Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caught the media’s ire last week after the eco-conscious couple were spotted getting into a gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade.
The pair, who are outspoken environmental activists, were seen getting out of a black Cadillac Escalade Sport as they made their way to an appointment in Beverly Hills on Friday. This drew criticism from several publications and users on Twitter, with The Daily Mail making note of the Escalade’s large 6.2L L86 V8 engine and relatively poor fuel mileage. The New York Post also drew attention to the couple’s apparent hypocrisy with regard to their big V8 full-size SUV, along with Express, and The Sun, among other outlets.
The Daily Mail said Prince Harry’s ride of choice was “yet another sustainability gaffe for the couple,” after he said last year that humans “are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us,” before taking a vacation by private jet later in the summer.
Twitter users piled on the couple, as well, with one Tweet, which attracted more than 800 likes, pointing out that Harry once said “every drop counts,” with regard to fossil fuels and inquiring as to how fuel-efficient the Escalade is. With 4WD, the Cadillac Escalade gets 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for a combined rating of 17 mpg. Rear-wheel-drive models have the same city and combined fuel economy but can get up to 23 mpg on the highway.
Remember that Eco speech where Harry told us “every drop counts!”…??? 🤣🤣🤣 I wonder how many miles per gallon does this Cadillac Escalade give…?? 🤔🔍 pic.twitter.com/5rZFQ8Ls1H
— Baroness Bruck (@BaronessBruck) July 12, 2020
The only available engine in the previous-generation Escalade is a 6.2L L86 V8, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic.
General Motors recently introduced an all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which will feature a similar 6.2L L87 V8, though a more economical 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbodiesel will be available in the SUV, as well. Something tells us a diesel Escalade won’t be enough to get the media off the couple’s back though. For that, they may want to wait for the Cadillac Lyriq EV.