Harry and Meghan depart London's Westminster Abbey after a Commonwealth Service on March 11. (Photo: Frank Augstein/AP)
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s new Instagram account, launched Tuesday, is already proving to be a good follow.
On Thursday, the @SussexRoyal account shared a photo of the couple getting up close to an elephant during their trip to Botswana in 2017.
“Their Royal Highnesses traveled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar,” read the caption for the gallery post, which began with a photo of Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles at Thursday’s premiere of Netflix’s docu-series “Our Planet.”
The collar “allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human-wildlife conflict,” the caption explained.
“The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd,” the caption continued. “Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward.”
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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. Credit: Image 1 PA
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Botswana holds a special place in the couple’s hearts: Harry included a diamond from the southern African republic in the Cleave and Company engagement ring he used to propose to Meghan, along with two stones from Princess Diana’s personal collection.
During a sit-down interview with BBC News after their engagement was announced, Harry mentioned taking Meghan to Botswana early in their courtship.
After having two dates in London Harry said, “Then it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other under the stars… for five days.”
He reported that the “Suits” actress was “absolutely fantastic” during that early test of their compatibility. “Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me, to make sure we got the chance to get to know each other.”
Within minutes of launching, Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account had more than 270,000 followers. A little more than five hours later, Guinness World Records announced that @sussexroyal had become the fastest Instagram account to reach 1 million followers.
As of Friday afternoon, it had more than 3.9 million followers.
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Contributing: Maria Puente
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