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Prince Harry addresses private jet use after backlash: ‘We can all do better’


Erin Jensen


USA TODAY

Published 3:06 PM EDT Sep 3, 2019

Prince Harry is speaking about his recent use of private jets, which resulted in backlash. 

Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex explained that flying commercial is his primary method of air travel, but he makes an exception when there is a need for more security. 

“I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial,” he said while in Amsterdam promoting a new initiative, Travalyst. “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, and it’s genuinely as simple as that.

“But, as I said in my speech, for me, what it is is about balance. And, if I have to do that – not a decision that I would want to take, but if I have to do that – then I would ensure, as I have done previously and I will continue to make sure that I do is to balance out that impact that I have.”

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Earlier in his speech, Harry acknowledged, “We can all do better. And, while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact. The question is, what we do to balance it out.”

Harry and Duchess Meghan were targets of the British tabloids in August when they were slammed for their private method of travel for holidays with newborn Archie. The Sun labeled the royal couple “eco-warriors” in a headline that began with “Dumbo Jet.” “Eco-hypocrites,” jibed the Daily Express.

Ellen DeGeneres, Pink and Elton John, who took responsibility for providing the couple with a non-commerical flight, came to the royals’ defense. 

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During Tuesday’s speech, Harry introduced his new travel initiative, a partnership with Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa. 

“Travalyst is a first of its kind coalition, a united front of businesses dedicated to making travel an engine for sustainability,” he said.

“It will help strengthen communities and eco-systems to come. It will turn travel into a catalyst for transformative change.”

Contributing: Maria Puente

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