The Duchess of Sussex also told the famed conservationist, "You’ve been my idol since I was a child"

By Stephanie Petit
July 23, 2019 02:03 PM
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Archie Harrison had a very special visitor this summer!

Dr. Jane Goodall stopped by Frogmore Cottage last month to see Prince Harry ahead of Tuesday’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting, and the famed primatologist even snuck in a cuddle session with Archie.

“He’s very cute and very gentle,” Dr. Goodall told reporters on Tuesday.

Meghan Markle also met Dr. Goodall during the visit, and the Duchess of Sussex revealed herself to be a big fan.

“She told me she’s followed me all her life. She told me, ‘You’ve been my idol since I was a child. I’ve hero worshipped you all my life,’ ” said Goodall.

Dr. Goodall was not surprised that Harry’s interest in conservation increased after becoming a parent.

“We talked about Roots and Shoots and I said, ‘Of course you’re interested now, you have a baby,’ and he said, ‘Of course!’ ” she said. “When you bring a child into the world, you have to worry about the future. If we don’t make change, we don’t have a future. It’s as simple as that.”

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During Tuesday’s meeting with young members of the Roots and Shoots program from around the world, Goodall asked Harry if he remembered the “chimp greeting” from when they previously met. The royal put on his best animal impression, approaching her as if he was a male chimp and she was a nervous female chimp. He then patted her on the head, encouraging her to embrace him in a hug!

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Harry and Dr. Goodall have met on several occasions over the years, and at the meeting he praised the primatologist and anthropologist for both her work and compassion.

“She is a woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind,” he said on Tuesday. “I’ve been admiring her work since I was a kid, and it was so wonderful to find that she was even more amazing in person.”

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At the meeting, Harry then addressed attendees and heard presentations from representatives from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The Duke of Sussex then met with young people in the program and learned about the issues affecting them before posing for a group photo.

Prince Harry and Dr. Jane Goodall
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As President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, Prince Harry has met with young people from around the world to learn about the daily problems they face. He is also committed to advancing conservation efforts around the world — something close to the hearts of dad Prince Charles and brother Prince William as well.

In addition to his work with the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Harry has also focused his conservation work in Africa, where he is the president of African Parks and patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana.

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Roots & Shoots is a global program empowering young people through hands-on projects chosen by the participants. The program works to ignite and inspire the belief that every individual can take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Founded by Dr. Goodall in 1991 with just 12 Tanzanian high school students from nine schools, Roots & Shoots now involves students in over 50 countries with members ranging from pre-school through university. These individual efforts of the hundreds of thousands of young people around the world are collectively making monumental change. Dr. Goodall has convened a select group of Roots & Shoots students from around the world, annually over the last six years in Windsor, to share their projects, discuss local and global problems and to collectively encourage one another in their work and activism.