Just call the Duke and Duchess of Sussex royal jetsetters. Harry and Meghan left London for Rome last Thursday, were back in the U.K. by Saturday and are now in Cape Town, South Africa to kick off their first royal visit with son Archie.
The last few days have indeed been quite the whirlwind. You may have seen the name Misha Nonoo come across your timeline over the last few days and if you’re a royal watcher, it won’t be the last. The designer is one of Duchess Meghan’s closest friends and perhaps one of the only people on the planet who could get Meghan and Prince Harry to attend her wedding despite having to prepare for a trip to Africa. But considering Nonoo went to their royal wedding, celebrated at Meghan’s baby shower earlier this year and helped Meg launch her capsule collection for the Smart Works charity, it was a no-brainer for the royals to return the favour and watch their friend marry oil millionaire Michael Ness on Friday.
The Sussexes weren’t the only stars at the nuptials—heck, they weren’t even the only royals. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were also there, as well as Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, James Corden and his wife Julia, Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. But Harry and Meghan were gone by Saturday, and gathered everything they would need for their Africa tour—including baby Archie. And just like that, the family hopped on another plane and have already landed in Cape Town. And since there’s no rest for the wickedly busy, they’re getting right to work and kicking off the tour today, despite a delay.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 23, 2019
According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, the royals will “visit a township which teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides female empowerment training to girls in the community,” and this could not be more up Meghan’s alley. And while their itinerary is already jam-packed, there was a late addition to Meg’s schedule that’s also very fitting. A spokeswoman told Harper’s Bazaar that the Duchess will now add a visit to mothers2mothers on Wednesday, where she will “mentor mothers who deliver health services and education to women and their families in townships around the city, and visit with clients and their children.”
For their first engagements in the country’s capital, Harry and Meghan will visit a museum and also prepare food and exchange cookbooks. South Africans who were eagerly awaiting the couple’s arrival welcomed them in traditional fashion at the Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, which teaches children about their rights, provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training for young girls in the community.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will spend three days in South Africa before Harry travels on his own to Botswana, Angola and Malawi. They’ll reunite on October 1 in Johannesburg, then wrap up the tour the following day.
Our eyes will be peeled for any and all official Archie sightings as the family of three embark on their first trip as a unit.