• Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal African tour begins

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Cape Town today, with their four month old son Archie, commencing their first official tour as a family. The family arrived in at 10:00 BST on a British Airways commercial flight. This is baby Archie’s first official overseas trip.

    Upon their arrival, British High Commissioner to South Africa tweeted: “My thanks to higher authorities for laying on perfect weather to greet TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Cape Town this morning.”

    The royal family has chosen to start their trip by visiting the township of Nyanga, about 20 km (12 miles) from Cape Town, which is also known as the country’s “murder capital”. The couple will visit The Justice Desk, a group that takes initiative to teach self-defence and empowerment to vulnerable children who are affected by an environment where violence is an everyday reality. Meghan is also expected to speak about the rising violence against women in South Africa at some point.

    They will also interact with the charity mothers2mothers, which work on the prevention of transmission of HIV from mothers to the children. The couple have brought various gifts that include clothes, books and pens for the families affected by HIV.

    As per a source, ‘The Duke and Duchess were inundated with gifts for baby Archie from organisations and the general public…So the duchess decided to bring a number of his presents to hand on to South African children and families most in need.”

    The next stop for the couple will be to the District Six Museum, which was subject to the forced relocation of 60,000 inhabitants of various races during Apartheid in the 1970s. They will then move ahead to the District Six Homecoming Centre and participate in a community cooking activity.

    On September 25th Harry and Megan will undertake one of the most awaited engagements in the journey by meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife at their legacy foundation.

    In the next phase of the 10 day tour, Harry will move alone to Malawi, Angola, and Botswana where he will look back and pay a tribute to his mother Princess Diana’s anti-landmine campaign. In Angola, he will also spend an evening at a new HALO Trust de-mining camp. In Malawi he will pay tribute to Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life during an anti-poaching patrol.

    He will then reunite with his family in South Africa and will conclude the tour with an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr. Tshepo Motsepe.

    It is not clear whether baby Archie will make a public appearance but as per a royal source, Harry and Megan “hope to include Archie at some point in the program.”

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