Harry: When I fly by private jet, it’s to keep my family safe

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Prince Harry has responded to criticism of his use of private jets at the launch of an initiative to promote eco-friendly tourism, saying there are occasions he needs to keep his family safe.

The Duke of Sussex flew commercially to the event in Amsterdam following a summer of headlines criticising him and his wife Meghan for their use of private jets.

“I spend 99% 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,” he said, after being asked about his travel.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to Chairwoman of booking.com Gillian Tans, CEO Ctrip Jane Sun, President Hotels TripAdvisor Kanika Soni, Global Head of Merchand Sales and Acquiring VISA Suzan Kereere and CEO Skyscanner Bryan Dove as they announce a partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa called 'Travalyst' at A'dam Tower on September 03, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The initiative is to help transform the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Image: Representatives from across the travel industry were in attendance at the launch

Harry answered the question after making an impassioned speech to launch a partnership to encourage more environmentally friendly travel, which is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry.

He said “no one is perfect” and “we can all do better” when it comes to tackling environmental issues.

Representatives from companies including Skyscanner, Booking.com and TripAdvisor were at the launch of Travalyst – a partnership to promote sustainable tourism.

During the speech, the prince said he had been inspired to help set up the partnership after hearing how climate change had local communities “who live and breathe it every day”.

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“There is one moment which stands out in my memory from a trip I made [to the Carribean] back in 2012.

“As I walked to the boat to observe a coral reef replanting project, I had a seven-year-old come up to me, tug my shirt and say with such conviction, ‘Because of your country, my country’s coral reef is dying.’

“His words deeply affected me because they revealed the full impact outsiders can have on a community without even realising it.”

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Prince Harry: No one is perfect – we can all do better for the environment

Prince Harry has said “no one is perfect” and “we can all do better” when it comes to tackling environmental issues. The Duke of Sussex made an impassioned speech in Amsterdam as he launched a partnership to encourage more environmentally friendly travel, which is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry.

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