The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. It’s Day 3 of the Sussexes tour of South Africa, and for their first engagement—maybe their most important one—Harry and Meghan brought along Archie, which marks the baby’s debut during the royal tour.
Harry, Meghan and Archie kicked off the day at one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, The Old Granary, where they were greeted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. Considering the video the Sussexes posted on their Instagram account, and the caption “Arch meets Archie!” whose exclamation point was very warranted, Harry and Meghan couldn’t have looked more excited to not only meet such a legendary human being but also to show off their son.
And Tutu looked equally thrilled to meet the baby, who behaved like a little gentleman. After the initial meeting, all five of them took a group photo on the balcony then went inside for some tea and treats, to which the Archbishop told Harry and Meghan (and, technically, Archie): “We are delighted to have you here.” Now, keep in mind, since retiring in the late ’90s, Archbishop Tutu doesn’t make public appearances often so the Sussexes should be honoured, which, based on their reaction, it seems they were.
The public wasn’t informed of Archie’s appearance and perhaps it was better that way, surprising fans with such a momentous occasion. And Archie didn’t disappoint. While their meeting at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation went off without a hitch, the baby certainly brightened up spirits throughout. Meghan and Thandeka spoke about how Archie would have to get used to life in the public eye. “I have cameras in my genes,” Thandeka said, to which Meghan replied, “He’s an old soul.” Harry said: “I think he is used to it already.”
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One glance at Archie, wide-eyed and adorable, and he looks exactly like Harry did as a baby. And if the Archbishop’s daughter’s comments were true, where she stated that the little one likes “the ladies” and “he’s going to be a ladies man,” that’s more proof that Archie could be just like his daddy.
Lovely pictures of a bonny Archie meeting Archbishop Tutu. Doesn’t he look like his dad Harry at the same age? Love the fact Archie is a ginge 👨🏼🦰 pic.twitter.com/guP3NrQG1g
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) September 25, 2019
The visit could not have gone better—or been much cuter. Archie clearly stole the show while his parents may have been a little more distracted than usual when it came down to the business at hand. But a distraction this amazing was worth it. And it’s clear the Archbishop and his daughter didn’t mind one bit.
The Sussexes have less on the agenda today. After their visit, Harry and Archie take off and leave Meghan on her own, where she’ll make her first solo visits of the royal tour. First up, she’ll head to the Woodstock Exchange for an event that supports female entrepreneurs who work to develop the country’s ecosystem for strong digital economic growth. Meg then heads over to Mothers2mothers, a charity that trains and employs women living with HIV as community health workers. Harry then leaves his wife and son when he heads over to the Botswana, then Angola and Malawi before the three reunite on Oct. 1 in Johannesburg.