According to the organization, the environment is a hot topic within the royal family, following Prince William’s recent interview with the naturalist David Attenborough, and the corresponding environmental documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All.
Experts at Save On Energy created an index by ‘extracting and analyzing data on the royal family’s travel footprint, how many environmental charities they support, their attendance at environmental events, how sustainable their wardrobes are, how many of their social media posts cite environmental issues, and whether they use electric cars.
The royals were allocated points based on their eco-positive activities and deducted points for their travel footprint.
According to the company’s findings, Prince Charles is the Firm’s most eco-friendly with 156 points. Despite having the worst travel footprint, his social media posts, his support of environmental charities and his attendance at environmental engagements scooped him the top spot.
Prince Charles’ wife – Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall – took the second spot with 84 points, with environmental engagements and social media posts regarding the climate and pollution mitigating some of her high carbon footprint, and The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip (a.k.a. the Duke of Edinburgh) placed third scoring 44 Eco-Points overall, as a supporter of 40 environmental charities, and with a carbon footprint of zero.
With what Save On Energy described as ‘a positive sustainable fashion record and being vocal on social media about environmental issues’, Kate Middleton a.k.a the Duchess of Cambridge, came fourth with 29 Eco-Points, and the Queen was fifth with 23 points, thanks to her ‘commitment to 10 environmental charities, as well as having an electric car’.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, scored just 15 Eco-Points, with experts noting his high travel footprint.
Bottom of the list were Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with just nine Eco-Points each.
According to Save On Energy: “Sharing the crown of the least eco-friendly royals are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, racking up just nine Eco-Points each.
“Despite having been awarded points for owning an electric car and Meghan’s loyalty to sustainable fashion brands, Harry and Meghan engaged considerably less than others with environmental charities and engagements between March 2019 and 2020, which hinders their score. They also had the third-worst carbon footprint of all royals studied.”
Despite her overall low ranking, the Duchess of Sussex did nab the top spot for most sustainable when it comes to fashion with ’10 reported instances of wearing sustainable fashion brands such as Stella McCartney, Rothy, Veja, and Millie’.