The Duke of Sussex today began his final engagement as a senior working royal company when he set up a new environmentally friendly travel agency in Edinburgh – and asked the delegates to “just call him Harry.”
Prince Harry, who will retire as a senior royal member in less than five weeks, is in the Scottish capital for a “working summit” of the Travalyst partnership, with an assessment system for users to track their CO2 emissions.
Before taking the stage today, host Ayesha Hazarika, a former labor adviser and broadcaster, told delegates: “He has made it clear that we should all call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give Harry a warm Scottish welcome. “
He told the Edinburgh International Conference Center event that Scotland’s industry was at the forefront of greening the industry and said it could set an example for the rest of the UK and the world.
Harry said: “We want to hear truths and perspectives from the entire industry. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, a lot of good work has already been done. But our research shows again that many of these efforts have failed to achieve consumer conscientiousness. ”
Harry, 35, who entered the UK from his new home in Canada, will return to London later today before visiting the Abbey Road Studios on Friday to record a new song for his Invictus Games with rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
The duke arrived by train last night in the Scottish capital after being stung by criticism of his frequent use of private jets while campaigning on environmental issues and climate change.
The Duke of Sussex is being hugged today at a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Center
He simply wanted to be tackled like Harry and said that Scotland’s industry was at the forefront of greening the industry
Prince Harry smiles this morning at the Travalyst Summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Center
The Duke of Sussex speaks today with a woman at the tourist summit in the Edinburgh International Conference Center
The Duke of Sussex is in Edinburgh today for a “working summit.” He will retire as a senior royal in less than five weeks
The duke speaks to delegates today at the Edinburgh International Conference Center Summit on Sustainable Tourism
The Duke of Sussex is listening today at the Edinburgh International Conference Center Summit on Sustainable Tourism
Harry and Meghan travel this year so far and where they are expected to go in February and March
Harry and wife Meghan were criticized in August after four private jet journeys in 11 days, instead of opting for commercial flights, despite the fact that they spoke about environmental issues
The launch of Travalyst last September was overshadowed by an ongoing controversy over the luxury world trotting of Sussexes – including a mini-break at Sir Elton John’s mansion, southern France.
At the Edinburgh International Conference Center today, Harry said to the guests: “We believe that traveling is a good thing. It is the heart of human experiences, of cultural connections and of new friendships.
“It is a global powerhouse that employs hundreds of millions of people, keeps culture alive, protects some of the world’s most valuable spaces and introduces us to people, places and wildlife that we only ever see on a screen have seen. “
He added: “Tourism is predicted to reach more than 1.8 billion travelers by 2030. If we do nothing and largely anticipate this inevitable wave, this huge increase means that we see more of the world’s most beautiful destinations closed or destroyed, more communities overwhelmed, more beaches closed for pollution, and animals and animals driven out of their natural habitat , which has a huge impact on communities and reduces tourism opportunities. But we are here to find ways to ensure that this does not happen. “
The duke also said, “We must work together … to upscale the good practices that are already being used around the world.” Scotland is a good example of what we mean. Scotland’s intention is a holistic ambition that can be adopted in the UK and even around the world.
‘Scotland is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations worldwide and is at the forefront of a more sustainable approach. That is why your understanding of these issues is so incredibly valuable. “
Harry said today to delegates in Edinburgh: “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, a lot of good work has already been done”
The Duke of Sussex spoke this morning at the Travalyst conference in Edinburgh to promote sustainable tourism
Prince Harry laughs when he arrives for a sustainable tourism summit in Edinburgh to speak with a group of delegates
The Duke of Sussex said today to delegates: “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, a lot of good work has already been done. But our research shows once again that many of these efforts have failed to reach consumers’ conscientiousness. “
Harry arrived at London’s King Cross at Waverley Station in Edinburgh at 6:22 pm yesterday and was less happy to see waiting photographers.
Host Ayesha Hazarika, a former labor adviser and broadcaster, tweeted a photo of her with Harry today
Fortunately for him, LNER, the train company operating the route to Scotland, says his new trains are among the lowest carbon options for journeys between London and Edinburgh.
Travalyst has brought together some of the largest operators in the travel industry – including Visa, Booking.com and Skyscanner – to help travelers more easily choose low-carbon options and choose destinations that bring greater benefits to local communities.
Today’s work summit, in which 100 representatives of the Scottish tourism industry participate, is designed to test some early plans of the consortium.
It is the first time that he has been officially seen in the UK since mid-January when he participated in a Rugby World Cup event at Buckingham Palace.
And it will also be his first public appearance, as he and Meghan posted an extraordinary statement on their personal website Friday night, hit the royal family and attacked the decision to prohibit them from using their Sussex Royal branding after a step back of public life.
