"Just Call Me Harry" Duke Says In First Speech Back In UK
After returning to Britain without his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke of Sussex arrived in Edinburgh by train. Now having dropped his royal title, Harry hosted a summit for his new eco-friendly travel partnership, 'Travalyst.'
This comes after Harry faced media criticism in the last six months over his use of private jets while he simultaneously campaigned on ecological issues.
After embarking on his last round of engagements as a senior working royal, Harry has launched a new eco-friendly travel company in Edinburgh.
Harry, who will officially step down from his senior royal position at the end of March, was in the Scottish capital for a 'working summit' related to the new Travalyst partnership. The newly launched project will feature a grading system with which users can track their carbon emissions when they travel.
Harry arrived in Edinburgh after flying from Canada to Britain on a commercial flight and then used an eco-friendly LNER train to his final destination.
Before Harry took the stage at the summit, the host, Ayesha Hazarika said:
"He's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big warm, Scottish welcome to Harry."
"Yes. I did say His Royal Highness Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, but he would like you to call him Harry."
Hazarika said that when she was introduced to Harry she was worried about what to call him but in response he said:
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"Harry, just call me Harry."
The launch comes not long after Harry and Meghan received media criticism for their use of private jets while simultaneously speaking out on environmental issues. The couple came under fire last year for taking four private jets in a matter of 11 days, rather than choosing to use commercial flights.
Harry told the guests at the Edinburgh International Conference Center:
"'We believe travel is a good thing. It is the heart of human experience, of cultural connections, and of new friendships. It is predicted that tourism will reach over 1.8 billion travelers by 2030. If we do not act, and in large part get ahead of this inevitable surge, this massive increase will mean we see more of the world's beautiful destinations closed or destroyed...which has a huge impact on communities and reduces tourism opportunities. But we are here to find ways to make sure that does not happen."
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