'Proud' Prince Harry pays tribute to Prince Philip as he says 'hope starts here' in Earth Day video

PRINCE Harry has paid tribute to Prince Philip in a video he narrated for World Earth Day.

The eco-warrior has regularly spoken about the environment and how people should change their ways.

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In a statement alongside the video, Harry, 36, pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and his role in conservation.

He said: "As we now begin to move towards an era of global recovery and regeneration, it's critical that we continue to look at the strengthening and protecting of biodiversity, not just as a value we hold – but as a responsibility that is vital to our way of life.

"On this Earth Day, I reflect on the generations of conservation champions, including my late grandfather, and feel proud and energised to continue doing my part in this legacy.

"This year especially, I join the incredible African Parks team and communities around the world in shared dedication to our environment and collective well-being."

The clip, called Hope Starts Here", highlights the conservation work being carried out in his beloved Africa.

It was posted on pal Omid Scobie's Twitter to mark World Earth Day.

The Finding Freedom author said: "Prince Harry has narrated a re-release of @AfricanParks’ “Hope Starts Here" for #EarthDay.

"The video highlights the importance of resourcing national parks and protection areas to help deliver essentials like clean air and water, food security, jobs, education and healthcare.

"Harry has been President of @AfricanParks since 2017 and is currently assisting them to grow to 30 national parks under management by 2030 (currently they manage 19 parks in 11 countries)."

Africa holds a special place in Harry's heart and played a pivotal role in his relationship with Meghan Markle.

He whisked the Duchess of Sussex away on a romantic camping trip under the stars after just two dates.

And he designed Meghan's engagement ring using a diamond from Botswana.

Harry previously said the continent is the place "where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world".

And he has continued his mother's legacy in de-stigmatising HIV – with the Princess of Wales helping to change attitudes around the condition after shaking the hands of an AIDS patient in 1987.

His love of Botswana started when he visited the country shortly after Princess Diana's death in 1997.

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