Wait, did Prince Harry already attend the Camp Google summit in Italy?

Prince Harry visits the Black Prince Trust in Lambeth

Yesterday, we heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not stop by Italy for the big Camp Google extravaganza, which sounds a lot like Davos, only somehow less substantive. I think the idea behind Camp Google is “Davos but make it lighter, with more celebrity guests and even bigger perks like live music and vacation-like amenities.” It really does sound like a very elite vacation with a handful of lectures from Famous Important People. Apparently, the Camp Google thing is happening now and it will go on for another few days.

Anyway, I wasn’t surprised that Will & Kate did not attend, but I am surprised that… Prince Harry maybe did? The Daily Mail said that Harry is “on the guest list” but “it is not known if Prince Harry will accept the invitation.” But Page Six reports this:

Prince Harry has added to the hot air at Google Camp — by giving a barefoot speech at the billionaire summer party in Sicily about the need to save the environment, Page Six has learned. A source said the Duke of Sussex showed up at the super-secret three-day event to give an impassioned lecture about saving nature to a crowd of A-list celebrities and power brokers, many of whom arrived in gas-guzzling private jets and are staying on enormous mega-yachts.

The prince covered the same material he talked about in an interview with British Vogue this week, where he said he planned to have no more than two children with wife Meghan Markle, the source said.

Up to 200 celebrities have descended on the island of Sicily, chartering 114 private jets to get there and tooling around on Maseratis between staying on mega-yachts worth up to $400 million, according to Italian press reports. The three-day event ironically is focused on climate change, but the world’s rich and famous will also discuss human rights, politics and online privacy.

[From Page Six]

I mean… regardless of Prince Harry’s attendance, did NO ONE think about the optics of the private jets and the mega-yachts all for a conference about climate change? How did not one organizer say “you know what, maybe we shouldn’t.” What was first on the conference’s agenda? “Why private planes are bad unless you don’t want to fly amongst the peasantry, then it’s fine.” As for Harry’s questionable attendance… IF he was there, everyone will make it about Meghan. Harry is too celebrity-driven now because of Meg! Harry is all about glitz and glamour because he married an actress! Blah. I mean, if he did attend, he absolutely deserves to be criticized because YEESH, this summit is like Hypocrites R’ Us. But it has nothing to do with Meg.

Prince Harry visits the Black Prince Trust in Lambeth

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  1. Cidy says:

    Ugh I called it. I hope he knows all his actions are going to blow back on Meg.

    • Nahema says:

      To be fair, they’re married and it’s safe to assume they’re in most things together or at least in agreement. We judge Melania to some extent by the fact she chooses to remain married to the Orange blob.

      IF Harry attended, then he completely deserves his criticism.

      This reminds me of the first episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, when Hillary is going on an open top bus to preach about saving the environment with a load of celebs and Will points out how ridiculous that is. More that 20 years later, the rich are still just making token efforts but don’t really want to inconvenience themselves at all.

      • Anners says:

        This is how I feel when Leo Di Caprio lectures the hoi polloi in being better to the environment, yet is always pictured on a private jet or a yacht, or hanging out in various exotic parts of the world. I mean, that’s great Leo, I worry about climate change too, but I only have one small house and take a vacation by plane once every couple of years, ya know.

  2. Becks1 says:

    Oof. That’s not a good look if he went. Private jets and yachts? Yikes. I hope its not true but if he went, I’ll side-eye him the same way I would have side eyed William if he went.

    • KittenHeels says:

      Every single one of the hypocritical morons who went could have done a f*ckton more by NOT going and donating some of their enormous wealth. But I guess that doesn’t make them feels like Gods on high.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup. These kinds of events are disgusting on many levels.

      • Mac says:

        I used to work for a very large environmental organization with several billionaires on the board of directors. Billionaires are busy people and these type of events are where they get a lot of the information they use to decide where to invest for global action. The networking also helps them sell each other on their pet causes. For most of these people, it has been so long since they have flown commercial, the idea never even crosses their mind.

        Harry has a foundation he needs to raise money for. This is an ideal event for him.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Mac that is an interesting perspective on it and one that I hadn’t considered (about Harry needing to raise money.)

      • Coz' says:

        @Mac I understand your point of view but as a coporate fundraiser for a NGO I have to disagree. I very often have to make the conscious decision of not getting into business with companies because they do not share our values and are, in the grand scheme of things, causing harm to our primary beneficiaries and society. My bosses have always back me up on this.
        Most serious foundations and charities have guidelines regarding their donors. It’s a question of integrity but also risk assessment. You can not get into bed with people or companies that might harm your reputation in the future.

