PRINCE Harry has begged mining firms to stop “pillaging” his African “sanctuary” for oil as he releases call for the word to “stand with us”.
The Duke of Sussex said the Okavango watershed in southern Africa is “at risk” due to “corporate oil drilling” in a rare op-ed for the Washington Post.
He said the area is a vital water source for nearby famers and fisherman in Angola, Bolivia and Botswana – but stressed it could be in danger.
The Prince – who was just unveiled as an impact partner for “ethical” investment group Ethic – said he and Meghan “found sanctuary and inspiration in the Okavango”.
Harry whisked the then future-Duchess of Sussex away to the Meno A Kwena safari camp in August 2017 in the heart of Botswana on one of their early dates.
Harry writes: “The Okavango River Basin is under siege by ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas company that has been granted licenses for exploratory drilling in an area of Namibia and Botswana larger than some European countries.
“We believe this would pillage the ecosystem for potential profit.
“Some things in life are best left undisturbed to carry out their purpose as a natural benefit. This is one of them.
“Drilling is an outdated gamble that reaps disastrous consequences for many, and incredible riches for a powerful few.”
Harry is the president of NGO African Parks.
The continent is a special place for Harry, with the young prince visited the continent only two months after his mother Princess Diana died.