Royal fans baffled at Prince Harrys special announcement on New Zealand TV

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Fans of Prince Harry have been left baffled by a special announcement he gave on Maori television today.

Harry was speaking on a pre-recorded announcement on the Te Ao with Moana show in New Zealand to announce a new project involving his travel firm Travalyst.

He gave very few details during the two-minute long video littered with Maori words – and the show's host admitted that he was meant to give an interview with the show, but it hasn't happened "yet".

In the video, he said: “I’ve been to Aotearoa a number of times throughout my life and I’ve always felt a deep connection and respect toward the Māori people who make me feel so welcome every time.

“We're always being asked for feedback on our trips and experiences.

“But what would happen if our holiday rated us? It's an important question to ask. And we want all of you to help us answer it.”

The mysterious campaign will be led by the eco-travel non-profit company, which works with Google and Skyscanner to collect and display flight emissions data.

But social media users were left baffled by the scant announcement.

One user wrote: “Did anyone just see Prince Harry on Maori TV? What the heck was that all about????”

And another user wrote: “Prince Harry showing his colonising privilege.

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“Loved Māori culture but now wants to co-opt mātauranga Māori, tikanga, kaupapa Māori and our very language to push his agenda.

“Honestly, just another example of the Crown/Royal Family continuing to harm Māori.”

A blog post on the company's website gave a little more detail on Harry's love-affair with New Zealand, and the plans for the company in the country.

He said: “We’ve started our learning narrow and focused, in one location.

"And so, for the last year we’ve been working with operators and experts in New Zealand to discover what travelling sustainably looks like in the country, and what it means to the people that live there."

He said New Zealand was selected due to its "impressive history" as a leadering sustainable tourism destination.

"Travalyst is excited to amplify some of the hard work that New Zealand has undertaken in sustainability and showcase their areas of expertise," he added.

He said it included "regenerative tourism and how visitors can positively contribute to nature.

“Notwithstanding, New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been remarkable, and it was one of the few countries that were able to continue travelling domestically before much of the rest of the world.”

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