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Prince Harry Defended His and Meghan Markle's Use of Private Jets While Speaking at an Event

Tichafa Chidzonga
Sep 04, 2019
08:40 A.M.
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During the launch of a tourism project, Prince Harry addresses the controversy surrounding his use of a private plane.

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For the launch of an eco-tourism project, Prince Harry addressed audiences in Amsterdam on the importance of supporting conservation. He argues that the most affected areas are the result of the actions of other countries.

Addressing a question from an audience member about the controversy surrounding his use of four private planes in 11 days, the Duke of Sussex says:

"I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial. Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe."

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Sharing the same sentiments that safety should be a priority for the royal family, British actress Jameela Jamil spoke out in defence of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s use of a private plane, saying:

"And ALSO, it’s not safe for us to be on the same planes as royals or presidents you absolute muppets. They are prime targets for kidnap and sometimes assassination. It’s in the interest of us civilians to not be endangered by proximity to people in such powerful positions."

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According to PEOPLE, Prince Harry has partnered with businesses in the travel industry to establish "Travalyst." Teaming up with TripAdvisor, Ctrip, Visa, Booking.com and SkyScanner, the project is the first of its kind. Making the announcement on Instagram the royal couple write:

"We are excited to announce the launch of 'Travalyst', a global initiative striving to change the impact of travel, for good…Our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution."

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It is reported that Prince Harry’s foundation has partnered with these business to promote sustainable travel and to create more benefits for local communities from their tourism industry.

Admitting that he is not perfect, Prince Harry insists that he works towards trying to balance out some of the ways he personally causes environmental damage. The launch of "Travalyst" is an initiative he hopes will help to address environmental issues.

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