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Prince Harry Is Amazingly Handsome Rescuing Elephants in Africa, Talks Significance of Princess Diana's Death

by Antoinette Bueno 1:33 PM PST, January 03, 2017
Playing Prince Harry Is Amazingly Handsome Rescuing Elephants in Africa, Talks Significance of Princess Diana's Death

Get ready to fall in love with Prince Harry even more.

The 32-year-old royal covers Town & Country's February issue, looking rugged in a simple green button-up shirt and faded pants. Harry invites the magazine along as he rescued elephants in Africa with African Parks, a non-profit conservation organization that aims to save wildlife, restore landscapes and ensure sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

Photo: Town and Country

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Clearly, Harry isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

Photo: Town and Country

Harry worked alongside volunteers, vets and experts in Malawi for African Parks' 500 Elephants relocation project, one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history.

Photo: Town and Country

In the accompanying interview, Harry talks about the special place Africa holds in his heart. Harry says he first came to Africa in 1997, right after his mother, Princess Diana, died.

"My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags -- we were going to Africa to get away from it all," Harry recalls. "My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate nature and everything about it. But it became more… This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world."

"I wish I could spend more time in Africa," he adds. "I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognized, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature… I talk to them about their jobs, about what they do. And I learn so much."

Harry explains the importance of protecting the wilderness and conservation parks.

"These are very special places, but they are islands with a sea of people around them. I do worry," he says. "I think everyone should worry. We need to look after them, because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen. This is God's test: If we can't save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can't we do?"

He also gives his opinion on what needs to be done for the conservation cause -- creating a regulatory body so that everyone who owns or manages wildlife is subject to inspection and rated on how well they look after the animals and how the communities benefit.

"I know I'm going to get criticized for this, but we have to come together," he stresses. "You know what Stevie Wonder said: 'You need teamwork to make the dream work.' I use that a lot."

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Last month, Harry -- who's currently dating 35-year-old Suits actress Meghan Markle -- opened up on his "years of buried emotion" after his mother's death in the documentary, Prince Harry in Africa.

"I'd never really dealt with what had actually happened, so there was a lot of buried emotion and, for a huge part of my life, I just didn't even want to think about it," he shared. "My mother died when I was very, very young and I don't want to be in the position. Now I'm so energized, fired up, to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference."

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