Prince Harry traveled to
Africa without his wife Meghan Markle and his two children as the visit
was in his capacity as President of African Parks – a non-profit conservation
group that manages national parks across the continent.
The visit to Mozambique came
as the father-of-two highlighted wildlife conservation in the southern African
country, and “welcomed and co-hosted a group of US officials,
conservationists, and philanthropists as they toured protected wildlife and natural
areas,” a spokesperson said.
News of the Duke of Sussex’s
travel broke after the 37-year-old royal was photographed at the airport in
a snapshot shared on Twitter by Eric Morier-Genoud following the
Prince’s arrival in Vilankulos, Mozambique.
Following reports from the Instagram account Moz Paparazzi, it is believed the father-of-two chose to
stay at Vilanculos Beach Lodge – a luxurious beachfront resort described
as “one of the best hotels in Vilankulo”.
The Duke was pictured wearing
a cap alongside a shirt and pair of shorts, and it’s believed that he visited
several tourist destinations alongside the group he hosted.
Harry has a long association
with and fondness for Africa, where he’s been involved in many charitable
projects. In a moving speech to the United Nations last month, the Prince said:
“Since I first visited Africa at 13 years old, I’ve always found hope on
the continent. In fact, for most of my life, it has been my lifeline… It’s
where I’ve felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and
where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife.”
In 2010, Harry went to
Mozambique to tour a minefield with the Halo Trust, while dressed in a visor
and protective vest in scenes reminiscent of his late mother, Diana, Princess
African Parks is one of the
few private patronages Harry retained when he stepped down as a senior working
royal in 2020. He has worked with the charity since 2016 when he helped them
complete their relocation of 500 elephants in Malawi.
The non-profit conservation
organization manages around 20 national parks in partnership with governments
and local communities, in nearly a dozen countries including Malawi, Zambia,
Rwanda and Chad.
It was revealed earlier this
week that the Sussexes will be returning to Britain next month, for the first
time since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this summer.