We’ve already been seeing a lot of Duchess Meghan this month. She stepped out to Wimbledon to support Serena Williams last week, was on hand at Archie Harrison’s christening last weekend and cheered on Prince Harry on at polo on July 10. And we will soon see her again!
The Duchess of Sussex is heading to the UK premiere of Disney’s reboot of The Lion King on July 14, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. She will join Harry, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner,Alfre Woodard, John Kani, comedian John Oliver and other stars of the film for the evening at London’s Leicester Square.
The film is set to open in UK cinemas on July 18 and in North America the next day. The Duke of Sussex is said to be a lifelong lover of The Lion King, which was originally released in 1994 when he was just nine years old.
The UK premiere will be held “in support of the conservation and communities work of His Royal Highness through The Royal Foundation,” according to the Telegraph. Disney will also pledge US$1.5 million to the Lion Recovery Fund in connection with the film, the publication reports.
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Last week, HRH The Duke of Sussex was proud to co-host a fundraising event for National Geographic’s @intotheokavango - a documentary film that highlights the vulnerability of the critical ecosystem that is The Okavango Delta and its source rivers in Angola. The Okavango Delta is the primary water source for a million people and is home to the world's largest remaining elephant population. His Royal Highness has a long-standing love of Africa and a connection with Botswana and Angola for over 20 years. The Duke is grateful to see National Geographic partnering with the Angolan government, @thehalotrust, @africanparksnetwork and many others in protecting this extraordinary habitat by supporting the sustainable management of the river basin's resources and focusing on a conservation economy. HRH - “Millions of people, food security and regional power generation are dependant on these free-flowing rivers. Threats such as uncontrolled fires, the bushmeat trade, unsustainable harvesting of the forest and rapid biodiversity loss are already destroying this incredible and delicate landscape. Known by the locals as ‘Source of life’, this ecosystem is wilderness at its best, playing an absolutely crucial role for the planet, people and wildlife. This is our one and only chance to save this magnificent last Eden.” (Photos: Cory Richards and John Hilton)
Conservation and a love of the environment are things that are very close to Harry’s heart, and he shares that passion with Meghan. The duke is a patron of African Parks, and there’s a good chance it will be included in his new charitable foundation with Meghan when it launches next year. So it makes sense the duchess would make her first red carpet appearance following Archie’s birth with him to support this important cause!
Of course, conservation is likely to be on the agenda when Harry and Meghan head to South Africa together later this year, and when Harry travels to Angola, Malawi and Botswana. The duke has long been outspoken about Botswana’s ecological importance and the huge biodiversity of the Okavango Delta there and its source rivers in Angola, and has highlighted it repeatedly on the Instagram account he shares with Meghan.
On July 6, Harry and Meghan stepped out to the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle to christen Archie Harrison. They were accompanied by Duchess Kate, Prince William, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and the late Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. The special event had a guest list of fewer than 25 people.