Prince Harry Drops Royal Titles, Asks To Be Called Just ‘Harry’ At Edinburgh Event

Prince Harry dropped his royal titles during an appearance in Edinburgh Wednesday.

Harry, who will officially be stepping back as a senior royal alongside Meghan Markle on March 31, was speaking at a Travalyst event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Despite the royal usually being referred to as “Sir” or “His Royal Highness,” host Ayesha Hazarika explained: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry.”

It was previously revealed Harry and Meghan would no longer be using their HRH titles.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex is in Scotland – one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations – to hear what they’re doing to put sustainability at the forefront of holidays that protect the environment and support local communities. The number of tourists globally is rapidly rising, and based on an increasing desire from travellers, The Duke’s international partnership Travalyst is working to ensure the industry can better support communities that face increasing challenges of overcrowding, pollution, and the climate emergency. Supporting these communities means preserving these destinations for everyone. By harnessing the power of travel, which accounts for 1 in 10 jobs globally, generating nearly $9 trillion annually, and is at the heart of connecting people and culture, tourism can lead the way in supporting communities and protecting the environment. At a summit in Edinburgh, representatives from the Scottish tourism and travel sector will join event partners @visitscotland and @eicc_uk to help test and develop the latest work. Founding partners @Bookingcom, @Skyscanner, @Trip, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US are working with The Duke, backed up by consumer demand, to transform travel and tourism globally so that every holiday people take, every trip they book, can have a positive impact on the destinations they visit. Image © Visit Scotland / PA

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Harry appeared in Scotland – one of the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations — to hear what the country is doing to put sustainability at the forefront of holidays that protect the environment and support local communities.

The duke founded eco-friendly travel company Travalyst alongside brands such as Booking.com, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, Trip.com, and Visa.

Britain’s Prince Harry, centre, arrives for a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain’s Prince Harry, centre, arrives for a sustainable tourism summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP)

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Harry said at the summit, according to the Guardian: “We want to hear truths and perspectives from across the industry. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, a lot of great work has already been done. But our research again shows that many of these endeavours have failed to reach the conscientiousness of consumers.

“We have to work together… to scale up the good practices already being used around the world. Scotland is a great example of what we mean. There is a holistic ambition to Scotland’s intent that can be adopted across the U.K. and even around the world.

“Scotland is one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations worldwide and it’s at the forefront of a more sustainable approach, which is why your insight into these issues is so incredibly valuable.”

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