Prince Harry, Nat Geo, Steve Boyes Take Us 'Into The Okavango' A Fragile Ecosystem We Simply MUST Save

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Prince Harry, Nat Geo, Steve Boyes Take Us 'Into The Okavango' A Fragile Ecosystem We Simply MUST Save

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, discussed his ‘20 year connection’ with Angola and Botswana, posting a heartfelt Instagram message on Thursday. The tribute was created in conjunction with a fundraising event promoting National Geographic’s ‘Into The Okavango’ documentary film.

Harry explained that he is ‘grateful’ to see National Geographic partnering with both the Angolan government and The Halo Trust to promote the sustainable management of the Okavango Delta’s resources.

Landmines in Angola: How African Elephants’ Amazing Sense of Smell Could Save Lives

CHISHURU, A MALE AFRICAN ELEPHANT, INDICATES A TARGET SCENT DURING TRIALS. IMAGE BY GRAHAM ALEXANDER.

CHISHURU, A MALE AFRICAN ELEPHANT, INDICATES A TARGET SCENT DURING TRIALS. IMAGE BY GRAHAM ALEXANDER.

Landmines in Angola: How African Elephants’ Amazing Sense of Smell Could Save Lives

By Ashadee Kay Miller, PhD Candidate, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. First published on The Conversation.

For 27 years Angola was gripped by civil war. Half a million human lives were lost and wildlife, too, was decimated to sustain troops. Rhino and elephants became valuable targets – rhino horn and ivory served as currency for arms among rebel forces.

During the conflict elephant populations fled across the border into Botswana, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When the war ended in 2002 animal populations slowly started to return to their pre-conflict grazing grounds. But a huge problem remained: millions of landmines were still in situ and undetonated across Angola. Many elephants were killed and maimed by the explosives as they attempted to recolonise.

Data collected from collared elephants moving through the affected areas showed herds avoiding minefields. This suggested that at least some of the returning elephants had associated minefields with danger. What could this association be based on? Had the minefield-avoiding elephants seen others killed in those areas? Or had they associated the smell of landmines with danger, extrapolating risk to other areas where the odour was present?

We couldn’t answer all these questions. To narrow down our search my colleagues and I set about finding out whether elephants could smell the main component of landmines – Trinitrotoluene (TNT).

Bazaar.com Bats Down Rumour That Harry and Meghan Will Be Moving Abroad

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Bazaar.com Bats Down Rumour That Harry and Meghan Will Be Moving Abroad

People so love conflict, especially spreading stories about the royal feud. Most recently, we had Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan being shipped somewhere away from Britain for a long period — perhaps three years — due to their extreme popularity.

Harper’s Bazaar begs to differ. “Britain is their home and where they want to raise their family,” says a friend of the couple. “If they are to work abroad it would be a short stint.”

Proud Fans Prince Harry & Doria Ragland Support Meghan Markle At Cookbook Launch

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Proud Fans Prince Harry & Doria Ragland Support Meghan Markle At Cookbook Launch

Meghan Markle’s beloved mother, Doria Ragland, made her way to Kensington Palace this week, attending the Thursday launch of her daughter’s cookbook at Kensington Palace. Ms. Ragland doesn’t plan on turning up at future royal engagements, but Vanity Fair confirms rumors that Meghan’s mom may well be getting her own quarters in London so that she can spend more time with her daughter and Prince Harry. Doria Ragland is liked very much by the entire royal family and is being encouraged to spend more time with her daughter and extended new family.

The cookbook was Meghan’s idea, although Katie Nicholl writes that the Duchess of Essex took no credit for ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’, which benefits victims of the 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire in West London. ‘Together’ was birthed by the Hubb Community Kitchen, a group of women who came together after the fire to cook for the families of those who lost homes in the fire.

Historic Wedding Of Meghan & Harry Produces Day Of Two Women Designers: Clare Waight Keller & Stella McCartney

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Historic Wedding Of Meghan & Harry Produces Day Of Two Women Designers: Clare Waight Keller & Stella McCartney

On a day when Meghan Markle managed to look totally fabulous in her marriage to Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel, she also honored two women designers. As an articulate, committed feminist, it was only fitting that the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear Givenchy by artistic director Clare Waight Keller for the wedding ceremony and Stella McCartney for the evening reception. 

Markle has expressed her admiration for Ms Waight Keller's artistic flair, as she's particularly fond of the "elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring and relaxed demeanour,"  Kensington Palace stated in a formal release.

While Givenchy is a French house, Keller is a British designer, born in Birmingham, England in August 1970. 

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Choose 7 Charities To Receive Their May 19 Wedding Gifts

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Choose 7 Charities To Receive Their May 19 Wedding Gifts

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked guests invited to their May 19 wedding at St George's Chapel at Windsor -- and people worldwide who wish to celebrate the occasion of their wedding with gifts -- to support seven charities chosen by the couple. The list of charities is focused on the couples' own passions and they include sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.

'Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit,' the statement explained. The Palace reminded global citizens that Harry and Markle do not have any formal relationships with the designated charities, but they are keen to 'amplify and shine a light on their work'. 

The seven charities are: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), the homelessness charity Crisis, the Myna Mahila Foundation which supports women in Mumbai's urban slums, Scotty's Little Soldiers which helps bereaved Armed Forces children, StreetGames which uses sport to change lives, marine conservation charity Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the enjoyment of wild nature.

Leaders of the chosen charities are already responding.