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‘Just Harry’: the Duke of Sussex begins final round of royal engagements

Back in the public eye for the first time since confirmation he will step back as a senior royal on March 31st 2020, the Duke of Sussex was very clear on how he wants to be known. As he took to the stage in Edinburgh to talk about sustainable travel and eco tourism, he asked to be introduced as ‘Harry’.

Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stop using their style of HRH from the end of March as they move away from royal duties. In recent days, there has been speculation about how they will describe themselves following a statement that they will not be using the title ‘Sussex Royal’ for future ventures. And in a clear sign that a different way is opening up for them, the sixth in line to the throne insisted on being called ‘Harry’ as he took part in a summit in Edinburgh for Travalyst which was launched last autumn in Amsterdam.

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Travalyst aims to change travel and tourism to make it more sustainable and to help protect communities and destinations across the world. The long term aim, as explained in a Sussex Royal Instagram post to mark today’s event, is supporting ways in which ”tourism can lead the way in supporting communities and protecting the environment”.

The Duke of Sussex was joined by members of the tourist industry across Scotland as well as event partners Visit Scotland and EIC, a not for profit organisation working in energy innovation. Travalyst’s founding members include,, TripAdvisor and Visa.

Prince Harry arrived in the UK earlier this week, flying into London before taking the train to Edinburgh for today’s event. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have several planned engagements in the coming weeks before they step back from their royal roles next month. And if today’s event is any indication, we know it could well be first name terms in their future lives.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.