Prince Harry slammed for his ‘sustainable travel’ message
The Duke of Sussex, who has quit royal duties and moved to America with Meghan Markle, urged the travel industry to “reset and reimagine” its future after the coronavirus pandemic in a foreword to the annual report of Travalyst. Harry, who launched the initiative in 2019 in a bid to make the travel industry more sustainable, said: “We know that to not to travel again is not an option.
“Right before us, there is an opportunity to do things differently, to do things better. Travel and tourism are no exception. As the industry re-emerges from crisis, there is an urgent need to reset and reimagine.”
But his remarks sparked a backlash from some who pointed to his previous private jet use and £11million mansion in California.
Conservative commentator Darren Grimes, making reference to his use of private planes, tweeted: “The bloke is a privileged prat.”
Another Twitter user asked: “Will Prince Harry stop travelling by private jet then?”
A third blasted: “But why go buy the kind of house that they did buy? Could have gone down the eco path..it is just words…plus the huge guzzlers they go around in! Change your lifestyle then come to the masses..that goes for the whole fam including Charles William etc!”
Another wrote: “Private jets, unfriendly fuel chugging cars, huge mansion to keep warm and cool & 16 bathrooms for the three of them. Grounds to keep watered etc. Give us a break lol.”
Eco-warrior Prince Harry has sparked a backlash over his latest climate change comments
A fifth hit out: “When Prince Harry stops using a private jet, and a chauffeured limousine- he can have this conversation- until, such a time. Take a seat, Dude.”
One more commented: “Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Harry is not qualified to advise anyone on helping the environment because he ‘needs’ 16 bathrooms and swimming pools and private jets. Is this a joke?”
But others praised the royal, with one saying: “The man is a visionary. Always ahead of the trends. Can’t wait to see the role @Travalyst plays in a reimagined tourist industry, post-Covid world.”
Harry and Meghan faced criticism for taking four private jets in less than two weeks during the summer in 2019 to luxury holidays in Ibiza and Nice despite regularly preaching to the public on being green.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have quit royal duties and moved to America
The Royal Family must reinvent their image and find new ways of engaging the public during the lengthy coronavirus lockdown, according to two royal experts.
Royal Rota hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson claimed the Royal Family now faces a new and difficult challenge. The pair agreed that due to the length of the lockdown, the royals must find new ways of doing interesting public engagements. They said the public was becoming too familiar with their engagements simply being Zoom calls.
To maintain interest, the pair concluded the Royals must adapt, which is proving to be a challenge according to palace insiders.
Ms Robinson said: “I think there is a real challenge there for the Royal households. We have now been in a lockdown for so long, it is been going on for almost a year.
“The royals must be doing things in a different, engaging, interesting way is quite a challenge for them.
Meghan Markle is understood to have changed the names she provided on her son’s birth certificate.
She has decided to take out her first names “Rachel Meghan”, leaving just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”.
The move, reported by The Sun, could be seen as touching tribute to the late Princess Diana.
This is because she always used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”.
Meghan Markle has been criticised by royal commentators as she is not expected to accompany Prince Harry on his trip to the UK for key Royal Family events later this year.
Royal expert Charlie Rae and TalkRadio commentator Kevin O’Sullivan, discussed Prince Harry’s upcoming UK trip. Mr O’Sullivan claimed Meghan Markle was snubbing the Queen by not coming to the UK. Mr Rae agreed and insisted it was “staggering and disgraceful” behaviour from Meghan and an insult to the Royal Family.
Mr O’Sullivan said: “We know Prince Harry is coming to the UK to see his family in the next few months. At one point it was supposed to be next month but now it seems to be early summer, he is definitely coming in the not too distant future.
“It turns out that Meghan Markle is very unlikely to join him on this trip. We are told this is not a snub, insides have said this is not a snub but I disagree and say it is a snub.”
Prince Harry has said he has “new optimism” for his venture, Travalyst, after once claiming he used to get so overwhelmed by the world’s problems he “struggled to get out of bed”.
