The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have given royal fans a glimpse into their lives before they were married.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, shared a previously unseen photo on their new Instagram account of their trip to Botswana in 2017, where they assisted Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar.
The couple are dressed casually, kneeling on the ground, while fitting the collar to the sedated elephant, which allows scientists to track its movements.
It was included in a carousel of photos to highlight the duke’s work around conservation and protecting the planet, after he, brother William and their father Prince Charles attended the premiere of David Attenborough’s new Netflix documentary ‘Our Planet,’ on Thursday night.
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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Credit: Image 1 PA
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Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child in the coming weeks, began dating in July 2016 but they managed to keep the relationship secret for a few months.
The couple were spotted travelling to Botswana in Southern Africa in August 2017, around the time of Meghan’s 36th birthday. There were rumours that a proposal was imminent but nothing was confirmed.
The pair made their public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto a month later.
On November 27, 2017 the prince and the former actress announced their engagement, conducting a photocall in Kensington Palace Gardens and a TV interview with the BBC. They were married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19, 2018.
On Thursday it was revealed that Harry and Meghan have moved to their new official residence at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, ahead of the baby’s birth.