The couple had fought privately against the move, it is understood, which is a blow to their future business plans.
Last month they launched their new sussexroyal.com website and registered their new charity foundation under the name ‘SussexRoyal’.
In what is widely seen as a bitter and “childish” rumor about their departure, the couple said they wanted to “clarify” the conditions for their departure before their official departure on March 31.
They claimed that the queen and the British government had no “jurisdiction” over the use of the word “royal” abroad, although the queen is the head of state in Canada.
At the top of the travel industry, Harry will speak for a few opening remarks today, but the rest of the day has been marked by his team as “private.”
One of the first proposals of the partnership is a guide to ‘scoring’ sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry, with a focus on accommodation and aviation, which are easy for travelers to understand.
A spokesperson for the Travalyst partnership said: “Our ambition is to transform travel and tourism in such a way that every vacation person he books has a positive impact and better protects the destinations and communities he visits.
“Whether it’s the activities that people do, where they stay or how they get there, we’re looking for ways to make it easier for everyone to choose and for the industry to offer more targeted and sustainable options.”
Prince Harry arrives at Edinburgh Waverley train station last night for his Travalyst engagements in the city this morning
Prince Harry wears his own suit yesterday through Edinburgh Waverley (left) after arriving with his team (right)
Prince Harry was pictured when he arrived in Waverley in Edinburgh last night with a black coat and a cap on
Meghan Markle will appear in London with her husband for an award ceremony for ill and wounded military personnel on March 5, but it is unclear whether she and baby Archie are flying over with Harry or are still in Canada.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the theater in London last night and it is not yet clear whether or not Harry intends to meet Harry with his brother and sister-in-law in the coming days.
His involvement with Travalyst was announced last year because the Sussex people were criticized for using private jets, despite the fact that they regularly undermine their ecological qualifications. This included four trips in just 11 days in August.
Countdown to Megxit: the last seven engagements from Harry and Meghan
February 26: Travelyst conference in Edinburgh (Harry)
February 28: Invictus Games choir (Harry)
March 5th: Endeavor Fund Awards (Harry and Meghan)
6 March: Silverstone Experience (Harry)
March 7th: Mountbatten Festival (Harry and Meghan)
8 March: International Women’s Day (Meghan)
9th of March: Commonwealth Service (Harry and Meghan)
The duke and duchess would also have flown to Florida for a JP Morgan conference in Miami on February 6 with the bank’s private jet from Vancouver.
In Edinburgh, Harry will organize a summit with around 100 people from the tourism and travel industry to test accommodation, aviation and travel experience plans.
The trip will be in addition to six other planned engagements of the couple in Britain over a two-week period as they prepare to resign as senior royals.
The palace was asked if Harry was back in the UK and how he was traveling from Canada.
Harry and Meghan close their Buckingham Palace office, making up to 15 staff redundant, but a small team will continue to work on Travalyst.
Former press officer James Holt and former assistant-private secretary Heather Wong, a long-standing policy adviser to Harry, will both be employed.
The employees will be privately employed in London to master the Travalyst initiative for Harry and will operate separately from the Royal Household.
When Harry launched Travalyst in Amsterdam last September, he defended his repeated use of private jets and claimed he needed them for the safety of his family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Victoria International Airport in Canada on February 14
He was accused of hypocrisy for using charter flights six times in the summer, urging the public to reduce his carbon footprint.
During the event, he refused to apologize for private flights to Italy, France, and Spain, saying: “I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world.
What is the Travalyst initiative and why was it launched?
Travalyst is a global project to encourage the tourism industry to become more sustainable and to make ecological choices easier for travelers.
Prince Harry has worked for three years on the initiative that he hopes will improve the conservation and protection of the environment and help increase the economic benefits of tourism for local communities.
The Duke of Sussex and the co-founders of the project – Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa – want to set in motion a movement of like-minded companies and organizations to make the future of travel more sustainable.
The long-term initiative is aimed at tackling the impact of the travel industry on climate change, improving nature conservation and protecting the environment in top tourist spots around the world.
The Duke said on Instagram that the name is a mix of the words’ travel ‘and’ catalyst ‘, and adds that it comes from’ seeing our role in sustainable travel as catalysts for positive changes in travel speed up’.
He added: “#Travalyst aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and to help communities well into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmentally friendly choices while traveling.”
It aims to increase the amount of tourist money that goes to local communities and to find answers to over-tourism.
In 2018, the number of international journeys worldwide reached 1.4 billion, a number two years faster than originally projected by the United Nations tourist office, the World Tourism Organization.
