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Prince Harry’s Africa Trip Shifts to Anti-poaching Effort During Stop in Malawi

Britain’s Prince Harry will join an anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers in Malawi on Monday to highlight conservation work, another leg of his family’s southern African trip.

The Duke of Sussex arrived in Malawi on Sunday, met President Peter Mutharika and also visited a college to meet young women whose education is partially supported by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

On Monday, Harry will fly to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, where he will pay tribute at the memorial site for British soldier Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who was killed in May while taking part in counter-poaching operations in the country.

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He will also join an anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers and witness an anti-poaching demonstration conducted by local rangers and the UK military.

Harry, writing in The Daily Telegraph ahead of his national park trip, said conservation was “fundamental to our survival.”

“This may well sound hippy to some,” Harry wrote.

“But we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.”

The prince’s visit to Malawi doesn’t come without a bit of political controversy.

Human rights activists are hoping Harry also meets with civil society and opposition party members who accuse Muthatrika of rigging the country’s recent elections.

Mr. Mutharika has also been accused of turning a blind eye to violence by his supporters.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and the couple’s four-month-old son Archie are still in South Africa

Harry will then rejoin the family in South Africa for a township visit on Wednesday near Johannesburg. They will also meet Graca Machel, widow of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, and meet President Cyril Ramaphosa before departing for London.

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Written by How Africa

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