Prince Harry believes that fatherhood has been paramount to his views on the urgency of conservation.
And as president of African Parks, Harry recently penned to forward to the organizations’ new annual report, where he talks of his 1-year-old, Archie.
“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 said.
“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.”
Harry, 35, added how that while “living through an extinction crisis,” the coronavirus is a “global pandemic that has shaken us to our core and brought the world to a standstill.”
“There are solutions that are actionable and that work, and the African Parks model is one of them,” he said.
Prince Harry has called Africa his “second home” and has visited the continent on multiple occasions beginning as a young boy. And in 1997 he joined his father in South Africa for a visit to a Zulu village.
Since then, Harry has made both public and private trips to the country. He has helped with conservation work, especially with rhinos and elephants, in addition to understanding its people and their struggles.
Harry has also co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, a charity to support young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Recently, Archie celebrated his first birthday on May 6 in Los Angeles, where the royal pair moved after stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family earlier this year.
“Meghan made the cake — strawberries and cream,” a source revealed to PEOPLE of the quiet birthday festivities. “And Harry helped with decorations and blew up balloons.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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