According to the World Bank, the number of journeys made annually by people around the world has more than doubled since 2000.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism spent $ 8.8 trillion in the global economy in 2018.
In ten years, the number of tourists visiting countries in emerging markets will reach 1 billion annually, representing 57 percent of all international travel, the UN agency said.
Sunshine Sachs, an American public relations company, has assisted the palace’s press office with the project and has maintained contact with the US media and US companies that are part of the program.
“Occasionally there must be a chance [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family is safe – it is that simple.
‘For me it’s all about balance. It is not a decision that I would like to make, but if I have to do that, I will ensure that I am balancing the impact that I have. “
Despite his comments, analysis at the time of the well-known flights of Harry and Meghan since their marriage in May 2018 revealed six of the ten return flights they made with a private jet: 60 percent of the total.
Harry rejected concerns about his ecological footprint by insisting that he “offset” his emissions by donating to sustainable energy incentives and planting trees.
Sir Elton John said he did this on behalf of the prince when he provided a private plane in August to fly him and Meghan to his home in southern France.
The prince said: ‘I have always compensated for my CO2. What is CO2 compensation? So many people there hear about it, but know nothing about it. In my mind this is the right thing to do.
“We have to make it cool. But it can’t just be a ticking box. Somehow we have to put people in touch with that little bit of extra money.
“The moment you have that connection, you feel that you have a greater purpose in life, you can see the difference that you make.”
Harry added at the time: “I have learned that we cannot ignore the idea of doing something just because we cannot do everything. We can all do better. And although no one is perfect, we are all responsible for our own individual impact. “
A trip last July saw the sixth in line for the throne flying on a private jet to Sicily to give a speech at “Google Camp.”
He also took a vacation to Ibiza and Nice last August with his wife and son who produced 82 tons of CO2. That is the equivalent of the emissions of 17 cars over a whole year.
Sir Elton and other celebrities at that time weighed in to defend the royal couple and said private jets were their best option in terms of privacy and security.
In the same month, however, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw photographed flying with their children on a budget flight from Norfolk to Scotland.
The Sussexes also made several transatlantic crossings between Canada and the United Kingdom in January at an expected cost of £ 250,000.
Decisions on the most effective, economic and safe way of traveling are taken by a royal visit committee.
But figures from accounts published last June show that the CO2 emissions of the royal household almost doubled as a result of business travel in 2018.
The Instagram account of Harry and Meghan made the announcement on Travalyst last September
An assistant said in September last year that Harry had only used a speech figure when he mentioned the “99 percent” figure.
Sources also stressed that the list of analyzed flights was “not exhaustive” and that some “undocumented” private trips would have been taken commercially.
Harry’s Travalyst project has brought together some of the biggest names in the industry – Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa – and aims to make the future of travel more sustainable.
The number of global journeys has more than doubled since 2008 and is expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.
During his visit to the UK this month, Harry is working with Jon Bon Jovi to achieve a charity with proceeds going to the Duke’s Invictus Games Foundation.
Harry will attend the recording of Unbroken on February 28 at Abbey Road Studios in North West London.
Meghan and his wife are expected to attend the Invictus Games in May in The Hague – after their post-royal life begins on March 31.
Bon Jovi wrote Unbroken to emphasize the plight of veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Both parents served in the US Marine Corps.
Harry will see the choir perform with Bon Jovi. If he could be persuaded to sing, he would follow in the footsteps of his older brother.
The countdown to Megxit: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last six engagements – including joining the queen on Commonwealth Day – before their time as working royals ends on March 31
The countdown to Megxit has now begun with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex due to resignation as working royals in less than five weeks.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking part in seven more engagements before they officially resign on March 31 and close their office in Buckingham Palace.
However, it is expected that their final official involvement will take place on March 9, when they will join the Queen at Westminster Abbey on the occasion of Commonwealth Day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are depicted as they leave Canada House on January 7
Both Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, will return to the UK to make their final commitments as working royals.
These will be implemented as part of the royal rotation system under the supervision of national media – print, radio and television – before they withdraw.
The Sussex people live in a mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada with baby Archie – but sources say they see their future in the US.
Other events they will attend are the Endeavor Fund Awards on March 5 and the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall two days later.
The pair has been told to drop their ‘Sussex Royal’ label, despite setting up a flashy new website to complement their popular Instagram feed under the title.
It is believed that the queen and senior officials have agreed that it is no longer tenable for the couple to keep the word “royal” in their “branding.”
Harry will keep his military ranks of major, lieutenant commander and squadron leader, but will not use his military honorary positions.
The roles will not be filled in during an agreed 12-month trial period, leaving the door open for return. Harry also remains sixth in line with the throne.
