Prince Harry wanted to bring up his son Archie in Africa and see him run barefoot with other children on the continent, a famous friend has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex has never made a secret of his love for Africa and he once revealed he would have loved to live there.
His friend Dame Jane Goodall, a primatologist and anthropologist, said Harry would have wanted his kids to grow up in Africa as he has spent some of the happiest times of his life there.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle have two children — son Archie who is three years old, and daughter Lilibet who is 17 months old.
Dame Jane told the Daily Mail : “He wanted to bring Archie up in Africa, running barefoot with African children.”
In 2019, there were some plans for Harry and Meghan to spend an extended period abroad, possibly in Africa, as a way of harnessing their international appeal and expanding on their Commonwealth work.
The plans were not put in place as the Sussexes stepped down as senior royals and moved to the US.
But Harry has long said Africa made him feel “feels more myself” and he once said his dream job would be over there.
“I’d probably live in Africa,” said Harry.
“I’d like to spend all my time out there… As a job, it would probably be a safari guide.”
This strong bond with the continent started at a young age – in fact when he was just 13 years old he travelled to South Africa and met the Spice Girls.
His half-term trip treat in November 1997 with the Prince of Wales came just two months after the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
When he was 21, Harry set up his charity Sentebale in memory of his mother to help Aids orphans in Lesotho.
In 2008, Harry, then 24, and 26-year-old William took part in an epic charity motorbike trek across South Africa.
In 2010, Harry and William took a six-day tour of southern Africa as their first official trip together.
Harry followed in Diana’s footsteps in 2013 when he travelled to Angola to see mine clearance projects run by The Halo Trust.
After leaving the Army in 2015, he lived the life of an African ranger, spending three months working as a wildlife conservation volunteer in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana.
In 2016, Harry helped conservationists move herds of African elephants hundreds of miles to a safer home in Malawi, and described the experience as “amazing”.
Harry also spent many holidays in Africa when he was dating Zimbabwean-born Chelsy Davy.
Harry said: “To actually get the chance to go to Africa, embed myself with the number one top vet in southern Africa, travel with him for three weeks and every job he gets called up to do, I follow him. That’s like my dream.”
In 2019, Harry and Meghan’s first royal tour was a 10-day trip to Africa.
And last month, Meghan said in her podcast, Archetypes, that she took a genealogy test which revealed that she is 43% Nigerian.
“I just had my genealogy done a couple of years ago,” Meghan explained as her guests ask her to share what the results entailed.
The Duchess then proudly said “I’m 43% Nigerian” to the shock of writer Ziwe Fumudoh, who shouted “No way!”