Meghan Markle has reportedly taken a commercial flight to the United States.
The reason for the Duchess of Sussex’s trip is to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open.
Valentine Low, a journalist at The Times, announced the visit on Twitter at 7:43am this morning.
Exclusive: Meghan is flying to New York this morning to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open. Flying commercial!
— Valentine Low (@valentinelow) September 6, 2019
"It is a last-minute trip,” a source told the publication. “Excited to support her friend, and then come back.”
Williams will compete in the US Open finals match tomorrow at 9pm UK time.
The tennis player qualified for the tournament last night, after beating Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals in a match which finished at 1am UK time.
It is believed Duchess Meghan stayed up late to watch the match, according to the Times report. Her flight took place less than seven hours after the match ended.
The Duchess is a close friend to Williams, whom she met during a charity football tournament in February 2014.
The tennis player attended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding in May 2018, and more recently Markle was spotted cheering on her friend at Wimbledon.
Markle’s choice of a commercial flight comes in the wake of the recent private jet furore surrounding the Sussexes.
Still, the fleeting nature of the trip has invited some criticism on Twitter, with one user calling the flight “frivolous”. Air travel is a key contributor to your carbon footprint, according to environment experts.
It would be better if she didn't fly at all.
We must stop frivolous flying.
— Dr Jennifer Rudd (@jruddchemist) September 6, 2019
#meghanmarkle The Duchess of Virtue has just taken a last minute flight to go and parade her gratuitous privilege at the US Open tennis finals.Make sure you're all paying attention when she next lectures you all on your carbon footprints.🐏🐑
— damianslaughter (@druid1111) September 6, 2019
The Duke of Sussex has previously said he and Meghan will have a maximum of two children in a bid to protect the planet.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Yahoo UK’s request for comment.