Cape Town – Following the Duchess of Sussex's guest edit of the Forces For Change issue of British Vogue, His Royal Highness will be editing a magazine of his own – well, sort of.
On Monday the announcement was made that Prince Harry has partnered with National Geographic to become Guest Editor of the National Geographic Instagram account, as people from all over the world are encouraged to 'look up' and share the beauty of trees.
Taking to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, His Royal Highness said, "'Looking Up' is a new social media initiative to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the earth's ecosystem, and an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings and to share your own view, by looking up!"
The duke shared a picture he'd taken himself of a baobab tree he planted in Botswana on Thursday shedding light on the importance of conservation.
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We are pleased to announce that today The Duke of Sussex is guest-editing the @NatGeo Instagram account! This photo of a Boabab tree was taken by The Duke in Liwonde National Park, Malawi (where he has just unveiled two new Queens Commonwealth Canopy initiatives) and as part of the ‘Looking Up’ campaign in partnership with @NatGeo. You can join in today by sharing your own images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp As the Duke shared: “Looking Up’ is a new social media initiative 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 and to share your own view, by looking up!” • We invite you to follow along at @NatGeo and to share photos you take of trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp so we can all celebrate the importance of the role we play as a community in protecting nature. At the end of the day, The Duke will share a selection of the most beautiful images from across the world on @SussexRoyal Instagram stories. The Duke’s passion for trees and forests as nature’s simple solution to the environmental issues we face, has been inspired by the years of work he has been doing on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Queens Commonwealth Canopy. ???? The ‘QCC’ @QueensCanopy was launched in 2015, when Commonwealth countries were invited to submit forests and national parks or plant trees to preserve in The Queen’s name. Now, almost 50 countries are taking part and have already dedicated indigenous forest for conservation, or have committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change. #lookingup #forestsforthefuture #sussexroyal #treesfortomorrow Photo © The Duke of Sussex / 2nd by @africanparksnetwork
As two more national parks were created as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy campaign, during Prince Harry's royal tour in Africa, His Royal Highness made a simple, but important statement while in Botswana.
"If you look after nature, it will look after you," he said.
So hoping to raise awareness for the initiative with the social media takeover, His Royal Highness will search the hashtag #LookingUp at the end of the day, posting his favourite images of trees to the Sussex Royal Instagram account.
Inviting everyone to get involved, they wrote, "Follow along at @NatGeo and to share photos you take of trees in your local community using the hashtag #LookingUp so we can all celebrate the importance of the role we play as a community in protecting nature."
Compiled by Bashiera Parker