Prince Harry Shares His Fears for Son Archie's Future in Moving Letter amid Coronavirus Crisis
Fatherhood has changed the way Prince Harry sees the urgency of conservation.
As President of African Parks, the Duke of Sussex recently contributed to the organization's new annual report, which talks about his 1-year-old son Archie.
"Since I became a father, the pressure has been even greater to ensure that we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that has not been taken from them, and a future full of opportunities and opportunities," said Harry. "I want us all to be able to tell our children that we saw this coming, and with the determination and help of an exceptional group of dedicated individuals, we have done what was required to restore these essential ecosystems."
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Prince Harry, 35, added that while the corona virus is already "going through an extinction crisis", it is "a global pandemic that has shaken us to the core and brought the world to a standstill".
"There are solutions that are feasible and work, and the African Parks model is one of them," he said, advocating how the organization helps the most vulnerable people, animals, and environments on the continent.
Africa is a place that is very important to Prince Harry - he even called it his "second home" - and he has visited the continent many times as a young boy. In 1997 he visited a Zulu village with his father in South Africa - and, strangely, met the Spice Girls before their concert in Johannesburg.
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Over the years, Harry has made both public and private trips around the country. He helped with nature conservation work, especially with rhinos and elephants, and he got to know people and their struggles.
Prince Harry was not only President of African Parks and Patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana, but founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, a charity to help young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced son Archie to the continent they love so much - and where they had their third date in Botswana! - in autumn, when the baby went on a royal trip to Africa with them. Archie even had his first royal engagement and accompanied his parents to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.
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Archie celebrated his first birthday on May 6th in Los Angeles, where Meghan and Prince Harry moved after resigning from their roles as senior members of the royal family earlier this year.
"Meghan made the cake - strawberries and cream," a source told PEOPLE about the quiet birthday parties. "And Harry helped with decorations and blew up balloons."
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