Here’s a guide to what their last six engagements are today, before they resign:
28 February: Invictus Games choir (Harry)
During the first event for Prince Harry or Meghan Markle in the couple’s farewell set, Harry takes part in a recording session with American rock star Jon Bon Jovi and the choir of Invictus Games, who re-record his song Unbroken to promote this year’s tournament .
The song will be recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, made famous by The Beatles who recorded 11 of their 13 albums there.
The competition is designed to emphasize the importance of sport as part of the recovery of people with life-changing injuries or illnesses.
Prince Harry will attend a recording session with Jon Bon Jovi, shown in Edinburgh in 2011
Harry organized the first games in 2014 and in September 2019 celebrated its five-year anniversary and said it had changed society’s perception of disability and mental health.
Harry was inspired to set up the worldwide tournament after attending the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado and seeing how wounded US military personnel take advantage of the challenge to participate in competitive sports that support their recovery.
The Duke of Sussex attends the launch of Team UK for the Invictus Games in London last October
He then stepped up the inaugural games in the London Olympic Park in 2014, followed by Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018, with The Hague chosen for the 2020 event where 500 participants will participate in ten adaptive sports.
Organizers have said that after 2020 Invictus will be staged every two years.
March 5: Endeavor Fund Awards (Harry and Meghan)
Six days later, the couple will attend the Endeavor Fund Awards, recognizing wounded, wounded or sick military personnel and veterans who have started using sport and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
Harry has attended every ceremony since the inaugural in 2017, where he went with his brother William. He went to the event in 2018 and 2019 with Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose with nominees and guests at the Endeavor Fund Awards at Drapers’ Hall in London on February 7, 2019
The Endeavor Fund was led by him and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation, who saw them come up to help injured service personnel.
The fund has established programs such as Climb2Recovery, led by former Royal Engineer Neil Heritage Team Endeavor Racing, started by former infantryman Stu Croxford and continued by Royal Engineer veteran Brian Seggie.
Harry speaks with guests at a reception for the Endeavor Fund at St James’s Palace in 2015
It also resulted in an expedition to Oman organized by a veteran Rifleman, Matt Fisher, who spent him and the team spending a few days traversing the desert with Fund Ambassador Levison Wood.
Harry has said about the Fund: ‘I am constantly amazed at the tenacity, steadfastness and unshakable humor shown by the men and women who sign up to run races, cross oceans, climb mountains or face challenges that few would even consider. “
March 6: Silverstone Experience (Harry)
The next day, Harry will accompany British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience.
The long-awaited museum – which the Duke has supported for years – will tell the story about the past, present and future of the British car race.
Prince Harry (right) meets drivers Jenson Button (left), Lewis Hamilton (second right) and former F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart (second left) in Silverstone in July 2011
Harry officially launched the project for the £ 19.3 million visitor attraction in March 2018 and is the patron saint of the museum in Northamptonshire.
It was built in a former Wellington bomber hanger on the circuit site and officials hope that more than 500,000 people will visit each year.
Prince Harry, his cousin George McCorquodale and his mother Princess Diana are shown in July 1994 by driver David Coulthard the operation of a Williams F1 car in Silverstone.
Harry had promised that it would be “an exciting attraction located here in the home of British motor racing and I am sure it will help involve children in engineering.”
Harry is a big F1 fan and congratulates Hamilton on winning his title in November 2014 by telling him on the radio: “Lewis, you are an absolute legend. Well done mate. ”
March 7: Mountbatten Music Festival (Harry and Meghan)
The couple will also attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, where the Royal Marines display their musicality and pomp.
The festival takes place during two days – March 6 and 7 – at the location in London, with Harry expected to attend the Saturday evening show.
The Duke of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2019
During last year’s concert, the Marine bands played a number of different songs, including versions of popular hits from Take That and the Greatest Showman.
The 2019 event also marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. All proceeds from the concert this year go to The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.
The Massed Bands of the Royal Marines perform last year during the Mountbatten Festival of Music
This event will also be Harry’s last engagement as captain-general of the Royal Marines, before he loses this title when he retires as a senior royal.
The couple will continue to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as the Count and Countess of Dumbarton and the Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel.
March 8: International Women’s Day (Meghan)
Meghan is expected to make a commitment on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, although no details have yet been announced.
Last year she spoke on a panel on the occasion of International Women’s Day and said she would like her first child to be a feminist, whether it was a girl or a boy.
Meghan speaks on a panel in London in March 2019 with model Adwoa Aboah (left) and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (right) on the occasion of International Women’s Day last year
Meghan spoke on a panel on the occasion of International Women’s Day and said she had recently watched a documentary about feminism.
