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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently quarantining together in Los Angeles after they stepped back from royal life in spring. The Duke of Sussex made a virtual appearance yesterday at the first Diana Award on what would have been his mother’s 59th birthday. But it is not only his grief he has struggled with this week after a truly devastating mystery at a spot where couple’s love was “rooted”.
Prince Harry surprised young people with a congratulatory video message on behalf of himself and Prince Wiliam for the first-ever Diana Award ceremony on Wednesday.
During his message, he spoke of his mother and how she would have been proud of the young people’s work.
Prince Harry said: “I know that my mother has been an inspiration to many of you and I can assure you she would have been fighting your corner.
“Like many of you, she never took the easy route, she never took the popular one, or the comfortable one.
“But she stood for something. And she stood up for people who needed it.”
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As he commemorated what would have been his mother’s 59th birthday, news broke of another charity in a country beloved by Prince Harry and Meghan: Botswana.
Harry and Meghan visited Botswana for Meghan’s 36th birthday in August 2017.
Speaking of the visits the couple took in the country during their engagement interview, Prince Harry said: “We met once and then twice back-to-back, two dates in London last July, at the beginning of July.
“Then it was, I think about three or maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.
“We camped out with each other under the stars…Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”
Sadly the country has been struck by tragedy after 169 elephants have been found dead over the last two months.
Director of conservation at UK-based charity National Park Rescue Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.
Harry and Meghan visited the Okavango Delta, known as the king of the African safari, during their visit in 2017.
Lab results on samples have been sent to be tested, but results could be weeks away according to the Government.
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Dr McCann told the Guardian: “This is a mass die-off on a level that hasn’t been seen in a very, very long time.
“Outside of drought, I don’t know of a die-off that has been this significant.”
According to the explorer biologist, the main possibilities are poisoning or an unknown pathogen.
Dr McCann added: “When we’ve got a mass die-off of elephants near human habitation at a time when wildlife disease is very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it seems extraordinary that the government has not sent the samples to a reputable lab.”
Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s elephants and 10 percent of these are located in the region impacted by this mysterious affliction which has killed hundreds of elephants.
Locals have said both male and female elephants of all ages have died.
Reportedly the elephants have been seen tumbling around in circles before they die, suggesting they may have been neurologically impaired.
People living nearby say they have seen several more elephants looking weak, which means the number of deaths could increase further.
This tragic event is heartbreaking for animal lovers around the world, but it is likely to be particularly devastating for Prince Harry and Meghan who visited this region and perhaps met some of the now-dead elephants.
The couple have often shared their passion for elephants over the years.
For World Elephant Day on August 12 last year, the couple posted unseen images from their trip in 2017 on the Sussex Royal Instagram account.
In addition, Meghan featured as the narrator in the Disneynature documentary Elephant released earlier this year.
Speaking of her love for elephants, she said: “I think they’re a lot more like us than they are different.”
She added: “I’ve been very lucky to have hands-on experience with elephants in their natural habitat.
“When you spend time connecting to them and other wildlife you really understand that we have a role to play in their preservation and their safety.”
Disney also announced they would be donating money from the film to the Elephants Without Borders charity in Botswana, which the couple visited in 2017.
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