The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Tour of South Africa
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking Archie with them on their tour of South Africa.
According to People magazine, new details have been released about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Africa royal tour with Archie . The tour is at the request of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Buckingham Palace.
The family of three will arrive on their 10-day overseas tour in Cape Town, South Africa on Monday, September 23. They will return home to the United Kingdom on October 2. Duchess Meghan and Archie will visit only South Africa with Prince Harry. He will visit Angola, Malawi, and Botswana on his own.
Prince Harry has taken his wife to Africa before but not to South Africa. He says he can't wait to introduce his wife and their almost five-month-old son to South Africa. Even though they will have Archie with them most of the time, he will not be with them on the first part of their official tour. They are hoping to take him to some of the later events, but it might be difficult because of his age. After all, he will be one of the youngest royals to travel on an official trip overseas. He will be in the safe hands of his nanny when he is not with his parents.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their son Prince George with them on their official tour of New Zealand and Australia, but the child was nine months old at the time.
The Couple's Entourage
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are taking an entourage of 13 people along with them. The nanny, hairdresser, and newly hired private secretary Fiona Mcilwham are paid for privately. The couple's private secretary is going so she can become more acquainted with her new role.
About the South African Tour
The couple's private secretary Samantha Cohen announced to reporters from Buckingham Palace last Friday that the tour will serve as an opportunity for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to show that a modern United Kingdom-Africa partnership is in place. Also, the royal couple will highlight many of their causes that they are passionate about.
The Duchess' Focus
The Duchess is scheduled to host events and work with organizations to promote health, women’s education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Cohen added that the Duchess of Sussex is anticipating the opportunity to learn from inspirational women in the region.
Last March, the 38-year-old duchess was named as vice president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, an organization that supports and connects young leaders in the Commonwealth. She will meet female entrepreneurs and community leaders and have discussions about the future of their countries.
The Duke's Focus
The Duke of Sussex calls Africa his second home. He fell in love with the continent when he first visited at the age of 13 with his mother. He is Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. That means Prince Harry has the ideal platform to support young people across Africa to help them reach their full potential.
A touching moment for Harry will be when he travels to Huambo and will be greeted by the same official, Governor Joana Lina, who was also the official host who greeted the late Princess Diana when she visited in 1997. He will visit the Huambo Orthopaedic Centre just like his mother did.
In addition to visiting Huambo, the 35-year-old father will visit Malawi where he will focus on conservation. He will visit Angola to continue the legacy of Princess Diana for the work she did to safely remove landmines 22 years ago. He will visit Botswana to continue his work with one of the charities he co-founded.
Buckingham Palace will keep the public updated with information about the royal family of three on their 10-day tour.