Prince Harry shares fears for Archie's future in passionate letter

Lifestyle Team
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Prince Harry feels "pressure" to give his son "the future he deserves" amid the climate crisis.

The 35-year-old royal has 12-month-old son Archie with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and has said fatherhood has made him more concerned about the environment, because he wants to make sure Archie and other young children are able to live lives "full of possibility and opportunity".

Prince Harry holding Archie
Prince Harry has written an open letter for African Parks about the extinction crisis. Photo: Instagram/SussexRoyal

In a letter written for African Parks, Harry explained: "We are currently living through an extinction crisis, and now a global pandemic that has shaken us to our core and brought the world to a standstill. On the extinction crisis the science is clear: we have perhaps a decade to course correct before we lock in our fate. On this pandemic, while much is still unknown, some evidence suggests that the virus' origins may be linked to our exploitation of nature. The gravity of these challenges is coming to light, but we must not be paralysed by them.

"Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn't been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity. I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019.
Harry said since becoming a father, he's felt the pressure is even greater to ensure children have the future they deserve. Photo: Getty Images

Alongside fighting against climate change, Harry and Meghan have been supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as working to help relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we're going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest,”royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.

Harper’s Bazaar reported that the couple is having conversations with “community leaders” about what is going on in the country.

“Harry and Meghan have been having private conversations with community leaders and people at every level, to ensure that they understand current events,” Omid Scobie, the couple’s biographer said.

“This is something that is incredibly personal to Meghan, especially given everything she has experienced. And as a couple, it is, of course, very important. They are both feeling it, just like the rest of us.”

A source told the magazine: “By speaking to as many people and organisations as possible, it has been a way for them to feel connected to everything that's going on and learn more about the issues surrounding it.”

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