Prince Harry takes commercial flights to and from Japan for Rugby World Cup

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Prince Harry travelled in a commercial Nippon Airways flight. [Photo: Getty]

Prince Harry ‘took a commercial flight home’ from the Rugby World Cup final in Japan.

According to sources, the royal, 35, flew premium economy on both his out- and in-bound journeys between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda airports.

The prince was spotted by Irish drag artist Victoria Secret, who shared the sighting on Twitter, calling Harry a “beaut”.

Secret also shared a picture of Prince Harry on the plane in a now-deleted Instagram Story.

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Harry travelled premium economy with Japanese carrier Nippon Airways, according to Daily Mail.

Nippon Airways’ premium economy service offers the usual economy service with larger seat-back TV screens, a 38-inch seat pitch, universal laptop power point and USB port, according to the Flight Centre website.

Passengers are also treated to sparkling wine and Business Class desserts and drinks.

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Harry’s decision to take a commercial flight follows a row earlier this year over the royal’s decision to take a number of private jet journeys earlier this year – including back and forth to a Google Camp event in Sicily in July, and a further four separate flights for his family’s summer holidays in Nice and Ibiza.

Rugby player Faf de Klerk of South Africa and Prince Harry after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match., [Photo: Getty]

This is despite claims Harry made, during the launch of his new eco-tourism initiative in Amsterdam in September, that he travels on commercial flights “99 per cent of the time".

“Occasionally, there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, it's genuinely as simple as that,” he said during a question and answer session at the launch.

“As I said in my speech - it is about balance. If I have to do that - and it's not a decision I would want to take - I would ensure, as I have done previously and I will continue to make sure I do, is balance. I have always offset my CO2.”

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The Duke has travelled on commercial flights several times this year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took scheduled flights for a joint official visit to Morocco in February 2019, while Prince Harry was spotted on a British Airways flight travelling from Rome to London to attend the the wedding of wife Meghan’s friend, Misha NoNoo.

He also went to the aforementioned Amsterdam launch on a scheduled flight in September 2019, and the Duke and Duchess took British Airways flights to and from South Africa for their 10-day tour last month.