On July 23, Prince Harry met with the celebrated primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall at Windsor Castle while a charity event for Goodall's Roots & Shoots was underway. What the media didn't expect was for a secret meeting to be unveiled that had unknowingly happened a while back.
At the charity event, it was revealed that it hadn't been that long since Harry and Jane had seen each other last. In fact, in an unconventional manner, the pair greeted each other with a "chimp greeting", something Harry had obviously learned prior, in which he bent down and patted Goodall on the head before the two hugged.
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Today, The Duke of Sussex met with young people doing ground-breaking work in their communities as part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership gathering. Started in 1991 by world renowned ethologist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, with just 12 high school students in Tanzania, Roots & Shoots brings together young people from around the world who are leading projects in their communities to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Today @RootsAndShoots has over 150,000 groups in over 50 countries - the collective power of these young people is limitless. His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centred approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day. As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach, for July we turned our attention to following accounts featuring the environment. @JaneGoodallInst, founder of Roots & Shoots, is one of those selected profiles, having dedicated her life’s work to bettering our environment and world. To learn more, visit @RootsAndShoots. Photo©️ PA images
The Duke, who was visiting the event for support, as well as to meet the students and hear the presentations, listened to their work on conservation efforts and reducing plastic waste before addressing them. "As my grandmother, The Queen, once said, 'Sometimes the world's problems are so big we think we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of smalls acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine," he said to the group.
Soon after, Jane Goodall announced that she was so happy to have had the chance to visit the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently at Frogmore Cottage. Proud of the opportunity to have "cuddled" baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the media was then made aware of their previous meeting.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
BAZAAR reports that Archie was only a bit over a month old when Goodall visited Frogmore Cottage, but for reasons unknown, Goodall waited to announce the visit until this week at her charity event at Windsor Castle.
Sources report that Meghan, being an environmentalist herself, couldn't help but go fan-crazy over Jane Goodall when she found out she was coming to their home. "You've been my idol since I was a child," Meghan reportedly said to her upon meeting. "I've hero-worshiped you all my life."
Idolizing Jane Goodall, Meghan couldn't wait to meet her but did manage to wait until Goodall's meeting with Prince Harry was coming to a close. Goodall recalls her encounter with the Duchess and her baby saying that baby Archie was "very cute, very gentle" and that Meghan was beyond excited to meet her, further normalizing Meghan in the eyes of the public despite her celebrity status.