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Prince Harry has made a touching tribute to his late grandfather Prince Philip in a speech for World Earth Day.
In a statement accompanying a video released today (April 22), Harry praised his grandfather’s work in conservation and said he planned to follow in his footsteps.
The 36-year-old royal said: "As we now begin to move towards an era of global recovery and regeneration, it's critical that we continue to look at the strengthening and protecting of biodiversity, not just as a value we hold, but as a responsibility that is vital to our way of life.
"On this Earth Day, I reflect on the generations of conservation champions – including my late grandfather – and feel proud and energised to continue doing my part in this legacy.
"This year especially, I join the incredible African Parks team and communities around the world in shared dedication to our environment and collective well-being."
Omid Scobie, the author of Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom, uploaded the clip on his Twitter.
In the footage, African rural landscapes are shown along with a narration of Harry explaining the importance of conservation for food security and the environment.
The royal author and commentator said: "Prince Harry has narrated a re-release of @AfricanParks’ “Hope Starts Here" for #EarthDay.
"The video highlights the importance of resourcing national parks and protection areas to help deliver essentials like clean air and water, food security, jobs, education and healthcare.
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"Harry has been President of @AfricanParks since 2017 and is currently assisting them to grow to 30 national parks under management by 2030 (currently they manage 19 parks in 11 countries)."
This comes after a body language expert analysed members of the Royal Family at the funeral of Prince Philip, who died aged 99 on April 9.
Elaine Swann looked at his behaviour and believed Harry was trying to send his brother a message of love and support after the procession.
She told US Weekly: "You recognise two siblings trying to pull it together. I think Harry was doing his best to say, 'Hey, you know, bro, we’re still here. I’m still here. I still love you.'
"And I believe William did his best to open his body language toward his brother."
- Prince Harry
- Prince Philip
- Meghan Markle
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