Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Never-Before-Seen Photo from 2017 Botswana Trip on Instagram
They traveled to the African country to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders
The social media account’s fourth post paid tribute to the couple’s conservation work, in honor of Harry attending the premiere of the Netflix documentary Our Planet with father Prince Charles and brother Prince William on Thursday.
Fans scrolling through the photos were thrilled to see a never-before-seen snap of Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, placing a tracking collar on an elephant during a 2017 trip to Botswana. They are hard at work in the photo, both wearing baseball caps and casual clothing.
The caption explains that they traveled to the African country to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar, explaining that tracking the animal will allow conservationists to project him and other elephants from poachers.
The elephant was sedated for 10 minutes while the device was put on, then he was back up to join his herd – as seen in the following video of the animal waking up and getting onto his feet.
Africa holds a special place in Harry’s heart, and he has focused much of his conservation work there. He is president of African Parks and patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana. It has long been a go-to place for Harry, who has visited the continent since his teens and refers to it as “his second home.” Now it holds a special place in Meghan’s heart too — it was where Harry romanced his future wife just weeks after meeting her and where they reportedly fell in love.
“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”
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The couple headed to Botswana again shortly after Meghan’s 36th birthday in 2017 for a three-week getaway, when they assisted with the elephant tracking.
Harry made sure Meghan always had a reminder of the special place by choosing a diamond from Botswana as the centerpiece of her engagement ring. The stone is flanked by two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana‘s personal collection.