The Duke, 34, took the chopper from London to Birmingham to carry out two engagements on Monday.
But on Wednesday he leapt on stage at a star-studded event at Wembley Arena and urged 12,000 screaming young fans to “wake up” and act “on the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world”.
It comes a month after his wife Meghan — who stood by his side at the London gig — took a private jet with Amal Clooney from New York.
A Friends of the Earth spokesman said then: “Private air travel obviously comes with a huge carbon footprint. Perhaps for future trips the Duchess could consider less carbon-intensive modes of travel.”
If Harry had made his trip by train it would have taken him 80 minutes from London Euston to Birmingham New Street.
HARRY SNUBS 'GREEN' TRAIN
The service runs every 10-20 minutes and a first-class advance ticket is £34. Meanwhile helicopters take 45 minutes and cost around £6,000.
Going by rail reduces each passenger’s carbon footprint by at least 90 per cent compared with flying, research by Eurostar shows.
Carbon emissions add to global warming.
But it is thought that the Duke of Sussex used an AgustaWestland A109S Grand Chopper, complete with customised interior and leather seats.
During his three-hour visit, he went to a hospital and opened a memorial to the victims of the 2015 Tunisia terror attacks.
Then two days later he went to London’s Wembley for WE Day — which celebrates young people making a difference in the world.
He told them: “Climate change is a humanitarian issue and one where we’ve been far too slow in waking up to the issues and acting on the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world.
“We now have the facts, the science, the technology and the ability to save not just our planet, but ourselves.”
Climate change is a humanitarian issue and one where we’ve been far too slow in waking up to the issues and acting on the damaging impact our ways of living are having on the world.
He went on: “I know you don’t sit back and wait for solutions, you take action and create them.
“Our world’s greatest assets are threatened every day . . . every forest, every river, every ocean, every coastline, every insect, every wild animal. Every blade of grass, every ray of sun is crucial to our survival.”
Harry and Meghan were due to use a chopper to get to Bristol last month but snow forced them to get the train.
Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, also used the Clooneys’ jet to return from her US baby shower.
William and Kate routinely use helicopters for public duties. They took one to Blackpool on Wednesday. Previously Wills and Harry’s uncle Andrew was dubbed “Air Miles Andy” for his love of flying.
Kensington Palace said: “Travel decisions are based on a number of factors, including effective use of time, security and minimising the impact on others, while ensuring the full schedule can be delivered.”
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Racist comments about Asian soldier
DURING his speech, Harry said: “You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify.”
But in 2009, footage emerged of Harry making racist comments during his training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
In the clip, he referred to Asian soldier Ahmed Raza Khan as “our little Paki friend.”
It was recorded by Harry himself in 2006, when he was 21.
Another video showed Harry saying to another cadet: “F*** me, you look like a rag-head.”
Harry apologised and was ordered to attend an equality and diversity course by the Army.
Dressed as Nazi at fancy dress bash
HARRY said: “To be happy is to be mindful, mindful of the 7.7billion other humans that inhabit this planet.”
But he was not quite so mindful in January 2005, when the then 20-year-old failed to realise the offence he would cause by wearing a German army uniform and Nazi swastika to a fancy dress party.
And as if that in itself wasn’t bad enough, the gaffe came just a fortnight before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The scandal led to widespread condemnation and Harry issued a statement saying: “It was a poor choice of costume and I apologise.”
Shot buffalo dead on big game hunt
THE Prince said: “Every forest, every river, every ocean, every coastline, every insect, every wild animal. Every blade of grass, every ray of sun and every raindrop is crucial to our survival.”
And yet, the Harry of old didn’t appear to have quite so much concern for every wild animal.
In 2004, when Harry was in Argentina during a gap year, he killed a water buffalo during an organised big game hunt and then posed for a trophy photograph.
After Harry married animal-loving Meghan last year there were claims she had banned him from the Royals’ traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot — but the Prince did join December’s hunt.
Pictured naked on Las Vegas holiday
IN an effort to inspire his audience, Harry encouraged them to “dare to be the greatest generation of all time”.
If only he could have taken his own words on board in 2012 during a lost weekend in Las Vegas.
He spent some of his time there naked and surrounded by strippers. And it culminated in the infamous picture of Harry displaying his crown jewels during a game of strip billiards.
Not his proudest moment, and it cemented his reputation as the royals’ greatest party animal.
But it won’t have been how the Queen wanted the next generation of royals to represent the Crown.
- By Kate Jackson
Prince Harry drags wife Meghan on stage to the delight of the WE Day crowd at Wembley
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