Harry’s sustainable tourism platform, Travalyst, was launched a year and a half ago and reflected his eco-friendly goals.
This week, the Duke of Sussex wrote the foreword to a new report headed up by Travalyst about COVID-19’s impact on the travel industry — and how it could alter the whole industry for the better.
He said: “At Travalyst, we do not believe a thriving tourism industry and protecting the world is a zero-sum game. With new optimism and increased tourist demand for natural experiences and sustainable practices, this year has the potential to bring sustainability to the forefront.”
This expression of optimism is a stark contrast to Harry’s previous words about his mental health which he expressed during his tour of southern Africa in 2019.
Harry told Peter Oki, an Anglican student attending a multi-faith reception, that he was concerned about the future, after being asked what the Sussexes wanted their “legacy” to be.
Mr Oki recalled: “Harry said that he often woke up and felt overwhelmed by too many problems in the world and that sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings because of all the issues. But he wanted to use their platform to enable grass-roots change and to try and create a better society.”
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles have a panic room at Highgrove House with spare blood, food and radios
Tonight on Channel 5 is the latest episode of ‘Secrets of Royal Palaces’, which will focus on the Prince of Wales’ beloved country residence.
While Highgrove is best known for its spectacular gardens, Charles’ labour of love, perhaps its most unusual feature is the steel-lined panic room.
Royal biographer Brian Hoey wrote in his book ‘Not in Front of the Corgis’ how the couple keeps all sorts of essentials inside.
He wrote: “Inside are medical supplies including containers of Charles and Camilla’s blood group, long-lasting food and drinks, an armoury, radio transmitters equipped to obtain a signal even within its steel walls, air purifiers and chemical lavatories.”
The safe space is designed for the couple to hide out for an extended period of time, should that ever become necessary.
The panic room is so secure that “even if the rest of the house is destroyed, it will drop intact to the ground floor.”
Prince William and his younger brother Harry were taunted by royal staff about one of their ancestors during their childhood, a royal expert has claimed.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer detailed how King Charles I was executed outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall, London in 1649 after being found guilty of treason by the High Court of the Civil War rebel “Rump Parliament”.
He added a senior advisor had a habit of telling William and Harry this story, before adding he would not have supported the Royal Family back then, although the reason why is unclear.
He wrote on Twitter: “When William and Harry were younger, one of their senior advisers liked to remind them he would have been on the side of Parliament in the Civil War.”
The two brothers were said to be close during their younger years, particularly after the tragic death of their mother Princess Diana in 1997.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is believed to have one big regret as the royal was forced to ditch a much-loved role after she was accused of exploiting her “royal status”.
Sophie Wessex, 56, is married to Prince Edward, 56, with the couple tying the knot in June 1999. Speaking about the female royal Sasha Swire, wife of former MP Hugo Swire, has revealed one of Sophie’s “real regrets”.
Before entering the royal fold, Sophie had a career in public relations and in 1996 she launched her own agency, RJH Public Relations, with her business partner Murray Harkin.
But Sophie ended up stepping down as chair of the company in April 2001.
Ms Swire has suggested quitting the firm was a “regret” of Sophie’s.
Writing in her newly-published memoir, ‘Diary of an MP’s Wife’, she spoke about meeting the Countess of Wessex at a 2010 garden party at Belfast’s Hillsborough Castle, hosted by the then-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson.
Ms Swire wrote: “She talks about how she still worked at her PR company after her wedding, under the name Sophie Wessex, but was quickly forced to give it up because she came in for criticism for appearing in public with clients and was accused of using her royal status to promote her business.
“As she tells me this, there is real regret in her eyes, and sadness that this part of her life is gone and not allowed to return.”
Additional reporting by Katie Harris
2.45pm update: Queen fury as cousin ‘cashes in’ on new Princess Diana film
The Queen is not happy a relative is allowing filming of a new drama on Princess Diana and Prince Charles at his residence, according to reports.
