The Duke of Sussex has said we must protect our planet to ensure that our children are given "the future they deserve". In a public letter, written to one of his patronages, African Parks, the prince said becoming a father had only amplified his desire to create a better world.
"Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn't been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity," Harry wrote in the letter.
"I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems."
Africa is a continent that Harry holds close to his heart. Having first visited as a child, he has returned often throughout his life both as part of conservation and volunteering efforts, and for personal trips. He and Meghan spent a week in Botswana not long after they first met.
Last autumn, both Harry and Meghan brought Archie along on their official tour of South Africa - their first royal tour as a family of three.
"We are currently living through an extinction crisis and now a global pandemic that has shaken us to our core and brought the world to a standstill," said Harry in the letter. "On the extinction crisis the science is clear; we have perhaps a decade to course correct before we lock in our fate. On this pandemic, while much is still unknown, some evidence suggests that the virus' origins may be linked to our exploitation of nature. The gravity of these challenges is coming to light, but we must not be paralysed by them."
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