Reading Time: 2 minutes Meghan Markle and her idol Jane Goodall 
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Meghan Markle says famed conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is her ‘idol’.

The pair met last month, at the Royal Couple’s home Frogmore Cottage, ahead of yesterday’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting, an initiative created by Dr. Goodall, bringing together students from 26 countries from around the world to work together on various environmental projects.

An Instagram post shared by the Sussexes shows Prince Harry embracing Dr. Goodall, and reenacting how chimpanzees meet each other (below).


Dr. Goodall – who has been described as the ‘perfect woman’ by musician Moby for being ‘beautiful, erudite, vegan’ – shared some of the details of her visit with reporters, revealing that she gave baby Archie a cuddle, and some of the things she discussed with the royal couple.

“[Meghan] told me she’s followed me all her life,” Dr. Goodall revealed. “She told me ‘you’ve been my idol since I was a child. I’ve hero worshipped you all my life’.

“She came in at the end with Archie and I got to cuddle him. He’s very cute and very gentle.”

‘Kindness, warmth, and immense knowledge’

Prince Harry revealed that he too has long admired the conservationist, saying at the Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting: “She is a woman of kindness, warmth, immense knowledge and a softness that’s needed by mankind just as much as it is chimpkind.

“I’ve been admiring her work since I was a kid, and it was so wonderful to find that she was even more amazing in person.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.