      • Anitas says:

        @Mac
        Do you think in 2017 he was also there to raise funds for his foundation?
        Every one of those celebrity billionaires would jump at the chance to be associated with royals of Harry and Meghan’s status, he doesn’t have to pull anyone’s sleeve. Of course there are other ways for him to secure donations which would be more in line with his convictions, but then he wouldn’t get to take part in this echo chamber for the 1% who think they’re woke. The public perception of this summit and his attendance, particularly after his recent comments on the environment, is decisively bad and all media coverage is negative. And Harry is much more vulnerable to it than millionaires who don’t live off public funds.

    • Mignionette says:

      I am not sure he went. The Fail wrote exactly the same article about Bill and Katie the previous day then issued a retraction and then wrote the same article with Harry’s name in their place.

      Also the line about private jets is untrue….

      • bonobochick says:

        @mignionette I see you are as skeptical as me on this story. I posted my thoughts below but, yes, something about this just seems too convenient… esp after the Cambridges article about this event.

      • Becks1 says:

        I hope he didn’t go and this is made up. And you all are right – there is plenty of room to be skeptical about this at this point.

      • chunkyla says:

        This story broke hours ago and if it was untrue i’m sure Harry would get his “people” to release a statement asap denying his attendance because it’s very harmful to the Sussex brand. So far I haven’t seen any kind of statement on this from Team Sussex. The longer this goes on the more it serves as confirmation that he was there but he doesn’t want the media to know.

        Of course, there is still time to issue a denial but if they don’t by the end of the day then that as much confirms it without actually confirming it.

      • A random commenter says:

        Their spokesman has been quoted as saying “This is not something we will be commenting on.” If he wasn’t there—especially amid this backlash—they would have said so. Harry was there. Harry and Meghan were there two years ago as well. I am so disgusted with them right now, I can’t even.

      • chunkyla says:

        @A random commenter

        That statement actually came from Kensington Palace I doubt they even know themselves if Harry attended. What is interesting to me is there has been radio silence from Buckingham Palace where their spokespeople and the rest of Team Sussex are based hmmm….

      • Mac says:

        @random commenter – Harry is just doing his job. He needs money for his foundation and he has an opportunity to market it to the richest people in the world. The question isn’t why would he go, it’s why wouldn’t he go.

      • Susan says:

        The Mail has now gotten the Palace to say that they will not be commenting on whether Prince Harry attended Google Camp. Given that the day before they issued a denial to the Mail’s report that William & Kate went (resulting in a new article stating they did not attend), that’s basically an admission that Harry was there. Otherwise they would just do the same thing and issue a denial and and demand a retraction.

      • Enn says:

        LOL that Harry is just doing his job. Sussex Foundation got a donation from Disney before they even announced the foundation. Pretty sure there are better ways to raise money than a bacchanal.

        Spin, spin.

      • bonobochick says:

        KP and BP are not the same. It doesn’t matter what KP says about the Sussexes since they’re with BP.

        Also, BP seems to rarely comment on media accusations / stories so them saying they won’t comment actually isn’t an actually an admission.

      • chunkyla says:

        @bonobochick

        Actually you are wrong. Buckingham Palace released a statement a few days ago on behalf of Harry and Meghan rubbishing a story that they issued their new neighbours with a list of with ‘do’s and don’ts’ if they see them or Archie around the Windsor estate. If BP can issue a statement for that then they can issue a timely statement of denial for this which, in my opinion, is more important because the optics are terrible.

        I hate to break it to you but Buckingham Palace staying silent or saying they are not going to comment IS an admission.

      • Eloise says:

        Harry isn’t gonna say nothing just to get the heat off of himself, he is not a coward. He served 2 tours in Afghanistan and he can take this heat. If his wife has been burned at the stakes multiple times by the haters but the Sussexes still standing, Harry nor BP aren’t gonna refute nothing even if these stories are false.
        Secondly, until we see any pictures of Harry attending this camp, I’m not gonna skewer the Sussexes, I’m sitting and watching to see if there is any concrete evidence to any of these rumors.
        Thirdly, the Cambridges have been on tour for 2 full weeks, they flew to Mystique by private jet etc, where was all this outcry about how hypocritical the Cambridges are? I mean, wasn’t it in January that William, Harry and their dad collaborated with sir Attenborough? Wasn’t Willaim going on and on about how the rich need to stop polluting the earth etc? I’m still waiting for all that bashed Harry to call William out on his hypocrisy but all I’ve heard so far is how bad the optics are for Harry and Meghan, RME.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      From the article yesterday it seemed he had gone in a previous year BEFORE he and Megs got engaged?!?! If the Fail is saying one of them went who was it and when? First it was the Cambridges (with Harry going a few years ago, possibly with Meghan) and now it was def Harry this year. WTF

      Either way this camp is just bad PR for everyone! Sounds like some sort of Illuminati event.

