Prince Harry spoke of the pressure he feels raising his son and Meghan Markle’s in a touching letter he wrote for an organization close to his heart.
The Duke of Sussex is currently President of African Parks, a non-profit conservation organization which aims to facilitate partnerships between governments and local communities in the management of national parks. The organization recently released its annual report for 2019, in which Harry wrote a letter about his own dedication to preserving wildlife.
In it, the British royal has addressed two major crises that are occurring worldwide today: a “crisis of extinction” and the coronavirus pandemic. He shared that while “a lot is still unknown” about the current health crisis, there is preliminary evidence to suggest that the new virus “may be linked to our exploitation of nature”.
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The organization, which, according to Harry, now manages 17 parks in 11 countries, has dedicated itself to providing conservation solutions through “security, education, jobs and investments in services and businesses local “. He said it was done by “putting people at the heart of the solution”.
Becoming a father-son, Archie reminded him of the importance of making the world a better and safer place, he said.
“Since I was a father, I feel that the pressure is even greater to guarantee our children the future they deserve, a future that has not been taken away from them and a future full of possibilities and opportunities”, wrote Harry.
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He continued, “I want all of us to be able to tell our children that yes, we have seen it happen, and with the determination and help of an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we have done the right thing. to restore these essential ecosystems. “
Prince Harry’s dedication to preserving wildlife, particularly in Africa, is a nod to his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales. Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embarked on a 10-day tour of the continent, with stops in Malawi and Angola. During his visit to the latter country, Prince William’s younger brother was on hand for the reopening of the Huambo orthopedic center after he was named in honor of his mother. Diana had visited the establishment in 1997 at the age of 36, before her death.
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In 2016, Harry invited Meghan to come to Botswana with him after their meeting, and again in 2017 to celebrate his 36th birthday. Botswana was also the country where he, Prince Charles and Prince William went after Diana’s death in 1997 to “get away”.
In addition, through his volunteer work with African Parks, Harry highlighted the organization’s past success in responding to the “devastating weather crisis” when Cyclone Idai hit the African coast.
“Houses have been destroyed, people have been displaced, cholera epidemics and lives have been lost,” he said. “But our Rangers were the first to transport doctors and medical supplies and deliver food to those who needed it most, before international relief agencies could even arrive.”
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Last month, Harry and Meghan celebrated Archie’s first birthday at a home celebration in Los Angeles. The couple celebrated their first child’s birthday with an adorable video of the former American actress reading “Duck! Rabbit! To Archie.
The proud parents wanted to take advantage of Archie’s birthday to educate children about having books and other learning tools for unprecedented times.