She told an audience at King’s College in London last March: “One of the things they said during pregnancy was:” I feel the embryonic kicks of feminism. “
In March 2018, Harry and Meghan took part in an International Women’s Day event in Birmingham to encourage young women to pursue careers in tribal topics
Meghan explained how it was noted during a school assignment that an advertisement for washing-up liquid suggested that women should do all the cleaning.
She complained about it in a letter to Proctor and Gamble when she was only 11 years old, and the company responded by changing a rule in the ad.
In 2018, Harry and Meghan attended an International Women’s Day event in Birmingham to encourage young women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Voice).
March 9: Commonwealth Service (Harry and Meghan)
Harry and Meghan will both attend the Commonwealth Day service the next day at Westminster Abbey with the queen and other senior members of the royal family.
Earlier this month it was revealed that the queen had asked that Harry and Meghan attend the annual service with the rest of the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left) with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (right) during their visit to the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 11 last year
During the event, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to reunite with Prince William and Kate, a year after they were pictured together at the Laughing Service in 2019.
But the Sussex people have broken professional ties with the Cambridges by withdrawing from the household of Kensington Palace and their joint charity foundation.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive for the Commonwealth Day service in London in March 2019
During last year’s event, Harry and Meghan sat next to Prince Andrew, who left his royal duties after an interview about his pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
The service in 2019 included performances by drummers from the Dhol Foundation, Clean Bandit, William Barton on the didgeridoo, tenor Alfie Boe and the B Positive choir.
Commonwealth Day has been celebrated annually since 1977 on the second Monday in March and celebrates the historic ties that Britain has with the 53 other countries.
“We must work together”: the full speech of Prince Harry during the launch of Travalyst this morning in Edinburgh
The Duke of Sussex speaks this morning during a summit on sustainable tourism at the Edinburgh International Conference Center
Good morning everyone, it is a great pleasure to be here with you and of course our Travalyst partners – and thanks to VisitScotland and the Edinburgh International Conference Center for our co-hosts today.
For those of you who don’t know what Travalyst is – we are a coalition of partners with a common goal to transform the future of tourism and travel for all – to give people access to better information and ensuring that the future development of tourism provides positive support for the destinations industry relies on and on which their communities depend.
We believe that traveling is a good thing. It is the heart of human experiences, of cultural connections, and new friendships.
It is a global powerhouse with hundreds of millions of people, keeping the culture alive, protecting the most valuable places in the world, and that introduces us to people, places, and wildlife that we have only ever seen on a screen.
It is these experiences that we remember and cherish.
As most of you in this room already know, Tourism is one of the largest economic sectors in the world – generates nearly 9 trillion dollars a year – represents 1 in 10 jobs and more than 10 percent of the world’s GDP – and it’s growing fast.
It is predicted that tourism will reach more than 1.8 billion travelers by 2030.
If we do nothing and largely anticipate this inevitable increase, this huge increase means that we are seeing more of the world’s most beautiful destinations closing or destroying, that more communities are becoming overwhelmed, close more beaches due to pollution, and animals and animals from their natural habitat, which has a huge impact on communities and reduces tourism opportunities.
But we are here to find ways to ensure that this does not happen. We all see a future in which people can take vacations and trips social, ecological and economic benefits for built-in communities and destinations.
Based on our research there is an increasing need for this type of travel – and we want to make them a reality for everyone, but we cannot do it without your help.
Here in Scotland you have worked on some great solutions, that actually contribute to the experience of travelers, and I can’t wait to find out more about it.
I want to help create a platform where we can all work together worried about these issues, where competitors can unite and encourage positive systemic change.
There is a reason why this has not been tried before, but with our partners we have the best chance.
The founders of Travalyst – Booking.com, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, Trip.com and Visa – have joined forces to lead and mobilize the tourism industry and will be a catalyst for positive change.
We have made a great start since the launch in Amsterdam, but we will not achieve our goal of a more sustainable industry without on-site experience and expertise, and that is why we are here today.
We want to hear truths and perspectives from the entire industry. We know we don’t have to reinvent the wheel – much good work has already been done, but our research shows once again that many of these efforts have failed to scale or reach consumer awareness.
We must work with partners, experts, operators, communities and others to scale up the good practices that are already being used around the world. And Scotland is a good example of what we mean.
There is a holistic ambition in the intention of Scotland that can be taken over in the UK, and even around the world. Scotland is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations worldwide and is at the forefront of a more sustainable approach, That is why your understanding of these issues is so valuable to us.
To hear more about this, I would like to introduce Lord Thurso, chairman of VisitScotland, on stage.