Dr. Jane Goodall got to cuddle with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby Archie Harrison

By Zach Harper

When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan introduced little Archie Harrison on May 8, two days after his birth, Meghan said he had “the sweetest temperament” and was “really calm.” Somebody else agrees about the two-month-old’s personality: renowned conservation expert Dr. Jane Goodall!

Jane was attending the annual conference for her Roots and Shoots initiative at Windsor Castle on Tuesday (July 23) and revealed she got the chance to meet Archie when he was a little over a month old. She said she was lucky enough to hold him, and described him as “very cute and very gentle.”

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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

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“Harry asked if I would go and meet him,” Jane said of their meeting a few months ago, according to HELLO! UK. “They made me a dame of the British Empire, so I guess he thought it would be good to meet me. And we clicked.

“I have meet the duchess just once last month and Harry twice,” she continued. “She told me she’s followed me all her life. She told me, ‘You’ve been my idol since I was a child. I’ve worshipped you all my life.’ She came in at the end with Archie and I got to cuddle him!”

Harry posed with Jane and those who attended the conference on Windsor Castle's grounds. Photo: © Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

During their meetings prior to the conservation conference, Jane said she, Harry and Meghan decided to “collaborate and work together to raise awareness about conservation and the need to conserve the natural world,” according to the UK Press Association.

She also said she thinks the duke’s interest in her Roots and Shoots program stems from his becoming a dad.

“When you bring a child into the world today, you have to worry about the future,” she said, according to the Belfast Telegraph. “If we don’t make change, we don’t have a future.”

Harry made a speech in which he encouraged the conference participants to do what they can to preserve the environment. Photo: © Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Imag

Harry, who has been known to ask hotels to stop using so much plastic, spoke to youth at the Roots and Shoots conference about how plastic is a “dirty habit” that we have to fix.

“It doesn’t make sense to find everything in plastic, plastic within plastic,” the Press Association reports he said. “Gone are the days when you grabbed 10 carrots, took them home and gave them a shave, now you’re buying shaved carrots in a plastic bag, why?

“Again, we’ve slipped into this dirty habit. That’s what it is, right? It’s a dirty habit where it’s become normalized. Now the younger generation are coming along and saying – this is crazy, this doesn’t make any sense at all.”

Harry also described Jane as a “woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind.”

“I’ve been admiring her work since I was a kid and it was so wonderful to find that she was even more amazing in person,” he said. “She even treated me to a chimp welcome, which only Jane can do! Well… and chimps.”

Harry and Meghan are currently in the process of sketching out what their new charitable organization will look like following their split from The Royal Foundation. The body will reportedly be called Sussex Royal, and is said to have a strong focus on conservation, issues affecting women and girls and mental health and veterans issues.

The couple are also set to head to South Africa together in October, and Harry will make separate trips to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.

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