Jane Goodall Reportedly Cuddled Little Archie During Visit With Prince Harry And Meghan Markle

Prince Harry will meet animal and environmental conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall in London Tuesday.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex met with young people doing ground-breaking work in their communities as part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership gathering. Started in 1991 by world renowned ethologist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, with just 12 high school students in Tanzania, Roots & Shoots brings together young people from around the world who are leading projects in their communities to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Today @RootsAndShoots has over 150,000 groups in over 50 countries – the collective power of these young people is limitless. His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centred approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day. As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach, for July we turned our attention to following accounts featuring the environment. @JaneGoodallInst, founder of Roots & Shoots, is one of those selected profiles, having dedicated her life’s work to bettering our environment and world. To learn more, visit @RootsAndShoots. Photo©️ PA images

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The pair met at St. George’s House in Windsor Castle, where Goodall was holding a global leadership meeting for the Roots & Shoots organization she founded in 1991, “Good Morning America” confirmed.

A Jane Goodall Institute spokesperson revealed: “Nearly three decades ago, as Dr. Goodall was launching efforts to improve welfare for captive chimpanzees and launch efforts to protect chimpanzees in the wild, she met young people around the globe who were apathetic about their future.

“They felt there was nothing they could do to fix the problems they saw around them.”

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The spokesperson continued, “Dr. Goodall knew that if we had a generation of young people who didn’t care, who weren’t feeling empowered, then any effort for chimpanzees or the environment we share would be a waste.

“We know that [Prince Harry] is keenly involved in youth and global environmental issues and Dr. Goodall believes that his visit will inspire the participants knowing that someone of his stature is eager to learn of their efforts.

“Those involved in Roots & Shoots are already making a vast difference in their countries to benefit the community, animals, including domestic animals and the environment we all share.”

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During their meeting, the pair shared a little dance before launching into a “Chimpanzee Greeting” which Goodall taught Harry the last time they met.

“A couple of captured moments between The Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall at today’s event,” the official Instagram for the Duke shared. “The pair share an impromptu dance and ‘Chimpanzee Greeting’ which Jane taught The Duke when they first met. Today’s event was full of education, inspiration and fun. Because working hard and playing hard are not mutually exclusive.”

Not only did Harry and Goodall meet on Tuesday, but Goodall reportedly stopped by Frogmore Cottage last month for a visit with new arrival Archie.

According to reporter Emily Andrews, Goodall even got in a cuddle session with the youngster.

Harry’s wife Meghan Markle also met Dr. Goodall during the visit and gushed over being next to her “idol:” “You’ve been my idol since I was a child. I’ve hero-worshipped you all my life.”

Roots & Shoots began with just 12 students in Tanzania but now has over 700,000 participants around the world.

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