Prince Harry took commercial flights for Rugby World Cup in Japan

5 November 2019, 13:22

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final match between England and South Africa
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final match between England and South Africa. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

Prince Harry was spotted flying commercial to and from the Rugby World Cup in Japan following a row over his and Meghan Markle's use of private jets.

The 35-year-old royal flew in premium economy on a Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport to London Heathrow on Sunday after England were defeated in the final by the Springboks.

Irish drag queen Victoria Secret, who was travelling to Japan on the same flight as Prince Harry on Friday, posted a picture on Instagram of the Duke smiling on the plane, captioning it: "Prince Harry, oh my gosh."

She also tweeted: 'Sitting across from Prince Harry on our flight to Tokyo... and I can confirm he is a beaut. Nearly fell off my seat when he came on board."

Social media users responded to her post with one saying: "OMG, that's amazing, I am jealous".

Victoria Secret later commented on her post: "100 per cent telling the truth. Shook. There's also a tonne of rugby beauts on board. Every flight after this is going to disappoint me."

Another witness said they were on board the return flight leaving Japan on Sunday and saw Prince Harry sitting in premium economy.

The Duke of Sussex's decision to fly commercial comes after the row in August over the Duke and Duchess making four private jet trips in eleven days, despite campaigning on the importance of protecting the environment.

Sir Elton John defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, saying he had provided them with a flight to Nice to "maintain a high level of much-needed protection".

Before watching England play South Africa in the rugby final, Prince Harry attended a training session for would-be Japanese Paralympians.

Prince Harry speaks with para athletes during the wheel-chair rugby training session at the Para Arena in Tokyo, Japan
Prince Harry speaks with para athletes during the wheel-chair rugby training session at the Para Arena in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: PA
Prince Harry watching England play in South Africa
Prince Harry watching England play in South Africa. Picture: PA

After the match, which England lost to South Africa, Prince Harry posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram account: “Tonight was not England’s night, but the whole nation is incredibly proud of what England Rugby have achieved over the past few months.

"Hold your heads high boys, you did an outstanding job and we couldn’t have asked more from you.

"To the whole of South Africa - rugby unites all of us in more ways than we can imagine, and tonight I have no doubt that it will unite all of you."

England's rugby team was defeated in the World Cup final, losing 12-32 to South Africa.

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