Yeah, yeah, being a beloved star basking in the warmth of the limelight seems like a dream come true to many. We’ve heard it all before. But, the concept of celebrity also seems like an anxiety-inducing nightmare rife with undeserving criticism and unavoidable exposure. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan probably couldn’t agree more.

Because when Harry and Meghan embarked on an ordinary, relaxing getaway to Nice, France, the social media judgement that followed was anything but nice. Thankfully, when chaos ensued, a slew of celebs had the royals’ backs in the most incredible way.

Being even remotely associated with Britain’s royal family, whether you possess the coveted blue blood or not, means millions of eyes will be latched onto you at all times. People are always going to have something to say.

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Well, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, have been forced into the brightest of spotlights for the past few years, considering their May 2018 wedding ceremony and the birth of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the following May.

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In August 2019, the duo felt the effects of public scrutiny take yet another unjust turn. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry blithely skipped onto a private jet in August, taking their then 3-month-old baby Archie to the South of France for a vacation.

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The new parents were surely excited for their little French escape, completely unaware that aspects regarding their transportation vehicle would upset nearly every tree-hugger on earth. That’s right, the royal couple faced repercussions because of their mode of travel.

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Stranger, Meghan and Prince Harry are known tree-huggers themselves, as they have many o’ times lectured the world about the serious ecological threats related to climate change. However, it was their contributions to the world that actually led to the outrage.

In July of 2019, Prince Harry welcomed environmental activists, as well as legendary mother of all chimps, Dr. Dame Jane Goodall, to Windsor Castle for a course on environmental conservation, which was run by Dr. Goodall herself.

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The prince announced his frustrations on the dangers of unnecessary plastic packaging, adding, “The good news is that young people…don’t need to be convinced that we must urgently intervene [to help the planet]. You are actively doing this every single day.”

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Even before all this, Prince Harry completed several conservation-based endeavors, such as as aiding in relocating 500 elephants in Malawi who were in great danger of being poached and working to rebuild Botswana’s rhino population. Meghan, meanwhile, carried an environmental agenda of her own.

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Meghan had a chat with Dr. Goodall in June of 2019, telling her “I’ve hero-worshipped you all my life. You’ve been my idol since I was a child.” Okay, okay, you get the picture, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex clearly have an interest in preserving Mother Nature.

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So it sort of makes sense as to why some people were angered by the couple’s decision to choose the comfort and luxury of a jet over a more environmentally conscious travel arrangement. British Member of Parliament Teresa Pearce didn’t hold her tongue.

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“I find this quite surprising, because it doesn’t fit with their public image and the way they’re so concerned about the planet,” the MP told The Sun. In fact, Prince Harry had stated just months prior that “every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”

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While the couple received heaps of criticism, their accused hypocritical behavior having been called “aloof,” other celebs like Daytime Emmy Award winner Ellen DeGeneres came to Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s rescue.

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In a kind-hearted, yet defensive tweet, the talk show host wrote “Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people.” She continued.

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“Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better,” she continued. Ellen brought up a point that’s quite relevant to current pop culture, as even the littlest snags in judgment are criticized heavily with virtually no remorse.

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Ellen wasn’t the only celeb to speak out against the backlash. Sir Elton John not only came to the couple’s defense, but he admitted that the two stayed at his own home in Nice, France, as well as the fact that HE provided the plane.

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In his Twitter statement, the Rocket Man didn’t hold back his feelings. “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week,” he tweeted.

Elton John, who performed at the duke’s and duchess’ wedding ceremony, announced that he felt obligated to care for and defend Prince Harry and his family. See, John was a dear friend of the late Princess Diana, who he believed was greatly affected by “unnecessary press intrusion.”

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Further, John explained that he provided the royal couple with a private jet to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection.” Him and his husband, David Furnish, “ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint™,” John continued via Twitter.

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Elton John wrapped up his spirited Twitter thread with “I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity, and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis.”

