Prince Harry says 'no one is perfect' following his and Meghan Markle's private plane backlash

Prince Harry says 'no one is perfect' following his and Meghan Markle's private plane backlash

The Duke joked about getting his best night's sleep since his son Archie's birth

Prince Harry has broken his silence on his and Meghan Markle’s private plane controversy. The Duke of Sussex addressed the criticism him and the Duchess have faced for using private aircrafts to travel on Tuesday, September 3, while in Amsterdam to launch the global eco-travel initiative Travalyst. “We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact,” Harry said in his speech. “The question is what we do to balance it out.”

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Prince Harry launched Travalysto n September 3 in Amsterdam

The dad of one, who arrived on Monday, joked about his nearly four-month-old son Archie Harrison in his remarks saying, “It was definitely the best night’s sleep I’ve had for the last four months!” Harry noted during a Q&A session that he traveled via a commercial flight to The Netherlands. “I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial [plane]” he said. “Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it’s genuinely as simple as that.”

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The Duke was on hand to launch Travalyst—a global initiative striving to change the impact of travel for good. The royal partnered with Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa for the new project, which aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and benefit communities long into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmental friendly choices whilst traveling.

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The Duke noted he takes commercial flights 99 percent of the time but will occasionally take private to ensure his family is safe

“I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, and have noticed something alarming,” Harry said in a statement posted on social media. “There wasn’t the symbiosis or connection there needed to be and I wanted to understand why. I am one of those people fortunate enough to have a platform and I want to use it to tackle hard problems, in the hope of finding solutions…and that’s how Travalyst was born.”