PRINCE HARRY has spoken for the first time about his controversial use of private jets, saying he ‘occasionally needs to ensure my family are safe’.
As he launched Travalyst — a global project to encourage the tourism industry to become more sustainable and make eco-choices simpler for travellers — the Duke of Sussex claimed he spends ‘99 per cent of my life’ using commercial flights.
During a question and answer session, he was asked how he travelled to Amsterdam for the event — and if he was changing his own travel behaviour.
He replied: ‘I came here by commercial, I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial, occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe — it’s generally as simple as that.’
Of his own impact on the environment, the prince admitted ‘no one is perfect’ but what is important is ‘what we do to balance’ out negative effects, adding: ‘I’ve always offset my CO2.’
The prince and wife Meghan have faced mounting criticism after taking four private flights in 11 days, despite making speeches calling for more to be done to tackle climate change. One of the trips taken by the couple with baby son Archie was in a private jet loaned by Sir Elton John, who said he wanted to ‘maintain a high level of much-needed protection’ for the Sussexes.
Critics have contrasted his behaviour with that of the Queen, who often takes the royal train around the UK, and of his brother the Duke of Cambridge, who took a commercial flight from Norwich to Aberdeen for a holiday with his wife Kate and children in Scotland.