Prince Harry and Meghan share never-before-seen snap from Botswana – from before they were engaged!

By Meaghan Wray

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have one of the Royal Family’s most captivating love stories, from their first date set up by an unknown mutual friend playing Cupid to all of their loved-up moments. But a never-before-seen photo recently shared to their official Instagram account on Thursday (April 4) proves their love goes far beyond what royal watchers see.

It was generally known Duchess Meghan took a pre-engagement trip to Botswana with Prince Harry, but details of their journey weren’t revealed... until now! In the snap, shared as part of a photoset, Meghan and Harry can be seen kneeling beside an unconscious elephant. Meghan, then 36, wore a pair of cargo pants, a pink tank top, her trademark baseball cap and a pair of hiking boots, while her soon-to-be husband wore shorts, a green button-up and a cap, too.

Prince Harry and Meghan visited Botswana together in 2017. Photo: © Instagram/@sussexroyal

A portion of the caption referring to the sweet picture of Harry and Meghan reads: “Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017.” There’s no doubt Baby Sussex, once old enough, will take after their mom and dad’s passion for protecting the planet and its beings.

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Botswana holds a special place in the royal couple’s heart. It’s believed to be where they honeymooned after exchanging vows in May 2018. It’s also understood Meghan and Harry visited the country at the very beginning of their relationship before this particular 2017 trip. It’s no surprise Harry wanted to share his love for the southern African country with Meghan – his charitable organization, Sentebale, serves the nation and the country of Lesotho, found to its southeast, encircled by South Africa.

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Credit: Image 1 PA

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The series of photos shared to @sussexroyal was meant to describe the Royal Family's important environmental conservation work. The same evening, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry teamed up (in tuxedos!) for the London premiere of Netflix's Our Planet, narrated by the famous David Attenborough. The two spent time chatting with close friends David and Brooklyn Beckham, who both dusted off their finest clothes to be there to support their pals.

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