      • KittenHeels says:

        Harry went in 2017, rumours at the time were she was there as well. Their camp hasn’t yet denied he was there this year, which doesn’t mean he was – but with the terrible optics, you’d think if he didn’t go they’d jump to say that.

      • chunkyla says:

        @KittenHeels

        I agree, I’m very surprised there has been nothing from Team Sussex either directly via a statement or indirectly via a sympathetic reporter like Omid Scobie. It’s currently 17:30 in London – the end of the working day so it seems unlikely a denial will come out today when they’ve had all day to say something. If a denial is released tomorrow then that is shady AF in my opinion because Harry could be home by then and seen there are no social media pictures of him at the event. It makes it much, much easier to make a denial more believable if there is no proof that he was there.

    • bonobochick says:

      It is interesting that there wasn’t the same energy in the comments on the Cambridges going or not nor about their 54k holiday.

      Anywho, this still smells like more of a pile on hit job because they media is being salty at being called out for their misogynoir over the Vogue guest editing. *shrug* I’m not going to get outraged unless there are pictures. For now, the timing of the sources is suspect.

  3. Enn says:

    I really hope he didn’t, especially on the heels of the Vogue piece with Dr. Goodall. I saw an article about the event a few days ago and my mouth was actually hanging open that everyone rocked up to the thing in yachts and jets. The elitism jumped out.

    • Catherine says:

      Yeah, talking about only having two kids to save the environment THEN going to “google camp” would be horrible optics. HOPEFULLY HE DIDNT GO🙏🏼

      • PrincessK says:

        Harry was asked a question and he answered it. At no stage was he issuing a directive that people should not have more than two kids. I wish people would not just read headlines. Harry speaks honestly and openly, do we want him to change that?

  4. A random commenter says:

    Optics matter. Giving a speech about the environment and conservation in this setting is plain bad optics. Who thought this was a good idea?

    • Erinn says:

      I think that’s the thing with Harry. He probably has good intentions, he knows a lot more about wokeness than he did even 5 years ago. He’s expanded his horizons.

      But I don’t think he’s there yet. I think she still has a way to go to understand WHY things like this look bad and are hypocritical.

      And it’s not Meghan’s job to babysit him, or even spend a ton of time trying to teach him. It annoys me when people hold her to his actions. But I think we all have to keep in mind that change doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t go from saying so many idiotic things to just magically being the standard of wokeness. I applaud him for changing and improving, but I think he gets WAY too much credit overall, and I can’t imagine how much privilege still would be clouding his judgement.

      The thing is – mistakes like this, if it DID happen – are pretty obvious mistakes. It doesn’t take some big PR firm to tell you that this is a stupid move.

    • Mac says:

      It’s an excellent idea for Harry to be there. If he has big plans for his foundation, he needs to network among these people and that is a lot easier to do when they are all in the same place.

      • A random commenter says:

        If you truly believe this trip was to support his charity, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. If he wanted donations from big wigs (and didn’t he just get one from Disney without resorting to this nonsense???) there are better ways to do it. No one is going to refuse a call or email from royalty—and calls and emails are a damned sight better for the environment than private planes and super yachts. No. Let’s call this what it was: an extended pleasure romp where the elite chatted about the environment for a minute or two so they could call it conservation.

    • Olenna says:

      Optics matter to whom? Royal watchers, royal detractors? The royals are a blip on most people’s radar. If optics were ever that important in recent royal history, it appears they only matter now if the subjects are Harry and Meghan.

  5. Eliza says:

    Harry and Meghan went in 2017. It’s not a new activity for them.
    Most celebrity climate changers are causing huge damage but think because they draw in millions in climate change donations it offsets their lifestyle: Leo is always the first on that list in my mind (all private planes and yachts).

    • Enn says:

      DiCaprio is one of the biggest hypocrites!

    • A random commenter says:

      Wait, what?! They’ve both been, seen the opulence and waste, and decided it was a great idea to go back? Im losing all ability to be charitable about this.

