Harry and Meghan announce new climate pledge after Queen ‘snub’ in Cop26 speech

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their climate change pledge a day after the Queen praised Charles and William for their work but seemed to snub Prince Harry.

The couple's Archewell Foundation has pledged to be net-zero by 2030 as inspired by Harry and Meghan's "long-standing commitment to the planet, both together and prior to their union."

In a statement on its website, the foundation said: "Achieving net-zero carbon emissions means making a series of choices overtime to make that footprint as small as possible while compensating for any remaining emissions through high-quality carbon removal projects.

"As an organisation, 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 organisations, 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."

The statement added that Harry's sustainable tourism initiative Travalyst and the investing firm Ethic, which the pair have invested in, will advise the foundation on "focusing" its investments "in support of a low-carbon economy".

A spokesperson for Archewell said: "Carbon emissions are a part of nearly every activity in daily life-the food we eat, the electricity we use, and the internet we are connected to, for example. The totality of these actions comprises our 'carbon footprint'.

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"Today's commitment is that Archewell, including Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be working with experts to assess the sum total of our emissions and develop a plan of action to reach net zero.

"Achieving net-zero carbon emissions means making a series of choices over time to make our footprint as small as possible while compensating for any remaining emissions through investments in carbon removal projects like reforestation."

The announcement comes after body language expert, Judi James claims the Queen leaving Prince Harry's name out of her speech at COP26 while praising his brother William and father Charles is a snub that 'will not be forgotten.'

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the analyst said: "This is an immensely personal and touching speech from the Queen, who uses it to create a wonderfully loyal and loving tribute to her late husband Philip.

"The Queen speaks not just as a royal leader but as a proud widow, mother and grandmother.

"Her words are stunningly emotional as she speaks of ‘my dear late husband’, quoting a speech he made on the urgency of climate change back in 1969.

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"Her pride also spills over as she refers to the way that ‘the leading role my husband played lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William ’.

"The glaring omission of Harry’s name on this list will probably be discussed but the Queen seems emphatic about the chain of eldest to eldest being remarkable.

"She even adds ‘I could not be more proud of them’ to make this one of the most emotional public messages ever from the Queen."

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