Prince Harry’s unannounced return to Botswana

It was revealed this week that Prince Harry has returned to his ‘second home’ of Botswana as part of his role as Patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana. Prince Harry spent time in Botswana with his now-fiancee, Meghan Markle, in Summer 2016 though it is believed that Ms Markle has not joined Harry on this particular visit.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent time in Botswana in 2016 and 2017.

Rhino Conservation Botswana’s sole aim is to prevent the extinction of black and white rhinos in Africa. The charity works with the Botswana government as well as partners including Wilderness Safaris – to rescue rhinos in peril and bring them to the Okavango Delta.

A Kensington Palace source said of Prince Harry’s Botswana visit, “Prince Harry is in Africa for a private, working trip, focused on organisations working in conservation across the region and learning more about the issues affecting wildlife in the region. Prince Harry holds official associations with two conservation charities in Africa, as Patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana and President of African Parks.”

As well as working with the government of Botswana, RCB also works with the governments of Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as tourism operators, to help reintroduce black and white rhinos to Botswana. RCB hope that the population of these black and white rhinos will increase over time and swiftly so that they populate new Northern areas of Botswana. RCB has been entrusted by the Botswana government to monitor Botswana’s rhinos and ensures they remain healthy and strong.

Botswana was a place that both Prince Harry and Prince William were taken to soon after the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. It has since become a place that Prince Harry has said he was “incredibly fortunate” enough to call his second home. Botswana is now even more special to Prince Harry as he sourced a diamond from the country for Meghan Markle’s bespoke engagement ring.

At the time of his appointment as Patron of RCB, Prince Harry said, “Being Patron of RCB is an opportunity to give something back to a country that has given so much to me.”

It is expected that Prince Harry will return to the UK sometime before the end of January.

Photo Credits: By Mark Jones [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons & UK in Italy

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