Prince Harry refuses to be called royal & ‘doesn’t need a title to be a big deal’

Prince Harry was relaxed and happy when he spoke to hundreds of people at a conference in Scotland – and refused to be called Prince Harry.

Ayesha Hazarika, the journalist who introduced the 35-year-old royal onto the stage at the Travelyst conference in Edinburgh, told the audience, "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."

Harry had travelled from his new home in Canada to Scotland to attend the conference, aimed at finding ways to make sustainable travel a reality.

Ayesha also admitted she found Harry to be 'warm and relaxed' and 'didn't look like a man wracked with anxiety' about the debate over the controversial decision for him and wife Meghan Markle to step down as working royals.

Ayesha Hazarika

Ayesha Hazarika

She told Good Morning Britain, “He was very warm, relaxed and seemed very focus on the reason he was up there.”

She added, “He was pretty chilled out. One thing I did notice was that he was very informal. He wandered around very freely with all the other delegates.

“I got the impression he is very focused on what he wants to do. He was pretty defiant as well. I didn't sense that he thinks 'this has all been a nightmare, I'm going to hide away.'

“From the reaction he got and the way he conducted himself, he clearly doesn't need a title to be a big deal.”

Harry, who has been attacked for flying around the world on private planes while highlighting the need for the world to be more sustainable, flew to London on a commercial flight from his new home in Canada before travelling by train to attend yesterday's Travalyst conference.

The son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was there for a 'working summit' with delegates but he was not nervous or worried about facing any backlash.

Ayesha explained, “I was a bit nervous about how to introduce him. It's been a huge fandangle over his title. I said 'what do you call him?' and they said, 'just call him Harry.'"

Prince Harry at the Travelyst conference

Prince Harry at the Travelyst conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

Meghan and Harry will step down from being senior royals from March 31 or 'Megxit' as it has become known.

And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just discovered they will no longer have their security costs covered by the Canadian government once they officially step back from royal duties at the end of March.

The couple have spent the majority of their time in Canadan living in a rented £10million mansion in North Saanich, Vancouver Island.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have provided security to the couple since November, but now, the Government of Canada has confirmed they will cease contributing to those costs "in the coming weeks" because of the change in royal status.

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