Prince Harry admits his world view changed after becoming a father in an interview to mark the launch of a new Netflix-style platform for environmental and conservation documentaries.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, who currently resides in a £11million mansion in California, spoke of his passion for nature and Africa during a video interview with WaterBear‘s CEO Ellen Windemuth and Head of Strategy Sam Sutaria.
He urged humans to be ‘like raindrops’ which ‘relieve the parched ground’ and tackle climate change with action, not words.
He also joked dancing on camera is ‘his idea of hell’ because ‘everyone laughs at him’ while reminiscing about his and Meghan Markle‘s royal tour of South Africa last year.
It’s the first time Harry has appeared publicly since the Duchess of Sussex revealed they suffered a miscarriage in the summer, via an article in The New York Times last week.
Prince Harry admits his world view changed after becoming a father in an interview to mark the launch of a new Netflix-style platform for environmental and conservation documentaries
Speaking about his son Archie, now 19 months, Harry said: ‘Being in nature is the most healing part of life, I truly believe that’s one reason why it’s there.
‘But the moment you become a father, everything really does change because then you start to realise, well, what is the point in bringing a new person in to this world when they get to your age and it’s on fire?
‘We can’t steal their future, that’s not the job we’re here for. I’ve always believe that hopefully we can leave the world a better place than when we’ve found it, so I really think we need to take a moment and think well how can we get what we need and have our desire for build without taking from our children and generations to come?’
Harry spoke of the importance of ‘putting the dos behind the says’ when it comes to tackling climate change and conservation.
‘Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop, and if every single one of us cared?’ he mused.
Harry joked dancing on camera is ‘his idea of hell’ while reminiscing about his and Meghan Markle’s royal tour of South Africa last year
‘At the end of the day, nature is our life source… But you can’t uplift, educate and inspire unless there is a form of action that follows.’
Harry reflected on the ‘universally tough year’ that everyone has experienced, adding that he has found solace in nature, which he believes is the ‘most healing part of life’.
‘Someone said to me right at the start of the pandemic, “It’s almost as though Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms for bad behaviour”,’ he observed.
Harry, who is head of the conservation group Africa Parks, also spoke of his love for the continent, recalling how it afforded him a sense of ‘escapism and space’ when he visited aged 12, shortly after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Harry spoke of the ‘universally tough year’ that everyone has experienced, adding that he has found solace in nature, which he believes is the ‘most healing part of life’
‘I don’t know what it is, but there’s something in the air that ends up running in your blood, and no matter what experience you have it just pulls you back,’ he said.
‘The sense of escapism and space that this continent of Africa afforded me is something that I will be eternally grateful for.’
Prince Harry has visited Africa a number of times, spending three weeks in Malawi working alongside volunteers, vets and experts on the frontline of one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history in 2016.
He also took Meghan camping in Botswana in the early days of their relationship, and reportedly proposed there while celebrating the Duchess’ 36th birthday three months before their official announcement, according to the bombshell biography Finding Freedom.
WaterBear, which launched today, is a platform offering free documentaries and live, original content from more than 80 NGOs across the world.
The streaming service features a ‘take action’ button that connects audiences to each NGO’s page, giving them the opportunity to donate directly to the cause or get involved with the projects featured.
Prince Harry has visited Africa a number of times, spending three weeks in Malawi working alongside volunteers, vets and experts on the frontline of one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history in 2016
Harry said: ‘For me it’s about putting the dos behind the says, and that is something which Waterbear is doing, is going to be doing.
‘There are so many documentaries that are happening, I always imagine, whether it’s an individual, couples, families, sitting there watching this stuff and going, OK you’ve now just made me more aware of a global issue, now I’m quite depressed, I’m gonna go and make myself a meal and probably forget about it.
‘Whereas with Waterbear now, to have all that content in one place, to be able to have that option at the end as a call to action, because people want to know how can I make a difference, how can I help, and I really am energised and full of optimism now to know we have the tools, we have the mindset to be able to make that change.’
Harry and Meghan quit as senior royals in March this year, and relocated to the US. Last week it emerged Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have moved into Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home in Windsor.
Meghan and Harry spent £2.4million from the Sovereign Grant on renovations of the property, but reimbursed taxpayers in full in September after signing a £112 million deal with Netflix.