by Elyse Dupre | Mon., Sep. 30, 2019 5:18 AM
Prince Harry is already the Duke of Sussex, a proud patron of numerous charities and Archie Harrison's father. Now, he can add one more title to his résumé: guest editor of National Geographic's Instagram account.
That's right! The royal is taking over the @NatGeo account for the day and launching a campaign called "Looking Up." The initiative aims to raise awareness for the role trees play in the earth's ecosystem and encourages social media users to share their own photos of trees from around the world. Throughout the day, Harry will work with the brand's team to post images from National Geographic photographers. These pictures will show the beauty of indigenous trees and highlight the importance of their preservation. But that's not all. Harry will also post a few photos from Liwonde National Park in Malawi—a stop on his royal tour of Africa where the duke is unveiling two Queens Commonwealth Canopy initiatives.
Speaking of Her Majesty, Harry's passion for protecting the trees and the forests is actually inspired by the work he does on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. According to a press release by the Palace, Harry has launched 15 of the QCC projects around the world. Royal admirers also watched him take part in a tree-planting initiative in Botswana last week.
The role should come as no surprise to royal admirers. After all, Meghan Markle was a guest editor for British Vogue's September issue. The couple also launched their own Instagram account earlier this year.
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We are pleased to announce that today The Duke of Sussex is guest-editing the @NatGeo Instagram account! This photo of a Boabab tree was taken by The Duke in Liwonde National Park, Malawi (where he has just unveiled two new Queens Commonwealth Canopy initiatives) and as part of the ‘Looking Up’ campaign in partnership with @NatGeo. • You can join in today by sharing your own images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp As the Duke shared: “Looking Up” is a new social media initiative to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the earth’s eco-system, and an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings and to share your own view, by looking up!” • We invite you to follow along at @NatGeo and to share photos you take of trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp so we can all celebrate the importance of the role we play as a community in protecting nature. At the end of the day, The Duke will share a selection of the most beautiful images from across the world on @SussexRoyal Instagram stories. The Duke’s passion for trees and forests as nature’s simple solution to the environmental issues we face, has been inspired by the years of work he has been doing on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Queens Commonwealth Canopy.🌳🌲 • The ‘QCC’ @QueensCanopy was launched in 2015, when Commonwealth countries were invited to submit forests and national parks or plant trees to preserve in The Queen’s name. Now, almost 50 countries are taking part and have already dedicated indigenous forest for conservation, or have committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change. #lookingup #forestsforthefuture #sussexroyal #treesfortomorrow Photo © The Duke of Sussex / 2nd by @africanparksnetwork
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In addition to serving as @NatGeo's guest editor and unveiling the QCC initiatives, Harry is paying tribute to Guardsman Matthew Talbot, who passed away earlier this year during a joint anti-poaching mission with the British Army, the Malawian government and African Parks.
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The royal laid a wreath at Talbot's memorial in Liwonde National Park.
Harry is also explaining why "conservation is fundamental to our survival" in an article he recently penned for The Telegraph.
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