Prince Harry showed her acting skills – and her “Girl Dad” T-shirt – in a new video campaign for her nonprofit travel organization Travalyst.
The nearly five-minute video promoting sustainable travel for New Zealanders cheerfully offers the idea that tourist destinations value travelers – instead of the other way around.
In the YouTube video released Monday, the Duke of Sussex stars alongside New Zealand actors Rhys Darby, Dave Fane and Rena Owen.
At the beginning of the clip, the royal is seen running through the woods before being stopped by a New Zealand “rating agent”. Harry is questioned about a lollipop wrapper he would drop in 2018, when he is Megan Markle they were visiting the country on a royal tour.
The agent examines a rather personal rating system for the duke, praising him for using only one towel during a hotel stay and for not having running water while brushing his teeth.
The revelations prompt a bewildered Harry to question the agent: “How do you know? It’s really weird.”
Later, after a second agent arrived and they discover a mess, they should have stopped Harry Styles instead of the prince – the forearm of the royal is stamped with four stars.
In a statement shared with HuffPost, the Duke talks about the “opportunity and need to redefine the industry, for the better, for the better” as travel picks up in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
“We created the nonprofit Travalyst to rethink how travel can continue to expand our global understanding, break down barriers, and create cultural connections through experiences we wouldn’t otherwise have,” Harry says in the statement.
“We do this while, at the same time, ensuring that local communities truly feel the benefit of tourism and safeguarding essential ecosystems. In a world where we are tasked with evaluating so many things, we now ask ourselves: what if your destination had evaluated you?
The Duke of Sussex exclusively premiered the campaign on the Maori TV show “Te Ao with Moana.”
Harry launched his initiative to promote sustainable travel in 2019, along with partners Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com Group, Tripadvisor and Visa. Google and Expedia recently registered efforts to “enable travelers to make better choices for themselves and for the planet”.
The duke will soon be traveling himself. A spokesperson recently confirmed to HuffPost that Harry and Meghan will return to the UK for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. The couple will be joined by their two children, Archie and Lili.
Lili, who was born in June 2021he has yet to meet his great-grandmother in person.
The news of the Sussexes joining the festivities the announcement of Buckingham Palace followed that the couple would not be included in Trooping the Color’s annual balcony appearance.
“After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that the traditional balcony appearance of Trooping the Color this year, Thursday 2 June, will be limited to Her Majesty and those members of the royal family who are currently taking official public positions on behalf of of the queen, “the palace said in a shared statement with HuffPost on Friday.
The announcement means that Prince Andrew, who is not a royal worker, will also not be joining the royal family on the balcony. Andrew fell out of favor for his association with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.