Harry spoke to Town & Country while he was in Malawi for three weeks working with the 500 Elephants project. They transport elephants to areas with more opportunities for food and less proximity to conflict and possible poachers.
Harry spoke about being most at peace during the time he spends in Africa, starting with the time he spent shortly after his mother’s death:
My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags—we were going to Africa to get away from it all. My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate nature and everything about it. … This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could have spent more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognized, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down to earth people on the planet, people (dedicated to conservation) with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature.
He went on to talk about his views on international regulation of wildlife management and treatment. He believes there should be an international body that regulates and inspects the way the animals are treated and how the surrounding community is treated.
His passion for wildlife, specifically elephants is apparent. He went on to talk about how taking care of wildlife is a call from God.
I do worry. I think everyone should worry. We need to look after them because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen. … This is God’s test: If we can’t save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can’t we do?