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Prince Harry is flying back to the UK to organize a sustainable travel conference during his first visit to Britain since he announced he would quit as a senior royal in January.

The Duke of Sussex will be in Edinburgh tomorrow to organize a Travalyst Summit, where he is expected to unveil a new vacation program with a “scoring system” to help tourists choose environmentally friendly flights.

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.

The Duke of Sussex announces the Travalyst travel schedule in September 2019 in Amsterdam

The Duke of Sussex announces the Travalyst travel schedule in September 2019 in Amsterdam

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Victoria International Airport in Canada on February 14

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Victoria International Airport in Canada on February 14

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Victoria International Airport in Canada on February 14

Harry wants the Travalyst project “to offer more transparency about CO2 emissions for individual flights” and to make holidays as environmentally friendly as possible.

His involvement was announced last year, because the Sussex people were criticized for using private jets, despite regularly showing off their ecological login details. This included four trips in just 11 days in August.

Countdown to Megxit: final assignments from Harry and Meghan

February 26: Travelyst conference in Edinburgh (Harry)

28 February: Invictus Games choir (Harry)

March 5: Endeavor Fund Awards (Harry and Meghan)

March 6: Silverstone Experience (Harry)

March 7: Mountbatten Music Festival (Harry and Meghan)

March 8: International Women’s Day (Meghan)

March 9: 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.

Harry and Meghan are traveling this year and where they are expected to go in March

Harry and Meghan are traveling this year and where they are expected to go in March

Harry and Meghan are traveling this year and where they are expected to go in March

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.

“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.

The Instagram account of Harry and Meghan made the announcement on Travalyst last September

The Instagram account of Harry and Meghan made the announcement on Travalyst last September

The Instagram account of Harry and Meghan made the announcement on Travalyst last September

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.”

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 next 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 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 duke of Sussex (left) speaks with a panel during the event in Amsterdam last September, including Booking.com president Gillian Tans, SkyScanner chef Bryan Dove, Ctrip boss Jane Sun, TripAdvisor president Kanika Soni and Suzan Kereere , Visa's chief of sales staff

The duke of Sussex (left) speaks with a panel at the event in Amsterdam last September, including Booking.com president Gillian Tans, SkyScanner chef Bryan Dove, Ctrip boss Jane Sun, TripAdvisor hotel president Kanika Soni and Suzan Kereere , Visa's chief of sales staff

The duke of Sussex (left) speaks with a panel during the event in Amsterdam last September, including Booking.com president Gillian Tans, SkyScanner chef Bryan Dove, Ctrip boss Jane Sun, TripAdvisor president Kanika Soni and Suzan Kereere , Visa’s chief of sales staff

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.

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

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

The countdown to Megxit has now begun with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex due to resignation as working royals in less than six weeks.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle participate in six 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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are depicted as they leave Canada House on January 7

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 in the next two weeks to make their last 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.

Both Harry and Meghan will return to the UK in the next two weeks to perform their final assignments as working royals.

Here’s a guide to what their last six engagements will be 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

Prince Harry will attend a recording session with Jon Bon Jovi, shown in Edinburgh in 2011

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

The Duke of Sussex attends the launch of Team UK for the Invictus Games in London last October

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 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 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

Harry speaks with guests at a reception for the Endeavor Fund at St James's Palace in 2015

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

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

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.

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.

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

The Duke of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2019

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

The Massed Bands of the Royal Marines perform last year during the Mountbatten Festival of Music

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive for the Commonwealth Day service in London in March 2019

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.

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