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Prince Harry finding life 'challenging' according to friend Dr Jane Goodall

Dr Jane Goodall was invited to the Sussexes' home last summer

Danielle Stacey

Conservationist Dr Jane Goodall says she thinks the Duke of Sussex is finding life "a bit challenging" following his and wife Meghan's move to North America. The couple stepped back from royal life officially on 31 March.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Dr Goodall said: "I don't know how his career is going to map out, but yes, I've been in touch, though I think he's finding life a bit challenging just now."

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Earlier this summer HRH The Duke of Sussex met with world renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall for an intimate conversation on environment, activism, and the world as they see it. This special sit-down was requested by The Duchess of Sussex, who has long admired Dr. Goodall and wanted to feature her in the September issue of @BritishVogue, which HRH has guest edited. HRH and Dr. Goodall spoke candidly about many topics including the effects of unconscious bias, and the need for people to acknowledge that your upbringing and environment can cause you to be prejudiced without realising it. The Duke described that “[when] you start to peel away all the layers, all the taught behaviour, the learned behaviour, the experienced behaviour, you start to peel all that away - and at the end of the day, we’re all humans.” • Through @RootsandShoots the global youth service program @JaneGoodallInst founded in 1991, she has created and encouraged a global youth community to recognise the power of their individual strength – that each day you live, you can make a difference. Photos: ©️SussexRoyal / Chris Allerton #ForcesForChange

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Dr Goodall also said she thinks the Duke will give up hunting because of his wife's dislike for the sport. The 86-year-old met the couple when they invited her to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, in June last year.

Harry interviewed Dr Goodall for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, which Meghan guest-edited. In the candid Q&A, which was accompanied by shots of the pair walking during a rainy day in Windsor, they discussed the environment, responsibility and climate change.

The conservationist, who has travelled all over the world, admitted that she was enjoying being at home due to the UK lockdown. Asked whether she was getting restless, she said: "No, I hate travelling the way I do, but I still have a message to get out. With all the emails and requests I'm getting, this is actually more exhausting than travelling."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly moved to a new home in Los Angeles (Meghan's place of birth) after previously residing in a rented mansion on Vancouver Island, in Canada. The couple made a final post on their Sussex Royal Instagram account at the end of March, thanking their followers for their support.

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Harry and Dr Jane Goodall during a meeting at Windsor Castle last year

Harry and Meghan are set to launch their non-profit organisation, named Archewell after their son, Archie, in the coming months. "Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be," the Duke and Duchess told the Daily Telegraph in a statement.

They added: "Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of 'Arche'—the Greek word meaning 'source of action.' We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."

Jane Goodall: The Hope airs on National Geographic and National Geographic WILD 22 April at 8pm

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