It’s official. After much speculation, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have confirmed they are visiting Africa (visiting, not moving there) in the fall — and the best part? They’re bringing Archie with them. That’s right, it’ll be the baby’s first royal tour, and it couldn’t be to a more perfect place.
The Sussexes took to their Instagram page on Thursday to announce the worst-kept secret, though they did save the best for last, adding that “This will be their first official tour as a family!” They’ll all visit South Africa (Meghan’s, and presumably Archie’s, base for the trip, according to royal reporter Omid Scobie), but Harry will make a “short working visit” to Botswana on his way to doing solo stops in Malawi and Angola. It’s unknown whether SA will be the first country that’s visited or the last, so either Meghan and Archie will join Harry later, or they’ll already be waiting for him in South Africa.
While an itinerary has yet to be announced, one of the stops Harry, Meghan and maybe even Archie will likely make will involve The Lunchbox Fund, which provides daily meals to children in South Africa who would otherwise go hungry and help them get the education they need to build a life free of poverty. Since the organization was founded, it has provided over 20 million meals to schoolchildren in need. It was one of the charities Harry and Meghan spotlighted in April, directing those wanting to donate to their virtual baby shower to one of their favourite charitable endeavours instead.
Africa has always held a special place in Harry’s heart. Taking after his mother, the late Princess Diana, Harry has carried on her work and truly enjoys spending time there. He makes regular visits to Lesotho to work with his charity Sentebale, one of his passion projects that he has been deeply involved in for over a decade. And if you recall, one of Harry’s most memorable visits to South Africa involved him bringing awareness to the unnecessary slaughter of Africa’s wildlife, and he took a ton of pictures and videos (in fact, he took over the Kensington Royal Instagram page back in 2015) proving just how much the continent’s endangered animals need protection.
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 on route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
Furthermore, Africa also happens to be the place where they truly fell in love. Harry and Meghan have travelled to Africa a few times, including to Botswana in the early days of their relationship. “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” he said in their post-engagement interview. “We camped out with each other under the stars,” he told the BBC (via Reuters). “She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”
In April, Harry and Meghan shared a never-before-seen photo from their 2017 trip, which showed them in Botswana, equipping an elephant with a collar so it could be monitored.
It may be early days — Archie might not even be six months old at the time of the visit — but if they want to start his love for Africa, better early than never.