Prince Harry is showing off his skills behind the camera!
In honour of Earth Day, pics taken by the Duke of Sussex during his travels to Africa, Norway, South America and more were posted to the Sussex Royal Instagram page, along with information about how humans are impacting nature. The photos begin with a shot of Harry and his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, walking hand in hand among Redwood trees in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The first Harry-taken shot is a black-and-white image of a rhino, leaning its head on a branch with cloudy skies behind. The caption reveals that the rhino has “survived ice ages and giant crocodiles… yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us.” The account also shared an up-close shot of a desert lion’s eye, a pic of whales with a snowy mountain backdrop and a photo of an elephant in Malawi.
In addition to shots of animals, the account shared pics of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Guyana forests and plastics littering rocks by the ocean, which, the account explains, end “up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet, but medical problems for ourselves too.”
“Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home,” the caption read alongside the shots. “… Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday #earthday”
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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our 🌍 are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday
Buckingham Palace released a statement on Monday to address the rumours, noting that “any future plans” for Meghan and Harry are “speculative at this stage,” and “no decision has been taken about future roles.” However, the Palace did not completely deny the report.
The couple’s potential plans to relocate for two to six months are in the “beginning stages,” a source tells ET, adding that the new “assignment” would be a way to use their popularity in a commonwealth country.
“While details would naturally be formalized over time, with Harry and Meghan’s role as President and Vice President, respectively, of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, any relocation for an extended period of time would be an opportunity for them to work in their already established humanitarian roles,” the source says, adding that any extended overseas posting wouldn’t happen before 2020. “The idea is it’s really a step beyond the traditional royal visit; an opportunity to have some roots and time in a place, so that [they] can focus more in depth and interact in the community as [U.K.] Ambassadors.”
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