Prince Harry has arrived in Edinburgh to host a sustainable travel conference in his first public appearance in the UK since announcing he was quitting as a senior royal.
He arrived in Scotland on a train from London as he returned to the UK for a final round of royal engagements before he steps down at the end of March.
Its launch was overshadowed by an on-going controversy about the Sussexes use of private jets while campaigning on the dangers of climate change.
He wants the Travalyst project to ‘bring more transparency around carbon emissions for individual flights’ and make holidays as eco-friendly as possible.
Some of the biggest names in the industry are thought to be backing his proposals to make travel more sustainable, including Booking.com Skyscanner, and TripAdvisor.
A spokesperson explaining why he is speaking at the event said: ‘Our ambition is to transform travel and tourism so that every holiday people take, every trip they book, will have a positive impact and better protect the destinations and communities they visit.
‘Whether it is through the activities people do, where they stay, or how they get there, we are looking for ways to make it easier for everyone to choose, and for the industry to provide more purposeful and sustainable options.’
Prince Harry has previously defended his use of private jets by saying it is necessary for his family’s security.
The trip to Edinburgh will be in addition to six other planned engagements he and Meghan have in the UK over a two-week period as they prepare to leave royal life behind.
The pair are expected to make an appearance in London for an awards ceremony for sick and injured military personnel on March 5.
It is unclear when the duchess will fly over from Canada, where they uprooted shortly before their bombshell announcement to quit as senior members of the monarchy.
The pair desired to become financially independent and carve a ‘new progressive role’ within the institution that would see them continue to represent the Queen but in a more ‘limited’ capacity.
Last week the couple confirmed they will no longer use the word ‘Royal’ in any of their branding, despite launching the sussexroyal.com website and registering their Foundation under that name a few weeks ago.
On Friday, the Duke and Duchess issued their own statement which appeared to criticise the Queen’s decision, pointing out she had no jurisdiction over the term ‘royal’ overseas
The couple will withdraw as senior royals on March 31st, when they will no longer claim money off the tax payer and are free to earn their own living.
Their security will still be funded by the tax payer and they will keep their HRH prefixes but will not use them.
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