The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to Botswana in August 2017 to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday, over a year since they first visited the country when they were believed to have begun dating.
The country holds a special place in the Duke’s heart, it is where he sourced one of the diamonds for his now wife’s engagement ring which was placed on a gold band with two diamonds from his mother Princess Diana’s personal collection.
Last April, the couple shared photos from their 2017 trip on their Instagram account, revealing for the first time to their fans that during their trip they assisted the wildlife conservation organisation Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar.
On Monday, March 9, the Duchess met with 22 students who have received scholarships from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at Buckingham Palace, marking one of her final solo engagements as a royal before she and Harry step down as ‘senior members’ of the royal family on March 31.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Meghan spoke to a female Ph.D. student from Kenya about the topic of sustainable travel.
‘That’s something my husband is incredibly passionate about,’ she reportedly told the Sheffield Hallam University student. In September last year, Harry launched his sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, which aims to improve conservation efforts, protect the environment and develop the economies of communities involved in tourism
‘During our travels to Botswana and different parts of Africa, we’ve seen the link between tourism and how much money is going outside of the country instead of back to communities,' she said, per the publication. 'There has to be a symbiotic relationship.’
In order to integrate with the local people, the Duchess revealed that the couple prefer to camp together.
‘When we go to Botswana, we grab a backpack and pitch a tent!’ she said.
‘It’s not much, but that’s how we like it!’
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