Spencer stars Kristen Stewart as Diana and portrays the collapse of her marriage to the Prince of Wales.
Filming has reportedly started at a property owned by the monarch’s third cousin Prince Donatus of Hesse.
Schloss Kronberg near Frankfurt, Germany, is being used as a replacement for the Queen’s beloved Sandringham in Norfolk, according to the Daily Mail.
Royal insiders told the newspaper the Queen is unlikely to approve of her relative’s decision to allow filming at the location, which is used as a hotel.
Prince Harry reportedly plans to visit the UK without Meghan Markle in the summer, with an insider warning “no one wants a repeat” of their final royal engagement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit royal duties last March and their last engagement at the Commonwealth Day Service visibly awkward.
The insider told the Daily Mail: “Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that Harry and Meghan were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. That still holds true. Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy.
“There is still a great deal of distance between Harry and many family members, particularly his brother. No one wants a repeat of the Commonwealth Service.”
12.15pm update: Carole Middleton releases stunning birthday picture
Kate’s mother Carole Middleton looks incredible in a new picture shared ahead of her 66th birthday on Sunday.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother opened up on having her big day during lockdown in a new post on her family business Party Pieces’ Instagram.
Carole joked it was up to her husband Michael Middleton to help her celebrate the occasion.
Kate’s mother insisted birthdays under lockdown can still be “full of surprises” with “a little effort”.
Carole Middleton celebrates her 66th birthday on Sunday
11.40am update: Kate pays tribute to Queen with adorable new photograph
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to have added a photograph featuring The Queen to her desk for her most recent video call.
Eagle-eyed royal fans noted a picture from Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, featuring the reigning monarch.
The Queen is in the centre of the photo in a striking pink dress with Kate to her left holding Princess Charlotte.
10.25am update: Release of banned BBC royal documentary splits opinion
Releasing the Royal Family’s banned documentary from 50 years ago has split opinion, an Express.co.uk poll suggests.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary about the royals from 1969 recently resurfaced in full on YouTube before being swiftly removed.
Express.co.uk asked readers if the Queen should allow the BBC programme to be broadcast once again.
But the poll divided opinion, with 51 percent saying no compared to 47 percent in favour. One percent did not know.
Releasing the Royal Family’s banned documentary from 50 years ago has split opinion, an Express.co.uk poll suggests
9.50am update: Kate ‘tension’ with Charles and Camilla over royal children
Kate may experience a “little tension” with Prince Charles and Camilla over her children, according to a royal expert.
This is because the Duchess of Cambridge will more frequently turn to her mother, Carole Middleton, for “help, advice and guidance” rather than the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, royal commentator Jennie Bond said.
Ms Bond and Tom Quinn spoke about the Middleton family’s influence on the Cambridges’ children in Channel 5’s ‘When the Middletons Met the Monarchy’.
The bonds that tie the House of Windsor with Wales are strong and deep, going beyond just titles.
For nearly 100 years Wales has played a leading role in royal marriages, providing the precious metal from which royal nuptial rings are forged.
Welsh gold is a precious commodity, being the rarest and most expensive in the world.
The tradition of using this precious metal to make royal wedding rings started back in the early 1920s.
Meghan Markle returning to the UK “would overshadow” the Queen’s 95th birthday this year, a source has claimed.
The insider told the Daily Mail: “Harry wants to come back for The Queen and Prince Philip’s big birthdays. But it looks likely it will be just him.
“If Meghan comes back, the feeling is that it would overshadow the occasion. People would only be looking at the ‘drama’ of it all.
“Of course she would be welcome, but a decision not to come would postpone that headache for a while at least.”
Princess Anne made a candid admission about her life as a young royal.
The Princess Royal once admitted that as a young royal she felt she struggled to meet expectations of her.
Anne said: “As a young princess I was a huge disappointment to everyone concerned. It’s impractical to go around in life dressed in a long white dress and a crown.”
— to www.express.co.uk