Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie kick off their first tour as a family on Monday in southern Africa.
At the request of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will travel together to South Africa before Harry continues on to Angola and Malawi. While in the region, Harry is also set to visit Botswana on a working trip.
While not all details have been released, Buckingham Palace has revealed the trip has a packed itinerary that will focus on “community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDs and the environment.”
It’s no secret that the region holds a special place in Prince Harry’s heart. In the weeks before the tour, a post from the duke on the Sussex Royal Instagram account described it as his “second home.”
“Our team has helped create a meaningful programme that we’re so excited to share with you. On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! We’ll see all of you very soon,” he added.
The varied schedule sees them hit the ground running in Cape Town at a yet-to-be-disclosed township and in following days, meet the veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as a number of charities and causes the pair hold dear.
“Throughout this ten-day tour, The Duke and Duchess are pleased to raise awareness of the positive partnerships with the United Kingdom, particularly in advance of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London in 2020,” the couple’s communications secretary said in a statement before the visit.
Joining the couple on the trip will be the couple’s 4-month-old Archie Harrison. Harry and Meghan have given the world a few glimpses of their son with a brief photo call after his birth and strategically shot Instagram posts – but he’s yet to be officially seen in public.Photo Credit: Getty