Prince Harry enjoys a private canal tour in Amsterdam following reignited private jet row

Prince Harry enjoyed a private canal tour in Amsterdam yesterday – as the row over the environmentally-conscious duke using private jets was reignited.

As he boarded the Alhadj Djumaa vessel, a former migrant boat now owned by operated Rederij Lampedusa, the royal jovially chatted to staff and appeared to be enjoying taking in the Dutch scenery.  

The prince was also seen walking the streets of Amsterdam surrounded by members of the public, who seemed to be unaware that he was amongst them.

The Rederij Lampedusa website states that this particulat boat was seized by Italian authorities in July 2013. 

Prince Harry enjoyed a private canal tour in Amsterdam yesterday - as the row over the environmentally-conscious duke using private jets was reignited

Prince Harry enjoyed a private canal tour in Amsterdam yesterday - as the row over the environmentally-conscious duke using private jets was reignited

Prince Harry enjoyed a private canal tour in Amsterdam yesterday – as the row over the environmentally-conscious duke using private jets was reignited

As he boarded the Alhadj Djumaa vessel, a former migrant boat now owned by operated Rederij Lampedusa, the royal jovially chatted to staff and appeared to be enjoying taking in the Dutch scenery

As he boarded the Alhadj Djumaa vessel, a former migrant boat now owned by operated Rederij Lampedusa, the royal jovially chatted to staff and appeared to be enjoying taking in the Dutch scenery

As he boarded the Alhadj Djumaa vessel, a former migrant boat now owned by operated Rederij Lampedusa, the royal jovially chatted to staff and appeared to be enjoying taking in the Dutch scenery

The Duke of Sussex travelled to Amsterdam on a scheduled flight earlier this week to promote Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism. 

He announced the partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa at the city’s iconic A’dam Tower.

At the event the prince claimed ’99 per cent’ of the flights he takes are with commercial airlines – but analysis suggested six out of ten times he travels by private jet. 

Harry has been accused of hypocrisy for using charter flights six times this summer, while urging the public to cut their carbon footprint.

Earlier today Piers Morgan said the prince needs to ‘get off his high horse and stop preaching this “do as I say not as I do” nonsense as it’s making him a laughing stock’. 

The Duke of Sussex travelled to Amsterdam on a scheduled flight earlier this week to promote Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism

The Duke of Sussex travelled to Amsterdam on a scheduled flight earlier this week to promote Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism

The Duke of Sussex travelled to Amsterdam on a scheduled flight earlier this week to promote Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism

The crew of the Rederij Lampedusa private canal tour boat seemed elated to have the duke on board with them

The crew of the Rederij Lampedusa private canal tour boat seemed elated to have the duke on board with them

The crew of the Rederij Lampedusa private canal tour boat seemed elated to have the duke on board with them

Prince Harry, pictured yesterday, has been accused of hypocrisy for using charter flights six times this summer, while urging the public to cut their carbon footprint

Prince Harry, pictured yesterday, has been accused of hypocrisy for using charter flights six times this summer, while urging the public to cut their carbon footprint

Prince Harry, pictured yesterday, has been accused of hypocrisy for using charter flights six times this summer, while urging the public to cut their carbon footprint

The Duke of Sussex removed his grey suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his white shirt to climb aboard the canal boat

The Duke of Sussex removed his grey suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his white shirt to climb aboard the canal boat

The Duke of Sussex removed his grey suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his white shirt to climb aboard the canal boat

Speaking at the event, the prince refused to apologise for his recent private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: ‘I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial.

‘Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe – it’s as simple as that. For me it’s about balance. It’s not a decision I would want to take, but if I have to do that, I will ensure that I balance out the impact that I have.’

Despite his comments, analysis of Harry and Meghan’s known flights since their wedding last year shows six of the ten return trips they took were by private jet – 60 per cent of the total.

The prince was also seen walking the streets of Amsterdam surrounded by members of the public, who seemed to be unaware that he was amongst them

The prince was also seen walking the streets of Amsterdam surrounded by members of the public, who seemed to be unaware that he was amongst them

The prince was also seen walking the streets of Amsterdam surrounded by members of the public, who seemed to be unaware that he was amongst them

Prince Harry strolled through the Dutch capital and was largely unnoticed by members of the public

Prince Harry strolled through the Dutch capital and was largely unnoticed by members of the public

Prince Harry strolled through the Dutch capital and was largely unnoticed by members of the public

Harry dismissed concerns over his carbon footprint by insisting that he ‘offsets’ his emissions by donating to renewable energy incentives and planting trees.

Elton John said he did this on the prince’s behalf when he provided a private plane to fly him and Meghan to his home in the south of France last month.

The prince said: ‘I’ve always offset my CO2. What is offsetting CO2? So many people out there hear about it but don’t know about it. In my mind, it’s the right thing to do.

Speaking at the event, the prince refused to apologise for his recent private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: 'I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial'. Pictured giving a speech about Travalyst at the A'dam Tower

Speaking at the event, the prince refused to apologise for his recent private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: 'I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial'. Pictured giving a speech about Travalyst at the A'dam Tower

Speaking at the event, the prince refused to apologise for his recent private flights to Italy, France and Spain, saying: ‘I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial’. Pictured giving a speech about Travalyst at the A’dam Tower

Prince Harry gets on board a private jet in Nice last month following a visit to see Sir Elton John

Prince Harry gets on board a private jet in Nice last month following a visit to see Sir Elton John

Prince Harry gets on board a private jet in Nice last month following a visit to see Sir Elton John

Meghan cradles her son Archie as they get off a private jet at Nice Airport in France last month

Meghan cradles her son Archie as they get off a private jet at Nice Airport in France last month

Meghan cradles her son Archie as they get off a private jet at Nice Airport in France last month

 

‘We need to make it cool. But it can’t just be a ticking-the-box exercise. Somehow we have to connect people to where that little bit of extra money is actually going.

‘The moment you have that connection, you feel like you have a bigger purpose in life, you can actually see the difference you are making.’

Harry added: ‘I’ve learned that we cannot dismiss the idea of trying to do something, just because we can’t do everything. We can all do better. And while no one is perfect, we are all responsible for our own individual impact.’

One trip in July saw the sixth in line to the throne fly on a private jet to Sicily to deliver a speech at ‘Google Camp’. 

He also took holidays to Ibiza and Nice in August with his wife and son that produced 82 tons of CO2. That is the equivalent of the emissions from 17 cars over a whole year.  

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