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

During the launch of a tourism project, Prince Harry addresses the controversy surrounding his use of a private plane. 

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."

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."

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."

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.

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Today, during the launch event of the new global initiative ‘Travalyst’, The Duke of Sussex shared his remarks on the exciting new initiative from Amsterdam. #Travalyst, an initiative led by The Duke and founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, sees a pressing need for increased collaboration to make sustainability a priority across our entire travel experience - and we believe that collective, collaborative action will be critical to achieve this. The travel and tourism sector is constantly growing and contributes a significant impact to the world we live in today. The Duke sees it as one of the worlds biggest problems but believes this partnership can make it one its greatest solutions: • - 1.8 Billion trips will be made annually by 2030, and since 2000, the number of trips taken around the world has more than doubled - 71% of global travellers think travel companies should offer more sustainable options - $8.8 Trillion was generated to the global economy from travel and tourism last year - 57% of all international trips by 2030 will include emerging market destinations We plan to work closely with local communities and providers, leveraging technology to help scale sustainable supply to meet the growing mass-market demand from consumers - ultimately, making sustainable travel options of all kinds easier for consumers to identify, book and enjoy. Click our link in bio to read The Duke of Sussex full speech from today Photo ©️ SussexRoyal

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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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