Inside Prince Harry's First Public Guesting after the Release of 'Finding Freedom'

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

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. 

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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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. 

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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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.

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