      • chunkyla says:

        Here’s a picture of Harry at 2017 event – https://i.pinimg.com/originals/9f/6d/a7/9f6da7764108d4640d0db699dc3019cb.jpg

        There is no picture of Meghan but it was rumoured that she went with him because she was spotted in London a few days later.

      • Purplehazeforever says:

        Why are people surprised?

      • A random commenter says:

        I’m shocked because it’s all off-brand. People who make it their global mission to champion conservation and environmental protection should have the brain cells to figure out that a splashy, celeb-filled luxury trip masquerading as philanthropy is off-message. Doing it once could be explained away (with effort) but doing it twice?

        ETA: when the Sussexes get criticism about being all flash and no substance, people will point this out. And they’ll be right! Why would you undermine your message so thoroughly? Did they think no one would find out?

      • Nahema says:

        @A random commenter – I’ve said this before and got torn apart for daring to criticise Meghan but I had the same feeling over the cook book. The cook book I believe made around £500,000 for the community kitchen, which sounds amazing. Keeping in mind that this is to support the victims of Grenfell, some of whom are still awaiting tax payer funded housing. Then the Sussex’s use £2.4 million of tax payers money to fund their renovations. That amount of money could have re-homed those still waiting and many more people too.

        Yes this is a criticism of the Sussex’s but I think the same argument applies to all of the royals. Their charity work is merely a token gesture. Some of them are just far better at selling the idea that they’re doing something, while others don’t make much effort at all.

      • Olenna says:

        I guess some people couldn’t resist dragging Meghan into this conversation. The rumor that she attended in 2017 is a Tumblr, royal blog and Twitter talking point for Meghan stalkers, so there went its credibility. The Fail couldn’t even confirm Harry’s attendance before (but we do have a fuzzy image, right?), but people are already outraged over his alleged (let’s use that smug, tired-ass phrase) “virtue signalling” this year.

  6. Jessica says:

    Not only the bad optics, but also the tremendous and very real environmental damage their jet-set lifestyle is causing. It’s not just that it looks bad. It’s that it’s ACTUALLY HARMFUL. It’s doing real damage, not just perceived damage.

    I like Harry a lot and I believe he is a sincere person, but this pisses me off. Everyone involved pisses me off.

    • Enn says:

      I’m also clutching my pearls that they hold a giant opulent bash on the ruins of the Temple of Hera. THEY’RE RUINS. They’re already fragile!

      • Jessica says:

        Yikes. Absolutely disgusting. These people really only care about themselves and their own self-aggrandizement.

  7. chunkyla says:

    Going to an island by private jet to mingle with celebrities and the 1% to discuss climate change is bad enough when you do it once. But to do it a second time is the highest degree of stupid and completely and utterly tone-deaf! Terrible, terrible optics here from Harry.

  8. Aurora says:

    They changed the story several times. First they said the Cambridges were there. Then they removed it and suddenly changed it to “Harry was there.”

    • Karen says:

      Yeah I saw that too. It was changed several times makes you question the sources credibility (mind you the dailyfail in my mind has none)

      • Anitas says:

        Of course the Daily Mail should have no credibility whatsoever, I wouldn’t trust them if they said Christmas was in December. But this has been reported by other media as well.

    • Becks1 says:

      And, when the Cambridges were supposedly there, it was covered differently. I saw a side by side on twitter of the two headlines and there was definitely a different “vibe” to the headline about Harry.

      That’s what gets me about this. Harry shouldn’t have gone. This thing shouldn’t even HAPPEN, at least not where it is, with all the private planes and yachts. But the tone of coverage changes dramatically depending on which royal went.

      • A random commenter says:

        I saw a couple articles that were nasty about the Cambridges going right after their luxury trip to Mustique. I don’t think there’s a different “vibe” to the coverage. Neither the Cambridges nor Harry (and by extension Meghan) should have involved themselves in this spectacle. If harry gets bad press because of it, it’s well earned.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh I definitely thought there was a difference to the coverage, at least in what I saw. But we can disagree on that point. I agree with your last sentence though. The bad press for this IS deserved.

      • Anitas says:

        You’re right Becks1, of course there was a change in tone by the DM: https://twitter.com/DMReporter/status/1156860483292581893?s=20

    • Mignionette says:

      Exactly ! They are waging a war against the Sussex’s at the moment and I suspect that initially accusing the Cambridges is all part of the strategy…

      • Anance says:

        I think of it a little differently. The Daily Mail got some info about the Cambridges attending this event and splashed it all over. The message was — forget about the Vogue issue, Will & Kate are favored by the elite.

