Prince Harry Defends Flying Private Planes, Says it Keeps His ‘Family Safe’

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Prince Harry has broken his silence after suffering backlash from his recent trips on private jets.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are staunch environmentalists, were accused of being hypocrites for traveling to Ibiza and the South of France on private jets this summer.

“We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact,” the 34-year-old said at event in Amsterdam, according to People. “The question is what we do to balance it out.”

Afterwards, Harry made a more pointed reference to the criticism by denying he often flies private.

“I came here by commercial. I spend 99% of my life traveling the world by commercial,” he added. “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.”

The new father added that when he does fly private he makes a point of always offsetting his carbon footprint.

And to make sure his statement wasn’t just empty words, Prince Harry also announced the Sussex Royal Foundation’s new initiative entitled Travalyst.

The global partnership, in association with top travel sites like TripAdvisor and Booking.com, hopes to make tourism eco-friendlier.

“Travalyst 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,” read a description posted to Harry and Meghan’s official Instagram account.

It is unclear if the Duke and Duchess will fly private or commercial when they take their royal tour of Africa later this fall.