Prince William And Prince Harry Kick Off London Conference To End Illegal Wildlife Trade

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are stepping out together for a good cause.

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On Wednesday evening at St James’ Palace in London, the two Prince William and Prince Harry kicked off the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, where they were joined by “Ministers, leading conservationists, business people and activists,” according to Kensington Royal‘s official Twitter account.

Addressing attendees, including Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, People reports that Prince William said, “This is a global summit because the urgent challenge of the illegal wildlife trade is one we face as a global community.”

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He reportedly added, “This crime continues to hamper sustainable development, undermine the rule of law and deprive local communities of some of their most valuable natural resources.”

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Earlier in the day, the royal father of three joined The United for Wildlife Financial Task Force as they signed the Mansion House Declaration to disrupt illegal income garnered from the sale of “poached animal products.”

“By disrupting the income of the illegal wildlife trade we can disrupt a global criminal enterprise that brings great harm to communities around the world. And we will be part of something that protects wildlife for future generations too,” he said.

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Meanwhile, as William joined his younger brother Harry at the conference, the Duchess of Cambridge opened the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new Photography Centre as their Royal Patron.

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