        Will/Kate didn’t go b/c neither is interested in anything but their private lives. Harry went b/c he is actively campaigning for donations to the new Sussex Foundation. He NEEDS to rub elbows with the billionaire glitterati.

  9. Melissa says:

    Harry attended this event back in 2017. It hasn’t been confirmed if he was there this year. I wish people would understand that Harry has been hanging out with celebs long before he met Meghan. The press and Palace just protected him more. It amazes me how some people like to pretend like Harry is just some innocent little boy who has been corrupted by his wife and her Hollywood friends when you can google images of Harry’s past raunchy and ridiculous behavior.

    • toro says:

      i mean, besides serena, what other A list was friends with meghan? these are not her hollywood friends ( that would be priyanka chopra) these are her friends because of harry. a

  10. AB says:

    I’m not even saying that they should fly commercial (the horror!) But couldn’t they like, SHARE private jets? Or Google should’ve arranged more eco friendly transportation. Unless the entire conference was centered around creating clean jet fuel, the lack of self-awareness on this issue completely undermines any good work they might do. And yes I do mean the King of climate hypocrisy, DiCaprio.

    • Eliza says:

      There’s only lectures in the morning, but luxury amenities (like each guest gets their own private pool) and parties all night. After all that sun and booze whose really awake for the lectures? This is just an excuse to party on someone else’s dime and mingle different 1% communities together (tech and celebrity) in as little clothing as possible.

    • PrincessK says:

      Nobody knows how Harry got there and back.

  11. Mia4s says:

    The “alleged” list of attendees includes Harry, Leo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, and Harry Styles…

    …..

    Oh joy. We’re saved. 🙄

    • Becks1 says:

      Isn’t Leo in the UK now for the premiere? Or was this “camp” last week or something?

      • chunkyla says:

        I think it runs for a week and you don’t have to attend the entire thing. This years camp ends on Sunday 4th August.

      • Mia4s says:

        UK to Sicily on a private jet would be 3 hours tops. And he’s regularly been a hypocrite on the private jet thing. Wouldn’t be at all surprising if he stopped in for even a few hours.

  12. Anitas says:

    Harry’s virtue signalling is nothing new, why are we so shocked? The sanctimony of this sheltered individual has been showing for years. Like his comments about unconscious racism the other day, as true as they are, ring hollow because he did nothing to acknowledge his personal bias, it was all about the way ‘so many people’ are. Yet he gets lauded here and elsewhere as the woke prince! He seems better than he is because of Meghan, but he drags her down and makes things even harder for her.

    • Melissa says:

      I don’t think Harry is bringing Meghan down. They are both adults who make their own choices. I think the problem is that we are seeing more coverage of them. The media is obsessed with them. Harry and Meghan have always been outspoken. I think they are suffering from overexposure and should probably take a break from the spotlight before their tour this Fall.

      • bonobochick says:

        But the overexposure isn’t anything the Sussexes are cultivating but the media’s obsession with them. We didn’t see Meghan for like 2 months yet the rags wrote multiple articles daily about her despite no new info or appearances. That isn’t on her, that is on the media for not willingly focusing elsewhere.

      • Melissa says:

        The overexposure is not their fault, but the reality is that Harry and Meghan are going to continue to face scrutiny and ridicule for speaking on equality, feminism, racism, and the environment while still choosing to remain members of a privileged and unfair system.

        Most of the people who support the royal family are more conservative than liberal and the British press is largely conservative/right-wing. They are not fans of Meghan and she gets the biggest share of the abuse.

        I pray for Meghan constantly, and I hope this issue of British Vogue will silence her haters and solidify her power.

      • Lukwesa says:

        There are other people more deserving of your prayers.

  13. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Oyyyy. Talk about bad optics.

  14. bonobochick says:

    Are there pictures for this year’s event or just “a source” said from The Post? (which I believe is a Murdoch paper)

    If only the latter, I will wait for the former. No divide and conquer from the media for me.

    • Melissa says:

      No pictures yet of him being there and no confirmation from BP. There’s only speculation from the Daily Mail. If he was there, then I hope he and Meghan are prepared for the critics.

      • bonobochick says:

        @Melissa I will wait and see if pics leak. If the only specs or “sources” are the from papers that roundly trash the Sussexes plus coming off the almost silence from the Cambridges £54k holiday as well as the article that they didn’t go but Harry did, I’ll remain very skeptical about the veracity this story. Coming on the heels of the British Vogue pile on, the misrepresentation by the media about what Harry said about having two kids, and the backlash towards the media over their obvious racism towards Duchess Meghan… it’s a bit on the nose convenient for this story to drop.

