Wrapping up his solo trip before he heads back to South Africa to meet up with Duchess Meghan in Johannesburg, Prince Harry’s focus shifted to anti-poaching in Malawi. But His Royal Highness made a very special gesture when he travelled to Liwonde National Park visiting the memorial site of Matthew Talbot.
The duke was pictured alongside park rangers as they stood firm while he laid down a wreath at the memorial site of Guardsman Matthew Talbot who was just 22 years old when he lost his life earlier this year while on a joint anti-poaching mission with the British Army, the Malawian government and African Parks.
The Counter-Poaching Operation requires local organisations to monitor and protect wildlife from poachers. These patrols by African Park Rangers can last between ten hours and eight days though and is incredibly dangerous for the guardsmen brave enough to stand their ground.
“Guardsman Talbot was proud of his role in countering this threat and had played a huge part in the progress and success so far,” the Sussex Royal Instagram account explains.
“The Duke laid the wreath on behalf of the Talbot family, and said he was honoured to be able to do so, as he has worked closely with park rangers in these efforts and celebrates each and every one of them as heroes.
The Duke of Sussex who serves as President of African Parks and Patron of Rhino Conservation said simply a few days earlier in Botswana, “If you look after nature, it will look after you.”
His Royal Highness was in Botswana focussing on conservation when he planted trees with the help of 200 local school children. He opted for a baobab – a plant severely under threat across Africa – but now has the potential to live and thrive for 1000 years.