Prince Harry opens up about the pressure that he feels for his son Archie’s future in a heartfelt letter.
The Duke of Sussex is the President of African Parks which is a non-profit conservation organization. It aims to facilitate partnerships between governments and local communities in the management of national parks. The organization recently released its annual report for 2019. As a part of that, Harry penned a letter about his own dedication to preserving wildlife.
The British Royal touches upon two major crises that is occurring in the world. One is an “extinction crisis” and the second is the coronavirus pandemic. He shares that while much is still unknown about the current health crises. There is some evidence that the novel virus “may be linked to our exploitation of nature.”
The organization manages 17 parks in 11 countries. It is dedicated to providing solutions to conservation through “security, education, jobs and investments made in local services and enterprises”.
He says this was done by “putting people at the heart of the solution.”
Harry’s heartfelt message
After becoming a father, the Prince says it reminds him of the importance of a safer and a better future for the next generation.
“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.
“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.”
Prince Harry’s contribution to wildlife preservation 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. While visiting the latter country, Prince William’s younger brother was on site for the reopening of the Huambo Orthopedic Centre. It was named in his mother’s honor. Diana had toured the facility in 1997 at age 36, before her death.
In 2016, Harry invited Meghan to come to Botswana with him after they had just met. And again in 2017 to celebrate her 36th birthday. Botswana was also the country where he, Prince Charles and Prince William went after Diana’s death in 1997 to “get away from it all.”
African Parks success
Additionally, through his volunteering with African Parks, Harry highlights the organization’s past success in responding to the “devastating weather-related crisis” when Cyclone Idai hit the African coast.
“Homes were destroyed, people were displaced, there were cholera outbreaks and lives were lost,” he continued. “But our Rangers were first in, transporting doctors and medical supplies and delivering food to those in need the most, even before international relief agencies could arrive.”
Last month, Harry and Meghan celebrated Archie’s first birthday in an at-home celebration in Los Angeles. The couple honored their first child’s birthday with an adorable video of the former American actress reading “Duck! Rabbit!” to Archie.
The proud parents wanted to use Archie’s birthday to raise awareness of having books. And other learning tools for children during unprecedented times.
Harry and Meghan support Black Lives Matter
Alongside fighting against climate change, Harry and Meghan have been supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. As well as working to help relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A source recently said: “The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we’re going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest.
“They’ve been very busy with the COVID efforts, particularly how it’s impacting on their charities. And their focus is now, shifting onto this movement – Black Lives Matter. It is something that really resonates with both of them.”
Whilst a second source said the couple “have been talking to organisations, activists and people in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement” in order to find ways in which they can help the cause.