Today’s daily dose of cuteness is courtesy of his royal highness Prince Harry and world renown conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. The pair were together this week to promote Goodall’s annual global leadership initiative Roots & Shoots and gave the 26 students in attendance a live reenactment of “chimp greeting.”
Harry and Goodall first met back in December 2018, with the famous primatologist explaining to the royal that a chimp greeting usually included a male chimp approaching a female chimp first, with the male chimp lightly patting the female’s head in a sign of comfort. The pair, who maybe should have been considered for the Lion King remake, delighted the group with their performance, which also included an impromptu dance. All together now: Awwww.
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A couple of captured moments between The Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall at today’s event. The pair share an impromptu dance and ‘Chimpanzee Greeting’ which Jane taught The Duke when they first met. Today’s event was full of education, inspiration and fun. Because working hard and playing hard are not mutually exclusive… 🐒 For more information on today’s special event on Roots & Shoots, please see previous post.
Goodall, who began Roots & Shoots in Tanzania back in 1991, has grown the organization to include 150,000 groups in over 50 countries, all with the goal of empowering young people to engage in projects in their community that benefit animals, the environment and other citizens. As the President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, Harry has been working with Goodall to continue her efforts.
According to the official Sussex Royal Instagram page, this week’s conference focused on endangered species and steps that need to be taken in order to reduce plastic waste. Plus, like we mentioned, there was some super cute dancing.
During Tuesday’s visit, Dr. Goodall also met with Meghan Markle and baby Archie, telling People that the newborn is “very cute and very gentle.” Goodall’s visit was a huge bucket list item for Markle, with Goodall reporting that the Duchess of Sussex has been a fan of hers since childhood. “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 hero-worshipped you all my life,'” said Goodall.
Markle isn’t alone in her childhood adoration of Goodall, with Harry also counting himself as a longtime fan. Speaking to the Roots & Shoots group on Tuesday, Harry said that Goodall is “a woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind.” The royal added, “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.”
Goodall also told People that Harry’s new role as a parent has prompted him to take more action in environmental matters, with his concern for the next generation growing now that he and Markle are parents to two-month-old Archie. “We talked about Roots and Shoots and I said, ‘Of course you’re interested now, you have a baby,’ and he said, ‘Of course!'” offered Goodall. “When you bring a child into the world, you have to worry about the future. If we don’t make change, we don’t have a future. It’s as simple as that.”