If you have been eagerly awaiting more photos of the youngest member of the British royal family, then you don’t have much longer to wait. Overnight the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared details of their upcoming tour to South Africa, which will be baby Archie Harrison’s first official overseas engagement.
The family of three are due to jet off in just two weeks’ time, and Prince Harry has revealed his excitement over the upcoming trip, saying: “On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa!
We haven’t seen much of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since Meghan began her maternity leave earlier this year, before welcoming their first child into the world on May 6, and the public have only been treated to two glimpses of the Sussex’s son. However, despite being just five-months-old at the time of the trip, Archie is scheduled to travel to the African country with his parents.
Prince Harry and Meghan chose to share details of the trip on Instagram, rather than distributing an official palace statement, and revealed who they will be meeting with, and what engagements they will be carrying out, when they depart later this month.
“In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment,” the post, shared alongside a sweet photo of the couple, reads.
“This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa.”
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert
Harry and Meghan will meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the trip, as well as carrying out many charitable duties including joining educational program ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach. While Prince Harry will continue his mother Princess Diana’s legacy, as he will join Halo Trust in an effort to rid the world of landmines.
Harry, 34, will also travel to Malawi to check on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks, and will also deliver a brand new initiative which he designed himself, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership, with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola, to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta.
The post continued: “The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership.”
It concluded: “We look forward to seeing you soon!”
News of the trip has been well received by supporters of the couple too, with one fan writing: “This is going go be an extraordinary trip! I’m excited for them. And it brings back memories of watching Princess Diana visit Africa. Even though there wasn’t social media back then, she was so impactful in making the world care about this region of our world.”
Another said: “The Duchess has come at the right time to address women’s and children’s rights in South Africa. We’re fighting against gender based violence and we will win!” While a third wrote: “You’re both two of the most inspiring humans of our time.”
Harry and Meghan have completed a number of overseas tours together since tying the knot in May 2018. The couple travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga last October. They also visited Morocco at the request of then-Prime Minister Theresa May in February this year.