Shocking as Prince Harry had to be introduced as just “Harry” during an event on Wednesday, making it his final round of public engagements until he and Meghan step aside from royal duties.
The Duke of Sussex, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, will stop using “His Royal Highness” from the end of March when the couple stops being working royals.
During a conference in Edinburgh for his tourism sustainability project Travalyst, it became clear he was already getting used to a more informal lifestyle.
“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,” host Ayesha Hazarika said in her introduction.
The 35-year-old prince has faced accusations of hypocrisy for using private planes while advocating action to combat global warming but he insists he mostly travels via commercial flights.
He used his remarks in Edinburgh to warn of the risks of huge increases in tourists at key locations, which he said could cause pollution, overwhelm local communities and drive out wildlife.
As sixth in line to the throne, Harry’s announcement in January that he and his wife wanted to step back from their royal positions rocked the monarchy.
The pair revealed plans to split their time between Britain and Canada, after complaining about media intrusion and expressing a desire to be financially independent.
Harry arrived in Edinburgh by train on Tuesday evening without Meghan or their baby son Archie.
On Friday, he will be in London to meet US rock singer Jon Bon Jovi, who is recording a special song for the prince’s Invictus Game Foundation for military veterans.
They will meet at Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles recorded most of their albums and where Bon Jovi is also recording his song with a choir made up of wounded veterans and serving personnel.
While Speaking with BBC about the event, the singer laid bay that following his official exit from royal life, Harry will now be the artist’s name, though he was formerly known as Prince.
The musician Prince took this title after eschewing his name in favour of a symbol.
Harry and Meghan will join the queen on March 9 for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which is expected to be their last official appearance as working royals.
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