        If there is proof he did go, it would be on him and not his wife.

      • Becks1 says:

        @kittenheels reportedly the house was 27k/week, so 54k for the vacation.

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    I’m going to need proof he actually attended. I see nothing on Sussex Royal IG about Harry’s attendance.

    • Eliza says:

      He went 2 years ago but it was never announced. Only a photo from a guest leaked. There’s not supposed to be any photos allowed inside so guests can have as much privacy as they want.

    • chunkyla says:

      Sussex Royal IG are never going to confirm he attended this thing. As Eliza has just said Kensington Palace never confirmed he attended in 2017 it wasn’t included in the Court Circular either. Only a sneaky picture taken by another attendee confirmed his attendance. I posted a link to the picture further up if you want to see it.

      • blue36 says:

        I saw that picture, it’s the blurriest photo I’ve ever seen – hard to actually tell if it’s Harry or not.

    • Susan says:

      The entire event is shrouded in secrecy. There will never be official confirmation. Every employee involved with the event has had to sign confidentiality agreements about who is attending.

  16. OriginalLala says:

    Harry and Meghan apparently attended in 2017 – it’s so hypocritical of all these 1% who live such wasteful lifestyles to:
    A) Think they have anything to offer about climate change (such egos!)
    B) Lecture us plebs about how to fix the climate crisis
    C) Show up to a “conference” on climate change in private jets and mega yachts

    I’m so fed up with these limousine liberals who actually don’t give a shit. It’s all virtue signalling.

    • Algernon says:

      Ed Begley can lecture me on green living all day long, he actually lives a green lifestyle and is trying to attain 100% sustainability. Ed Begley should be the celebrity face of climate action.

      • OriginalLala says:

        Ed walks the walk..so few celebs actually do

      • Moneypenny says:

        Yes, it CAN be done, but most celebs don’t want to give up the cushiness that comes with money and fame. They’ll think they’re saving the world by using metal straws on their yachts.

    • Becks says:

      Originallala, I completely agree with you. I cannot with these hyprocites and their faux “wokeness” 🙄

  17. Redgrl says:

    This wasn’t very smart, if it’s true. Also not smart – the $4000 Gucci dress Meg was wearing in some of the Vogue pix. I was very excited and about the magazine spread & clothing line, and then I saw the dress and thought “oh no – bad optics, and gives fodder to the critics.” They would have to know that going to this event is I’ll advised and that the Gucci was a misstep. If we’re going to criticize others for wearing that brand, got to be consistent. That was a misstep for her. If he went, that was a misstep for him.

    • Melissa says:

      The tabloids already criticized her about the dress. Meghan has been attacked about so much over the past 4 days that everything is starting to run together, and people are getting tired of hearing about this magazine.

      • Redgrl says:

        @melissa – I’m sure they have. It’s a shame. The magazine and the collection were – are – really good ideas. But the camp google business is absolutely hypocritical (if true) and coming on the heels of the Gucci is bad optics/naive. Put together and it looks even worse. Both were ill advised missteps.
        @cidy downthread – good points.

  18. Cidy says:

    While Harry might be more “woke” (or better hiding it) than William they are the same flock, they live their opulent, luxurious lifestyles and wont live differently. It would not surprise me at all one bit if he went.

    The both use their wives as shields, in different ways. Harry let’s Meg’s image keep him the “woke hip” royal and William let’s kate get called “work shy kathy” and “middle class” in the media so he can stay being average Bill whose wife’s family keeps him from doing anything and controls his life. And we fall for it over and over again. We drag Kate and Meghan over their clothes, and the way they talk and how much they work – while William is having public affairs and Harry is flying off to go to some google fest in ancient ruins with the upper 1%.

  19. Myra says:

    Outrage of the 1% using private jets is LOL! Outrage of the 1% hypocrisy is equally LOL!
    Prince Harry and Meghan are attacked for breathing the British air. Just another relentless attack to “put them in their place” They should’ve just taken the $27,000/week vacation with the private jet from a friend instead!

    • Enn says:

      Some of us like having breathable air, Myra, so we’re pissed about all of this excessive hypocrisy by the Google Camp attendees.

      But they should definitely lecture us about recycling and riding bikes instead of driving.

