxi service.”
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