Prince Harry made his first public appearance, since the release of the book "Finding Freedom," where he addressed a virtual Global Summit as part of his sustainable tourism project, "Travalyst."
Prince Harry addressed a virtual Global Summit from his new home in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 30. The summit was crucial to Harry's global travel and tourism initiative, "Travalyst."
While speaking, Harry urged the travel industry to rebuild better and stronger, following the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which caused devastation to the tourism sector.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images
Harry said that no one could have predicted the destabilizing impact the virus has had on the world since its inception, especially in the tourism sector, which suffered massively as a result.
Prince Harry revealed that he had heard many sad stories from tourism workers who have toiled to put food on their families' tables as their businesses have suffered significant damage due to the lack of tourists.
Harry's speech at the virtual summit is his first public appearance since the new book, "Finding Freedom," authored by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was released, with so many revelations about him and his wife, Meghan Markle.
The book sheds light on the Sussex Royals' quest for freedom and had loads of interviews with insiders and friends of the couple, who revealed previously unknown details about the beginning of their romance.
The couple was not interviewed and had no contribution to the book.
One of the revelations from the book is the fact that it was Harry who was the first person to say "I Love You" three months into their relationship. The couple met at a blind date at Soho's House, located at Dean Street, London.
During that first date, they spoke at length for over three hours, after which they went their separate ways without any intimacy. However, they were immediately obsessed with each other.
They met the following night, at the same venue, and six weeks later, went on romantic camping to Botswana, with Harry held spellbound by Meghan. Three months after their first date, he confessed his love to her.
The couple ensured that the early days of their relationship were kept away from the public, so much so that even on their first official outing together at the Toronto Invictus Games in 2017, they were hiding a secret.
In "Finding Freedom," it was revealed that Meghan and Harry were already engaged at the time of their first official outing. The couple's engagement was announced two months after that outing.
Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down as senior members of the British Royal Family in January, a decision that came to fruition at the end of March. Since then, they have been doing things their own way.
"Finding Freedom" claims that the Duke of Sussex had long been seeking for change before he and his wife's exit from the Royal Family.
However, it was not until he found Meghan, who shared his dreams and was strong enough to weather the storms with him, that he was bold enough to make the decision.
Despite the many revelations made in the new book, a spokesperson to Harry and Meghan said the couple was not interviewed and had no contribution to the book.