William and Harry’s different characters are reflected in their views on wildlife conservation

NEWS AND VIEWS: There is no question that William has a more circumspect, considered way of dealing with things compared to Harry’s more confrontational views. That’s what I take from the news media. We see it in the way that Harry confronts what he regards as news media misbehaviour. He has instigated several claims for compensation and injunctions against news media because they allegedly stole personal information et cetera.

William and Harry's different characters are reflected in their views on wildlife conservation

And William, who is going to be the next King, is probably inherently more circumspect in his behaviour and statements as he cannot be as controversial.

Harry felt he couldn’t fit in with the Royal family’s life in the UK. Perhaps he felt it was too restrictive, too formal and stifling. If that’s true, it once again supports my assessment that he needs the freedom to express himself and he does so fearlessly when required.

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Wildlife conservation

The Times reports that the rift between William and Harry (the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex respectively) includes a difference of opinion on conservation work.

Harry, it is said, has a more “hands-on interventionist approach” compared to William.

Harry is on the Board of Directors of a charitable foundation called African Parks. It’s a large charity deploying 1,400 guards in 22 national parks covering 20 million ha. I believe that William shares this charitable foundation in terms of his support and it is said that they have regularly disagreed “on the best way to reduce poaching and save endangered species”.

Both are passionate about saving protected species. But they differ in how it should be achieved through projects in Africa.

According to The Times:

“A well-placed source who knows both brothers said [that] ‘William believes you should focus on community-led schemes where local people over time feel empowered to protect the land. Harry, on the other hand, was more interventionist. He felt you need a more hands-on approach to ensure wildlife habitats were securely protected to enact change quickly.”

It is said that Harry’s “firm-handed approach… has fuelled tensions with communities which have been cut off from age-old grazing and hurling roots”.

In Harry’s much-publicised book Spare he said that on one occasion he almost came to blows with William in front of his childhood friends. When the friends asked why the princes both work on Africa, William is said to have replied “Because rhinos, elephants, that’s mine!”

Comment: it would seem that William wanted to claim the right to work on the conservation of rhinos and elephants in Africa while pushing out Harry’s involvement. An indication of friction between the two on the issue of African wildlife conservation.

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Harry picture: By Defensie – https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2019/10/05_invictus_10, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87184061

William picture: By Royal Navy – This file has been extracted from another file, OGL 3, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=107241839

Yes, it has to be said that Harry’s and William’s attitude towards African wildlife conservation clashes with the fact that they shoot birds on the King’s estates.

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