Prince Harry spoke about his love for Botswana as he visited the country on day four of his and Meghan Markle’s royal tour.
Harry went it alone for the trip Thursday, telling reporters: “15 years I’ve been coming here, it’s a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose.
“I have some of my closest friends here and I came here in 1997 or 1998 straight after my mum died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all.
“But now I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa,” he added in a video posted by Sky News.
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From South Africa 🇿🇦✈️ to Botswana🇧🇼! • What a welcome! The Duke of Sussex has kicked off the next leg of #RoyalTourAfrica by planting trees in Chobe National Park with 200 school children from local primary schools. The Duke planted a baobab, which are severely under threat across Africa, which will live for 1000 years! Each child grew their sapling from seed in a mission to restore the Chobe Forest Reserve. They were all grown in recycled milk tins from the elephant orphanage, using fertilised soil from the orphans’ dung! The park is home to a huge elephant population – more than 17,000 – along with some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant eco-systems. The people, wildlife and whole area rely on the Chobe River to survive, but many species and indigenous trees are sadly now extinct. There is critical need to secure the forest so wildlife have access to the river. The Duke was welcomed by his close friend Dr Mike Chase, Founder of Elephant Without Borders, who has dedicated his life to supporting Botswana’s people and Elephants. ‘If you look after nature, it will look after you’ – The Duke of Sussex The Duke will shortly continue the tour with stops in Angola 🇦🇴 and Malawi 🇲🇼 focussing on community, HIV/AIDS and environment. #RoyalVisitBotswana Photo © PA Images
Harry also discussed climate change, giving a nod to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and the recent global climate strike.
He shared, “We’re all in the middle of it.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who is not involved in conservation somehow, or shouldn’t be involved in conservation somehow.
“This last week led by Greta – the world’s children are striking.
“It’s an emergency, it’s a race against time which we are losing.”
Harry continued, “Everyone knows that, there’s no excuse for not knowing that, and I think the most troubling part of it is, that I don’t believe there is anyone in this world that can deny science.”
Botswana holds a special place in both Harry and Meghan’s hearts, with the pair going on two dates in London before the Duke of Sussex asked the former “Suits” star to visit him there.