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Hopefully John’s wordy Twitter confession, as well as Ellen’s encouraging offering, softened the blow for these royals. Prince Harry mentioned in June that the couple would likely limit themselves to two children for environmental purposes. As a famous frog once said, it’s not easy being green.

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Though Prince Harry has dedicated plenty of his time to educating people on environmental conservation, he’s also done work with humanitarian charities, including his own charity, Sentebale, and he’s doing it all in the name of his philanthropic mother, the late Princess Diana.

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Princess Diana of Wales was the first wife of Prince Charles, but she was far from just a pretty face who showed up at Royal Family events. She contributed to many good causes all over the world.

She was heavily involved in helping sufferers of AIDS and HIV, traveling to countries ravaged by the disease doing whatever she could to ease the pain. But, the fight against AIDS wasn’t the only cause she took up.

Knowing how much of the world faced extreme poverty, she visited African countries to help feed children and their families. It was her work in the country of Angola, however, that was especially important — although seriously dangerous!

The nation of Angola saw a brutal civil war that lasted from 1975 until 2002. Over a million people died as a result of the fighting, but years afterward, the death toll continued to rise because of one particularly deadly weapon.

Those weapons were landmines. Nowadays, the military knows just how devastating these explosives are, and their use is highly frowned upon because of the civilian casualties they cause. So, Princess Diana did something about it.

Not only did she become a huge proponent of removing active landmines from war-torn nations, but it actually became one of her biggest legacies. Working with a group called Halo Trust, she ventured into active minefields for a first-hand look.

Her goal was to gain a thorough understanding of how landmines are located and then safely cleared away. And, as you can imagine, it’s a job few people are willing to put their lives on the line for.

Using metal detectors, workers carefully make their way throughout fields detecting the mines. They wear padded clothing and protective masks, but in reality, if one blew up in their face, the outcome wouldn’t be pretty.

This is one of the most iconic photos ever taken of the princess. She’s sitting next to a young girl who lost her leg in a landmine incident. It was accidents like this that stirred up so much motivation in her to push for drastic changes.

Diana’s involvement was so influential that many credit her with playing a major role in the passing of the Ottawa Mine Treaty, which 122 countries signed to ban the use of antipersonnel mines.

As you can see, Princess Diana loved chatting with locals and truly understanding what they were going through, and they showed the utmost appreciation for her willingness to listen. However, not everyone saw her actions in the same positive light.

At one point during her crusade to eliminate landmines, Earle Howe, the United Kingdom’s junior defense minister at the time, claimed he believed her motives were politically charged. Unfortunately, only months after Diana led the landmine charge, it came to an abrupt stop.

On August 31, 1997, the world mourned when breaking news alerted everyone the Princess of Wales was involved in a fatal car accident. However, there was one person who wouldn’t let the work she was involved with come to an end.

Prince Harry, Diana’s youngest son, knew the effort his mother put into her various charities shouldn’t go meaningless. So, he took the reins and got involved in the causes his mother held dear.

Prince Harry eventually became one of the world’s leading advocates in the fight against AIDS and HIV. He spoke at conferences to continue Diana’s efforts, and he even did it with the help of Sir Elton John. But, he also continued his mother’s legacy in another way.

He became a patron of Halo Trust, the same group as Diana, for the push to eliminate active landmines in Angola. With all the work Halo Trust did, Angola was soon one of the countries leading the way in landmine removal.

The prince wanted people to know landmines not only posed a severe threat to human life, but they could also destroy nature conservation efforts and wildlife. Interestingly, Prince Harry wasn’t the only big name who was involved with landmine safety, either.

Some Hollywood celebs helped out, too, one of them being Angelina Jolie. Also known for her amazing humanitarian work in third-world countries, she worked alongside the prince to help Angola.

While the Royal Family is certainly involved with serious causes around the world, that doesn’t mean they don’t have moments like any normal family. You might be surprised just how regular the most famous family in the world actually is.