      • Myra says:

        Blah, blah….become informed. Your swatting at a flea with a cannon. If those 1%’ers had stayed home in their mega mansions they would have had the same impact on the overall greenhouse emissions…ZERO! Nothing will change until China and the US government step in and put in the proper laws otherwise…put your cannon away!!

      • Coz' says:

        @Myra Cool let’s not take any responsibilities as individuals.Let’s continue to buy plastic covered garbage, use our cars when we could walk or bike, eat the shit coporates sell us, use toxic products on our skin and our homes… I mean it would be too stupid to try and reduce own impact on this earth.
        Let’s not pressure governments and big companies by changing our own habits and consumerism ways. Because it had worked so well in the past when we let those guys make decisions.

      • A says:

        @Myra, being lectured to about the environment by a bunch of people whose wealth and power is probably going to insulate them from the worst effects of climate change while the rest of the global population, the people who don’t have their money and privilege, die by the millions, IS the height of hypocrisy. If these people gave so much of a damn, they should put some of those dollars towards lobbying to government to protect people who can’t protect themselves instead of going on a fancy vacation.

  20. Sassy says:

    Rich people partying with rich people why is any of you surprised.

  21. SamC says:

    Reading the list of attendees it seems more likely the leaders at Google wanted to hang out with celebs. Making them feel important by inviting a couple science types and giving the event a smart sounding name was the way to get them to show up. Climate change thought leaders this group isn’t, by a long shot. I’m sure now that there is public backlash there will be some big PR announcing the carbon offsets they purchased, etc.

  22. Guest says:

    There really wasn’t any proof he attended this year. Page six really isnt the most reliable. But the difference in the tone of harry vs the cambridges is hilarious.

  23. intheknow says:

    I don’t listen to or take advice from celebrities on my politics, my economy, my health and well generally, I ignore everything they are ‘selling’. Harry can preach about the environment all he wants, but he is no Scientist. My point is, the people who know what is truly going on (the scientists and other experts) are not at these events. They are usually not rich or powerful enough as they are in their labs working away to solve the actual problems.

    I WILL NOT consume less to rich arseholes can consume more. Bugger them. I want to say I am disappointed in Harry and Meghan but that would imply that I am surprised by their actions and lack of self awareness. I am not surprised. Also, 99% of the attendees don’t GAF about the environment, they are there to be SEEN. To network and to make connections and get richer.

    Nothing this lot says will influence any of my choices one way or another. I will make my personal choices based on my values and ethics.

  24. Marina says:

    Just one big circle jerk for the rich.

    • Moneypenny says:

      Exactly the right term for it.

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      ^^^ There it is, right there.

      When I read a description of the event, my first thought was, “Oh F**K off!” As so many have said, what a bunch of hypocritical nonsense. AS IF, any of these people give two sh*&^ about anything other than their bank accounts and attending ridiculous events like this.

  25. Powermoonchrystal says:

    I feel your post from yesterday Kaiser. You make one legitimate criticism of one of the Sussex, and suddenly is open season for all the negativity of posters just waiting to include Meghan and her unrelated charity efforts. Le sigh…

  26. Powermoonchrystal says:

    I feel your post from yesterday Kaiser. You make one legitimate criticism of one of the Sussex, and suddenly is open season for all the negativity of posters just waiting to include Meghan and her unrelated charity efforts. Le sigh…

  27. Zazu says:

    Let me add: the Cambridges are hypocritical and equally repulsive for flying in a private jet to a lavish resort, then preaching conservation at us.
    I’m just more disappointed in Harry because I naively expect more from him – maybe since he seems more passionate about advocating than Will does.

    • Redgrl says:

      @zazu – me too. That’s it exactly.

    • Kj says:

      @Zazu I get that feeling of disappointment to – and I now think what @Nahema said relating to this higher up is true, particualrly the last bit:

      “Yes this is a criticism of the Sussex’s but I think the same argument applies to all of the royals. Their charity work is merely a token gesture. Some of them are just far better at selling the idea that they’re doing something, while others don’t make much effort at all.”

  28. Cora says:

    I agree with Mac, from the comments.

  29. House Great says:

    This Post’s comments help me weed out the cambridge fans masquerading as pro-sussex. Or just folks who are jump first, investigate later.
    2017 trip was unsubstantiated (daily mail blurry picture)
    2019 trip unsubstantiated (daily mail and co.)
    This trip was initially about the Cambridges then got retracted. Then it was Harry, leonardo and Obama attended, then it was revised to remove Obama since he’s currently in the US visiting military families today. Check twitter.

