Prince Harry is doing an Instagram takeover for a good cause

By Sarah Walker

Prince Harry is doing an Instagram takeover for a good cause


It would appear the Duchess of Sussex has been giving the Duke a few social media tips, because the 35-year-old is currently embarking on a royal first: an Instagram takeover!

Prince Harry began posting pictures to National Geographic’s account on Sept. 30 while on day seven of his 10-day tour of southern Africa. He’s taking over their Instagram handle in the hopes of raising “awareness of the vital role trees play in the earth’s eco-system by sharing… photos of trees from around the world,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

In his first post, Harry shared a beautiful shot of some trees in Malawi that he captured while lying on his back.

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Photo by @sussexroyal | We are pleased to announce that Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal is guest-curating our Instagram feed today! “Hi everyone! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to continue working with @NatGeo and to guest-curate this Instagram account; it’s one of my personal favourites. Today I’m in Liwonde National Park, Malawi an important stop on our official tour of southern Africa, planting trees for the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. As part of this takeover, I am inviting you to be a part of our ‘Looking Up’ social campaign. To help launch the campaign, here is a photograph I took today here in Liwonde of Baobab trees. “#LookingUp seeks to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the Earth’s ecosystem, and is an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. So, join us today and share your own view, by looking up! Post images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp. I will be posting my favourite images from @NatGeo photographers here throughout the day, and over on @sussexroyal I will be sharing some of my favourite images from everything you post. I can’t wait to see what you see when you’re #LookingUp  ” ••• His Royal Highness is currently on an official tour to further the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, which was launched in 2015. Commonwealth countries have been invited to submit forests and national parks to be protected and preserved as well as to plant trees. The Duke has helped QCC projects in the Caribbean, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Botswana, Malawi, and Tonga. Now, almost 50 countries are taking part and have dedicated indigenous forests for conservation and committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change. The Duke’s longtime passion for trees and forests as nature’s simple solution to the environmental issues we face has been inspired by the work he has been doing on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for many years.

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“Hi everyone! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to continue working with @NatGeo and to guest-edit this Instagram account; it’s one of my personal favourites. Today I’m in Liwonde National Park, Malawi an important stop on our official tour of Southern Africa, planting trees for The Queens Commonwealth Canopy. As part of this takeover, I am inviting you to be a part of our ‘Looking Up’ social campaign. To help launch the campaign, here is a photograph I took today here in Liwonde of Baobab trees,’ he wrote before explaining the purpose of the #LookingUp campaign.

“#LookingUp is 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. So, join us today and share your own view, by looking up! Post images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp. I will be posting my favourite images from @NatGeo photographers here throughout the day, and over on @SussexRoyal I will be sharing some of my favourite images from everything you post. I can’t wait to see what you see when you’re #LookingUp  .”

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The image, campaign and visit to Liwonde National Park is part of Harry’s work with the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy to save forests around the world.

On Sept. 30, Harry dedicated the Liwonde National Park and its adjoining Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Photo: © Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images

“The QCC was launched by my grandmother in 2015, and already almost 50 countries have taken part – dedicating indigenous forests for conservation, or committing to planting millions of trees,” Harry said at the launch ceremony of the program several years ago. “It is so inspiring that the Commonwealth family has joined forces to save one of the world’s most important natural habitats.”

Environmentalism and conservation have long been some of Harry’s passions, and ahead of the takeover, he wrote an impassioned op-ed in The Telegraph calling for climate change action.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan dedicated 20 hectares of bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in New Zealand last year. Photo: © Karwai Tang/WireImage

“It is fundamental to our survival and we must overcome greed, apathy and selfishness if we are to make real progress,” he wrote for the publication.

The duke added it’s essential for humans and nature to “co-exist,” and for everyone to learn from mistakes “to protect the world’s most valuable assets.” If we don’t, he warned “within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.”

“I have no problem in admitting that we are all part of the problem in some way, but a lot of us simply aren’t aware of the damage that is being caused,” he wrote.

Harry is expected to leave Malawi and to return to South Africa this week, and will reunite with Duchess Meghan for a series of engagements on Oct. 2 before their tour wraps in Johannesburg the same day.

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