Meghan Markle and Harry Unveil Unseen Pic from Africa of Fitting a Tracking Collar to an Elephant

Days after its creation, the new official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is already unveiling hidden treasures from the couple’s photo archive. A picture from 2017 shows them outside their comfort zone.

In August 2017, before the two were married, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled to Botswana just in time to celebrate the latter’s 36th birthday, and they paid a visit to Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders.

Harry has always been committed to wildlife conservation, and as patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana, he has seen the situation of endangered species in the country, working very close to the animals.

The Duke and Duchess placing a device on an elephant in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ sussexroyal

The Duke and Duchess placing a device on an elephant in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ sussexroyal

This is an interest he shares with both his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles, and the three of them wanted to show their support to the cause of ecology by attending the premiere of nature documentary series “Our Planet.”

While pregnant Markle didn’t attend the event at the Natural History Museum, the new account Sussex Royal featured a never-before-seen image of Harry and she as they placed a tracking collar on a sedated bull elephant in Botswana.

Botswana holds a special meaning for the Duke and Duchess of Harry. It was one of the first places the couple traveled together after they started dating, and when the time came for Harry to propose, he included a diamond from the country in Meghan’s engagement ring.

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Photo credit: PA, Image 1

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The snapshot was posted as part of a photo slide that also shows Harry, William, and Charles, at the red carpet event that marked the release of the Netflix series. The Royals were pictured alongside series narrator Sir David Attenborough.

Prince Harry hugs a friend and collaborator in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ sussexroyal.

Prince Harry hugs a friend and collaborator in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ sussexroyal.

Apart from the aforementioned red carpet picture, the post showed several images of Harry and Meghan field trips to the African country.

“Prince Harry’s longtime commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017,” the slideshow caption summarized.

Harry in a meeting in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ @sussexroyal.

Harry in a meeting in Botswana. I Image: Instagram/ @sussexroyal.

“Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human-wildlife conflict,” they explained.

Botswana holds a special meaning for the Duke and Duchess of Harry. It was one of the first places the couple traveled together after they started dating, and when the time came for Harry to propose, he included a diamond from the country in Meghan’s engagement ring.

Harry and Meghan announced their engagement to the world in November 2017, and they married in May 2018 in a ceremony watched by millions around the world, and by October that year, they announced they were expecting their first child.

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