The Duke of Sussex is defending his use of private jets, saying he occasionally needs to ensure his family’s safety.
The Duke spoke at the launch of an eco-tourism project in Amsterdam, adding that he balances out the impact a private jet has on the environment.
This comes after Harry and Meghan faced criticism from newspapers which claimed the pair had used a private jet four times in 11 days over the summer. While the jets were used for private getaways with their son Archie, the Prince said he flew to the event on Tuesday with a commercial flight.
At the launch of Travalyst, the Duke spoke about his travel behaviour:
“I cam here by commercial. I spent 99% of my life travelling the world by commercial.”
The Duke went on to add, “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe- it’s generally as simple as that.”
Travalyst aims to encourage the tourism industry to become more sustainable, in which Harry has previously spoken about the importance of tackling climate change. Just like us, the Prince said “no one is perfect” in terms of their impact on the environment.
In September’s edition of Vogue, which is edited by the Duchess of Sussex, the Prince speaks about environmental issues and his love for nature.
“We are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us.”
Sir Elton John came to the couple’s defence after criticism when the Sussexes used a private flight to go to the singer’s home in Nice. The singer claiming that the use of his private plane “maintained a high level of much-needed protection.”
John says he paid for the flight’s carbon to be offset. Carbon offsetting allows passengers to pay extra to help compensate for carbon emissions produced from flights. In response, the Duke spoke about what’s important is that “what we do to balance out” the negative effects, saying he always offsets his carbon emissions and will continue to do so.
“In my mind, it’s the right thing to do and we need to make it cool,” going on to add, “we have to connect people to where that little bit of extra money is actually going.”
Prince Harry has been working on the project for three years alongside co-founders – Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa. Harry hopes the project will improve conservation, environmental protection and that it will help increase the economic benefits of tourism for local communities.