Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  pledge to go Net zero by 2030

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pledge to go Net zero by 2030

11/02/2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pledge Archewell will ‘reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030’ in online statement shared hours after the Queen failed to mention them in her COP26 address

  • Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 39, have pledged to go net zero by 2030
  • Sussexes shared mission statement on their foundation website for Archewell 
  • Comes as Queen made a speech at COP26 yesterday but didn’t mention Harry 
  • Said world leaders to ‘earn a place in history’ and ‘answer the call of those future generations’ 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have pledged Archewell will go net zero by 2030, hours after the Queen didn’t mention her grandson the Duke in her intensely personal COP26 speech.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California, shared a mission statement on their Archewell foundation website today. 

The couple will work with an ‘independent consultant to track all Archewell-related activities’ from inception to ‘understand our collective footprint’. 

Last night, the Queen failed to mention Prince Harry in one of her most personal speeches ever at the opening of the global summit to discuss action on climate change.

Her Majesty addressed world leaders with a  powerful plea where she praised Prince Philip and gushed over Prince Charles and Prince William for carrying on her late husband’s work to protect ‘our fragile planet’. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have pledged to go net zero by 2030, hours after the Queen didn’t mention her grandson the Duke in her intensely personal Cop26 speech

The Queen praised William and Charles – but not Harry – as she urged world leaders to ‘earn a place in history’ and ‘to rise above the politics of the moment in her address to leaders at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last night

Posting on Archewell today, Harry and Meghan commented: ‘As global leaders convene for COP26 to commit to solutions for our climate crisis, all of us at Archewell, led by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, share our pledge towards a more sustainable future by becoming net zero by 2030.

‘Our co-founders, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a long-standing commitment to the planet, both together and prior to their union, with global projects and partnerships dating back over a decade.

‘Nearly every activity in daily life results in the release of carbon into the atmosphere, and the sum total of those emissions is considered our ‘carbon footprint.’ Here are some examples of what is part of that footprint:

‘While we have actively made choices to offset and balance this carbon footprint, now, with the tools provided by partner organizations, we know that we can all do better. We can be net zero, and this is what we pledge to do.

The monarch, who was speaking via video, also paid tribute to Prince Philip and described how ‘ the impact of the environment on human progress’ was a subject close to the heart of her ‘dear late husband’ as Charles, Camilla, William and Kate poignantly watched on the screen (top right of picture)

Charles also recently spoke of his pride for William’s work on the environment but made no mention of Harry who quit royal duties and Britain in 2020 to move to California with Megha

‘We are a young company, but today, Archewell joins our co-founders in committing to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

‘Achieving net zero carbon emissions means making a series of choices over time to make that footprint as small as possible, while compensating for any remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects.

‘As an organization, we will work with an independent consultant to track all Archewell-related activities from our inception (internet use, commutes, and electricity in home offices, for example) to understand our collective footprint. Using 2022 as our baseline year, they will develop a plan for Archewell that aligns with the latest guidance from leading organizations, like the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while offsetting remaining emissions until we achieve net zero in 2030 and beyond.

‘As we begin this endeavor, we will leverage the expertise of the non-profit organization Travalyst, founded by The Duke, and the sustainable investing platform Ethic, to focus our investments in support of a low-carbon economy.

‘We hope that you’ll join us. ‘

The statement was released hours after the Queen refused to mention her grandson in a deeply personal speech at the Cop26 conference. 

Royal watchers have said the decision not to namecheck her environmentalist grandson while addressing COP26 last night was a ‘glaring’ omission because the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan are so vocal about green issues.

In a pre-recorded message for delegates in Glasgow last night, Her Majesty spoke with unusual candour of her pride in her family and their stance on the environment – from ‘my dear late husband’, the Duke of Edinburgh, to her son the Prince of Wales and grandson the Duke of Cambridge.

The Queen said: ‘It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William. I could not be more proud of them.’

She included a poignant nod to her advancing years, saying many involved in the Glasgow summit – including herself – would not see the fruits of their actions, adding: ‘None of us will live for ever.’ But she stressed: ‘We are doing this not for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps.’

Her praise for her son and grandson came just days after Prince Charles spoke affectionately in public about William – but again failed to mention Harry – as he said: ‘I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of The Earthshot Prize’.

As his relationship with his British family remains strained because of repeated potshots from the US, Prince Harry and Meghan have also been vocal about the need for action on climate change but are yet to give a statement as politicians and business leaders gather in Glasgow to thrash out a deal. 

The couple have also been branded hypocrites for their use of private jets as well as their recent decision to publicly and financially back an ‘ethical’ Wall Street fund that invests in oil and gas.  

In May Harry declared it was ‘pretty depressing’ that children were growing up in a world where their home country was ‘either on fire or underwater’, insisting that climate change must be tackled ‘at the source’. 

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey for his AppleTV show, the Duke said: ‘I know lots of people out there are doing as best they can to try and fix these issues – but that whole sort of analogy of walking into the bathroom with a mop when the bath is over-flooding, rather than just turning the tap off’.  

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