Prince Harry writes letter fearing for Archie’s future as world faces ‘extinction crisis’ | Royal | News

Prince Harry penned a heartfelt letter for the 2019 annual report of the African Parks, an association of which he is the president. In it, the Duke of Sussex voiced his concerns over the future of the world and the risks humanity is facing. 

Speaking as a father of Archie, who turned one last month, Prince Harry wrote: “Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn’t been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity.

“I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems.”

In his lengthy message, the Duke of Sussex spoke about his well-known love for the African continent and its environment. 

But he also voiced his views on climate change and the urgent need to tackle it and modify our ways of life to save the world from a catastrophe.  

He said: “We are currently living through an extinction crisis, and now a global pandemic that has shaken us to our core and brought the world to a standstill.

“On the extinction crisis the science is clear: we have perhaps a decade to course correct before we lock in our fate.

“On this pandemic, while much is still unknown, some evidence suggests that the virus’ origins may be linked to our exploitation of nature.

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“The gravity of these challenges is coming to light, but we must not be paralysed by them.”   

African Parks is a non-for-profit organisation which takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and management of protected areas in the African continent.

The organisation partners up with local communities and government in a bid to see the parks flourishing as well as supporting the surrounding areas by providing jobs and opportunities. 


Highlighting the work African Parks have done since 2003, Prince Harry said: “What I see in the African Parks model is exactly what conservation should be about – putting people at the heart of the solution.

“African Parks is ensuring that the protected areas under our management directly benefit surrounding communities through security, education, jobs, and investments made in local services and enterprises that can stimulate conservation-led economies.

“Conservation can only be sustained when people living closest to nature are invested in its preservation.” 

Prince Harry started collaborating with African Parks in 2016, when he travelled to Malawi to take part in the 500 elephant relocation project. 

The Duke of Sussex spent three weeks in the country, working alongside volunteers, vets and experts. 

The project succeeded in safely translocate elephant herds from Majete and Liwonde, where numbers are thriving, to help replenish stocks in NkhotakotaWildlife Reserve, which is under the control of African Parks.   

Prince Harry became president of the association the following year. 

The African continent has played an important role in the Duke of Sussex’ life.  

During his tour to central and southern Africa in September last year, Harry revealed visiting the continent after the death of his mother Princess Diana had helped him find some comfort. 

Visiting Lesotho during his gap year in 2006 also pushed the Duke to create Sentebale, a charity helping children whose lives have been destroyed by AIDS. 

Prince Harry has shared his love for Africa with his wife Meghan Markle, as he took her on a trip to Botswana in 2017, during which they followed closely the work done by Elephant Without Borders. 

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