Prince Harry Shows off Photography Skills on Earth Day
The duke is a fan of rugby and polo and likes to spend time traveling. He also champions a number of causes many with an environmental focus. In an Instagram post on his newly established account with his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, the prince shared photographs of “his environmental POV.”
The post, a slideshow, included nine photographs in all. They began with a picture of Prince Harry and Markle walking hand-in-hand through Rotorua, New Zealand, according to the caption.
The reason this photograph made it into the slideshow was that it featured “majestic Redwoods,” which are among “the handful of species” that have survived since being “planted in the early [sic] 1900’s” along with “170 different species.”
This is the only photo in the slideshow that wasn’t taken by the duke himself.
Prince Harry’s photography skills
In the caption, it’s explained that the slideshow following the image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are all images shot by the duke himself.
First, there’s a black-and-white image of a rhino — referred to in the caption as “Africa’s Unicorn,” — resting its head on what appears to be a fallen tree or log. The image highlights the majestic beauty of the rhino and its horn. Rhinos are often poached for their horns in Africa and as addressed in the slideshow’s caption, “their biggest threat…is us.”
Then comes a color photo at what appears to be sunset where two feathers are shown upright followed by a black-and-white landscape shot in “Botswana’s Okavango Delta.”
While we don’t know for sure, the landscape photograph may have been taken by Prince Harry during his trip to Botswana with Markle around the time they first started dating where they “camped out under the stars,” as the prince stated in the first interview the couple gave following their engagement with the BBC.
Why Prince Harry doesn’t ‘go on safari’
It comes as no surprise that Prince Harry’s images from Africa were featured in the Instagram post. Africa is a place very near and dear to him. There have even been rumors that Prince Harry and Markle had plans to move to Africa, but Buckingham Palace shot them down.
“This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world,” Prince Harry told Town & Country in 2017. “I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here.”
But there’s one thing the prince doesn’t do when he’s in Africa: “I don’t go on safari,” he told the publication. “I come so I can surround myself with people [working in conservation] and support them.”
And the prince knows a thing or two about conservation, according to Peter Fearnhead, the CEO and co-founder of African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization.
“Harry […] is extremely informed on many of the key issues in conservation,” Fearnhead told Town & Country. “He has truly invested himself. He can speak with authority. And that’s very important.”
The rest of Prince Harry’s photographs feature a wide array of places and animals, clearly showing the prince’s passion for conservation and the environment.
One featured “desert lions” (a close-up of one lion’s eye), another featured Orca and Humpback whales, then there was a picture of a lush green forest in Guyana, followed by an image of plastic on the beach, and finally, an elephant.
The Duke of Sussex shared the images on Earth Day, which the caption said is “an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and to continue to safeguard our planet, our home.”