Teri Wilson
December 02, 2015 8:55 am

Prince Harry is on an official royal visit to Africa this week, and he’s been giving us serious heart eyes the entire time he’s been there. Just a few days ago, he opened an orphanage for kids who’ve lost parents to the AIDS virus and had some really moving things to say about losing his own mom, Princess Diana. Then he played some rugby and football as part of an initiative to keep kids out of gangs. He spent the next day at the beach with the Surfers Not Street Children project. He’s also been hanging out with Desmond Tutu. Quick question, Prince Harry. Are you sleeping on this royal tour? Because you’ve been a little busy.

Now, over the past two days, he’s been at the Kruger National Park, part of the South African National Parks system, where he’s drawing global attention to South Africa’s poaching problem. Yesterday, he visited a recent poaching crime scene where two rhinos were illegally killed. Clearly, the prince has been very moved by what he’s seen. Afterward, he sent out this tweet expressing his concern over what’s been going on at the park.

 

In keeping with the spirit of conservation, today Prince Harry is sharing photos and memories from his trip to Africa last summer. And guys, his new Instagram post has left us shattered.  

The photo alone hits us right in the feels, but Prince Harry’s caption is an absolute heartbreaker. Seriously, you might want to grab a tissue (or ten) for this. We’ll wait…

Alongside the picture, Kensington Palace says it’s from Harry’s summer visit to southern Africa and that he’d like to share the story behind it, which is this:

“After a very long day in Kruger National Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants freed from their collars – like this sedated female – I decided to take a moment. I know how lucky I am to have these experiences, but hearing stories from people on the ground about how bad the situation really is, upset and frustrated me. How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? None of them had names, so do we not care? And for what? Their tusks? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty.”

A pointless waste of beauty indeed. We commend Prince Harry for shining a light on the horrific crime of poaching and hope that his efforts help the animals at risk. We’re also glad there was an elephant on hand when he really needed a hug. (Even though that photo is making us cry ALL the tears.)

We can’t wait to see what’s next for Harry in Africa. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about helping elephants, click here.

[Featured image via Shutterstock.]

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