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Prince Harry, Megan Markle Criticized For Riding In Cadillac Escalade

Prince Harry, Megan Markle Criticized For Riding In Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is often associated with the upper crust of society, including royalty. Nevertheless, Prince Harry and Megan Markle recently drew criticism when they were spotted riding in the luxury SUV while out in Beverly Hills last week.

The royal couple has advocated for addressing climate change and improving the environment, and has spoken publicly about reducing carbon emissions. As such, the choice to ride in a Cadillac Escalade SUV is seen as hypocritical.

This isn’t the first time Prince Harry and Megan Markle have been criticized for their choice in transportation. Back in August of 2019, the couple drew fire for their use of a private jet, which was once again seen as at odds with their repeated calls to address environmental concerns.

The vehicle in question appears to be a 2020 Cadillac Escalade with the Sport package, which is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 (engine code L86). The V8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission (production code MF6).

The EPA rates the 2020 Cadillac Escalade at 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined when equipped with RWD, and 14 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined when equipped with 4WD.

Luckily, if the royal couple still wants the space and luxury of the Escalade, plus a few more miles between each fill up, the next-generation 2021 Cadillac Escalade is offered with the turbodiesel 3.0L inline six-cylinder (engine code LM2) as a no-cost option. Connected to Caddy’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox, fuel economy figures for the new diesel Escalade are not yet available, but according to Escalade Marketing Manager Dave Schiavone, the gains should be “significant” when compared to the gasoline-powered engine.

What’s more, Caddy is also expected to offer a new all-electric Escalade with upwards of 400 miles of range between plugs.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

8 Comments

  1. Perhaps Prince Harry and Princess Megan should not talked about global warming if they practice opposite of what they preach? But truth of the matter, I don’t know what vehicle this large like the Escalade already out as an Electric. So the choices are limited at this moment.

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    • I would want them in the safest vehicle out there and plenty of room for body guards, nanny’s and their child. Does anyone know if this Escalade have built in armor? That takes a lot of weight. What does the queen ride in that gets worse mileage than a Hummer? That’s right, an RR.

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      • They have armored Escalades that I seen videos on Youtube thru third party suppliers which seems to be several.

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  2. There are people who were born to whine and carry on about whatever perceived slight happened to draw their attention and this is just another example of that. The “critics” you mention have no names, no apparent credibility to enable them to be considered as a reasoned source for their comments. Where we all these people when Meghan and Harry were in England riding around in their Rolls, Land Rovers and other assorted grandiose British brands? Last I checked, none of those vehicles won any sort of fuel economy accolades lately either. I look to this website to provide USEFUL information on the Cadillac brand, not lame regurgitation of pointless comments from people who don’t matter. Do better.

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  3. People need to mind their own business, especially when they don’t know what they’re talking about

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  4. GM’s large SUV’s get a bad rap for MPG when in fact that are no where near as bad as people think they are. My E350 Benz averages 19 compared to the Escalade at 17. I’m assuming they have a driver, 1-2 security people for an event, and perhaps a personal assistant. That’s 5-6 people. Should they take 3 Priuses? In all seriousness, I have sold Escalades to some of the world’s most affluent people in Greeenwich CT. Most had some degree of armor installed. Guards preferred them as they have plenty of power and can run up and over curbs if needed.

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  5. go back to a carbureted, vacuum advanced, 454 and see what the numbers are.

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  6. Actually this is a good opportunity for Cadillacs PR Department. Offer them the use of one of the first Electric Escalades when they make it to market.

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