Prince Harry honours Brit soldier killed by elephant during anti-poaching duties

Prince Harry has paid tribute to a British soldier who was tragically trampled to death by an elephant while working on a counter-poaching operation.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot, 23, of the Coldstream Guards, was killed in May as he patrolled with local park rangers in Malawi.

The Duke of Sussex has visited the country's Liwonde National Park to lay a wreath and commemorate the life of the Guardsman, as the Sussexes continue their 10-day Royal Tour of Africa .

British military have been deployed across Africa helping in the fight against illegal poaching, training rangers in tracking, general infantry skills and bush craft.

Talbot, from Birmingham, had been working to train local rangers and act as a role model for them when he was killed.

The Duke of Sussex, who is on a 10-day tour of Africa with Meghan Markle and son Archie, earlier said collaboration "across agencies, borders and continents" is needed to end the poaching of Africa's iconic animals like rhinos and elephants.

He told an event in Malwai's capital Lilongwe earlier: "Guardsman Mathew Talbot was unfortunately killed a few months ago in the line of duty but the relationship between the British military and the Malawian rangers remains strong."

He added poaching "hampers development and undermines the rule of law" and praised the nation's ability to track down members of the illegal wildlife trade.

Later today, Harry will watch an anti-poaching demonstration conducted by local rangers and UK military.


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