Ever annoy a sibling just because you feel like it? Prince Harry is teasing his older brother with a rather large boa constrictor. It’s all in good fun… unless you’re William.

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When Prince William and Duchess Kate aren’t holding down the fort in Kensington Palace, they like to escape royal life by going on a holiday. After welcoming Princess Charlotte, the two went skiing. Kate surprised William with a friendly snowball fight.

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They may not be blood relatives, but that doesn’t stop Kate and Meghan from gossiping like sisters while attending a tennis match with the rest of the family. What we wouldn’t give to hear what they’re talking about!

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Long before Kate was the Duchess of Cambridge, she was just plain-ol’ Kate Middleton. She wore silky dresses like the one below and took hackney carriages (taxis) from place to place with her baby sister Pippa.

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The future queen consort might be the coolest royal of them all. Not only is she holding her own on those roller skates, but she looks like she hasn’t aged. Talk about good genes.

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Prince Charles might be 70 years old, but this photo shows he’s still a schoolboy at heart. He’s been waiting seven decades to ascend the royal throne, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon, so for now, this wall will have to do. Hang in there, Charles.

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This candid moment captured the Duchess of Cambridge catching the clumsy Countess of Wessex as she tripped while getting into the carriage. Good thing Kate caught her, otherwise that would have been a royal pain.

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Watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story has been like a real-life fairy-tale, and it’s only getting better. A photo like this really captures the dynamic relationship between the two. Find someone who looks at you like Harry looks at Meghan.

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Kate and William met while they were studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Who knows where they were going in this picture, but Kate sure does look annoyed with her beau. We feel you, Kate.

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Like we mentioned before, sports are a huge part of royal life. Unfortunately, the All England Club did not treat the Prince and Duchess well on this outing. The match must have been torturous to watch judging by their faces.

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Prince Harry has always been the goofball of the royal family. Here, it looks like he was participating in a charity event in place of — or without — his older brother Prince William. No worries, though: Harry made sure his brother was there in spirit.

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Kids are kids regardless if they have royal blood pumping through their veins. Look at little Prince Harry and Prince William enjoying a heart-pounding ride on the Nemesis at Alton Towers. We wonder if the brothers still ride roller coasters from time to time…

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And Princess Charlotte knows all too well that having royal blood doesn’t give her the power of endless energy. Being a royal kid is hard work, and it looks like it’s cutting into the princess’ nap time. Someone get her a royal blankey!

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Queen Elizabeth has sat on the British throne longer than any other monarch. That’s a long time in the public eye. Apparently, when the queen isn’t attending political affairs, she is outside catching snowflakes on her tongue.

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Kids love to stick their tongues out whenever a camera appears, too. Prince Harry might not be king, but he has always been the king of the silly-face pose. And he’s not alone. Even Princess Charlotte has been caught a time or two sporting this face to the cameras.

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Royal sunglasses must not be part of the event wardrobe protocol! Not even the duchesses’ fancy hats can block the sun from their eyes.

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Seeing how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting parents, it makes total sense that they have paternal and maternal instincts. It’s so endearing to see the pair interact with the youth of their country.

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Kate looks like she is having so much fun during her university days. She’s right in the middle of St. Andrews annual foam fight that welcomes new students. Even since college, Kate’s been a leader.

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Most people make this face when they meet Prince Harry, but he seems to be quite shocked himself. He better hold on tight to that tray of cupcakes before he accidentally throws them in the air.

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Curious from a young age, William was caught peeking up the skirt of the Prince of Whales during a fishing trip. We all know there are no fish up there, but William needed to check it out for himself first.

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A family that jokes together stays together, and William and Harry always make sure their family is in good spirits. Here they are in their younger days teaching the fam how to do the wave!

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William and Harry weren’t afraid to put down the suits and roll around in the mud at their polo match. It got a little messy, to say the least. But as much as the Royals are just like us, they also have a few strange rules that definitely set them apart.

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