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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Release a Never-Before-Seen Photo From Their Dating Days

Prince Harry Meghan MarkleTORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Sussex Royal strikes again. After starting their official Instagram account this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a rather thoughtful slideshow on Thursday, April 4, that included a never-before-seen image from when they were still dating in 2017.

The occasion for the post was tied to an effort alongside the release of Netflix’s new documentary Our Planet, which is focused on the topic of climate change. Harry attended the premiere alongside Prince William and his father, Prince Charles, at the Natural History Museum in London Thursday night, helping tie together his continued work as the president of the African Parks Network.

“As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world,” the caption read. “Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger.”

meghan markle prince Harry in Botswana in 2017

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Botswana in 2017. (Credit: Sussex Royal / Instagram)

The accompanying images feature a few moments from when Prince Harry was actively engaged in such efforts. “A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017,” the caption read. “Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar.”

The couple memorably first took a trip to Botswana in 2016, at the beginning stages of dating. Not much is known about that particular excursion, which is when they arguably fell in love. “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” he previously told BBC News. “We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”

 

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Credit: Image 1 PA

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The pair eventually returned to Botswana together in 2017 for a more focused reason, and it’s now that fans of the royals finally get a glimpse into that period of their courtship as well.

Now, they’re expecting the arrival of their first child together, and have officially moved into their new home of Windsor Castle as of this week.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.