Prince Harry accused of cropping out elephant’s tethered leg in picture of Malawi visit to mark Earth Day


PRINCE Harry has been accused of cropping a photo of an elephant taken on an African tour to hide the tether around its leg on Instagram.

The image was posted to the @sussexroyal account, belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to celebrate Earth Day.

This is the cropped photo posted to the @sussexroyal Instagram account for Earth Day
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The original photo shows a tether around the hind leg of the animal, which had also been tranquillised
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Prince Harry worked on a conservation project in Malawi, moving hundreds of elephants to parks
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The image shows a man touching the tusk of an elephant which is visible except for its hind legs.

The original image, which appears in a 2016 press release from Kensington Palace about Harry’s trip to Malawi, shows a wider image featuring the elephant’s tethered hind leg.

On Instagram the caption refers to Harry’s project, which aimed to relocate hundreds of elephants to conservation parks, but not the fact that the animals were tranquillised and tethered, as the press release states.

It reads: “When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities.

“Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism.”

Now the Duke has been criticised for concealing the whole truth on the social media platform, as he chose to crop the rope from his Earth Day post.

Wildlife photographer Christiaan Kotze told the Mail Online: “He [Harry] is on the front line and has access that very few people including professional photographers would ever dream of having.

“If these are really his best images he has not used the opportunity to its full extent.”

Quoted speaking about the visit in 2016, the Prince said: “This young male was fighting the drug and headed towards the trees, which would have made it very difficult for us to get him on the truck.

“This big bull (male) elephant refused to lie down after it had been darted with tranquilliser. After about seven minutes the drug began to take effect and the elephant became semi-comatose, but it continued to shuffle for a while.”

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The Duke of Sussex attends the ‘Our Planet’ premiere at the Natural History Museum with The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, lending their joint support for the protection of our environment. As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world. Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger. A few recent photos that look back on: Prince Harry’s long time commitment to this cause as well as a glimpse into the work he and The Duchess of Sussex did in 2017. Their Royal Highnesses travelled to Botswana to assist Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders in equipping a bull elephant with a satellite collar. Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Using satellite technology allows conservationists to track their critical migratory patterns and to protect them and the local communities from human wildlife conflict. The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd. Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward. Credit: Image 1 PA

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A Kensington Palace press release includes images showing Harry marking elephants before they’ve moved
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Harry openly spoke about the work he did with elephants in Malawi in 2016
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Many of the huge elephants had to be sedated and tethered in order to move them to the conservation parks
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