The Prince of Wales invited the Duchess of Edinburgh to attend a special screening with him on Tuesday in support of a cause that is dear to both of their hearts.
The premiere of the documentary Rhino Man was hosted by the Prince’s taskforce, United for Wildlife, at Battersea Power Station, and William, 40, and Sophie, 58, were in attendance.
Prince William was dressed in a blue suit, while Sophie looked lovely in a purple floral Erdem dress.
The pair’s outing together was praised by royal fans, one of whom said: “The duo we never knew we needed! It’s wonderful to see The Prince and Duchess of Edinburgh team up for a cause they both care deeply about.
Another person remarked that it was “fantastic to see The Duchess of Edinburgh accompanying her nephew, The Prince of Wales.”
“This is on my must-see list, and I’m looking forward to it,” a third person added. The work these rangers are doing is so crucial. PS: I’m really enjoying our joint engagement with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Edinburgh! Please schedule more joint events.”
The film chronicles the tragic wildlife traffickers’ murder of Anton Mzimba and the crucial work being done to train the next generation of South African wildlife rangers to protect rhinos from poachers and other wildlife criminals.
When Anton Mzimba was shot outside his home last year, he was the head of ranger services at the Timbavati private game reserve in northeastern South Africa, close to the Kruger National Park.
William said of the movie: “I’m proud to see his life and legacy recognized in Rhino Man. The murder of Anton Mzimba is a stark reminder of the daily dangers that all rangers around the world face protecting the natural world from the international criminal organizations that seek to profit illegally from wildlife.
They cannot carry this burden by themselves. Attention and cooperation across the entire criminal enterprise, not just on the front line, are required for an efficient response to this heinous crime.
United for Wildlife has taken steps to ensure that those responsible for wildlife crime will be met with an international response as powerful and coordinated as any other serious and organized crime through its global financial and transport taskforces and wider alliance of partners.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are said to be friendly with William and his wife, the Princess of Wales. Catherine and Sophie also share a variety of interests, including early childhood, sports, art, and photography.
Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, served as one of William and Catherine’s bridesmaids at their royal nuptials in 2011 when she was only seven years old.
William, Catherine, and Princess Charlotte were joined by the then-Wessexes at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last summer.
At the Prince’s 59th birthday celebration in March, King Charles awarded Edward and Sophie the dukedom of Edinburgh.
James, Viscount Severn, the son of the couple, is now James, Earl of Wessex.