Prince Harry Asks To Be Called Just 'Harry' Post-Megxit
Earlier this week, Prince Harry returned to the UK for a royal engagement in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was a working summit for Travalyst, Harry’s sustainable travel initiative that has brought together travel giants Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com, TripAdvisor, and Visa. And, during the event the 35-year-old asked to be introduced as just “Harry.”
The former military pilot flew commercial from Canada to Scotland for his first royal event since moving to Canada with his wife Meghan Markle and nine-month-old son Archie Harrison. And, royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted that before Harry was introduced to the crowd, he requested that the emcee leave out his royal title.
“We have made a great start since launching in Amsterdam, but we will not reach our goal of a more sustainable industry without on-the-ground experience and expertise, and this is why we’re here today,” the Duke of Sussex said in his speech.
He went on to say that he wants to help create a platform where everyone who is concerned about sustainability and environmental issues can work together, and competitors can unite and incentivize a positive systemic change. Harry says there is a reason this hasn’t been tried before, but with the influential partners of Travalyst, he believes this is the best shot.
This was the first public appearance by Harry since Buckingham Palace confirmed that he and his wife had been blocked from using the Sussex Royal name for their numerous financial and charitable endeavors post-Megxit.
Harry and Meghan confirmed on their website that they would no longer use Sussex Royal after the spring, even though the Monarchy and the Cabinet Office did not have jurisdiction over using the word “royal” outside of the UK. They have already withdrawn their numerous applications for a “Sussex Royal” trademark around the world.
An insider told Us Weekly that Queen Elizabeth was “disappointed” by Harry and Meghan’s response to the “Sussex Royal” ban because it heaps “so much embarrassment” on the monarch and brings unwanted attention to Harry’s family at the “worst possible time.”
After announcing in early January that they intended to step down as senior members of the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially end their royal duties on March 31st.