    Can you fully trust the daily mail especially with regards to the Sussex? They printed false stories about Wimbledon, petting their dogs, how to greet them,etc…. They have no clue about the Sussexes but because there’s been positive stories on here about the Sussexes, we are all too willing to jump to the negative to justify the lack of criticism. Re Vogue editorial – it’s personal opinion in the end.
    I would hope the Sussex team understands optics better than the fans.
    /My opinion.

  30. PrincessK says:

    My question is that if the rich and famous wish to hang out together to discuss and brainstorm what they can do about the environment and other issues in privacy where their views and opinions are not publicised how do they do it?

    These people are a powerful force whether we like it or not and l believe that they must have done something to offset the carbon impact. Google is wallowing in money.

  31. CairinaCat says:

    You know what’s really bugging me?
    The fact that China is no longer buying our recycling. Because of the tarrifs
    Which means every week in my neighborhood and pretty much every other neighborhood, our recycling is going to the landfill.
    I called my city and other cities in California and other states to confirm, it’s going to the dump. Most of the country is NOT recycling right now.
    The recycling trash truck still makes a special trip, but they are dumping it in the landfills.

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, good for China for refusing to accept rubbish from other countries. We all need to reduce waste.

  32. A random commenter says:

    House Sussex is their brand, it’s Harry and Meg against the world. They are absolutely making decisions about their global brand together, so it stands to reason that Harry attending this conference would reflect badly on the Sussexes jointly. Does that mean that Meg or Harry are the devil? No way. But it does mean they still have some learning to do re: walking the walk.

  33. Becks1 says:

    I agree that this conference/whatever it is was a bad idea to attend, especially in light of the Goodall interview, but vogue was a really smart decision. the two things aren’t even comparable.

  34. Anitas says:

    I often wonder why charitable celebrities don’t collaborate with magazines such as the Big Issue whose sales directly benefit the disadvantaged.

  35. Anitas says:

    They’re not the devil of course. They’re just no better or worse than other royals when it comes to ‘walking the walk’. They all draw the line at changing their opulent lifestyle.

  36. OriginalLala says:

    We need to stop expecting true “wokeness” from people who are members of the BRF – they built their legacy on subjugating other cultures (and their own people) for their own gain. They thrive on, and enforce a hierarchy that keeps everyone down whilst propping them up. The only way to stop it is to get rid of the monarchy.

  37. Jb says:

    Agreed! But only when it’s positive it’s a joint decision otherwise it’s just Harry’s bad decision making. Both Megan and Harry have a ways to go before they “walk the walk”. Until then, I lump them with the rest of the Royals…they couldn’t care less about real issues as long as they still get to ride in fancy cars/boats/jets and be above it all.

  38. A random commenter says:

    Lala, you are so right. I got snowed by all the claims of shining lights and making real change. Silly me. Meghan and Harry are no better than will or Kate, they just put on a better show in public (usually).

  39. BayTampaBay says:

    If Harry attended Google Camp, this is just another example of many of bad optics by Brand Sussex. Maybe it is true that Sussexes will not listen to their hand-picked paid advisors.

  40. Lady D says:

    This column is the first I’ve ever heard about the Big Issue. Granted I’m Canadian but I have become familiar with a variety of British publications. I’m going to check it out now.

  41. Anitas says:

    It’s a magazine sold by the homeless street vendors who then keep part of the income. It covers various topics, but it’s not a glossy. At the time of the One Direction craze my friend said they should give an exclusive interview or similar content to The Big Issue which would see all the fangirls go out and buy it and directly help the homeless earn their income. I don’t remember any celebs ever doing that and I wonder why.

  42. Mac says:

    I think that is a great idea. We have a similar newspaper in my city. I wonder if one of our many celebrity chefs would do a collaboration. Perhaps if you buy a paper you don’t have to book a table a month out.

  43. chunkyla says:

    The British Royal Family’s links with The Big Issue.

    Prince William wrote an exclusive article in the December 2010 issue and gave an exclusive interview in December 2015. The Queen & Prince Charles have visited their London office’s a few times. Camilla, Harry and Meghan have all visited the Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh that employs and trains homeless people. Kate attended the World Premiere of the film about the Big Issue seller-turned bestselling author James Bowen.

  44. PrincessK says:

    Meghan was featured on a cover of Big Issue because the work she did with Grenfell, in turn benefitted many homeless charity food kitchens. I have a copy of that issue.

  45. PrincessK says:

    What was wrong with the Goodhall interview??