Prince Harry Shows off Photography Skills on Earth Day

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is not only an heir to the British throne but he has many talents and hobbies.

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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New Zealand.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Redwoods Tree Walk on October 31, 2018, in Rotorua, New Zealand. | Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

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.”

Prince Harry with camera
Prince Harry takes a photograph out of the window of a Lesotho Army Helicopter on a Fuji X100s Camera as he travels over the Muluti Mountains on the way to a herd boy night school constructed by Sentebale on December 8, 2014, in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool /Getty Images

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.”

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 9 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday #earthday

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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.”