Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be arriving in South Africa later today along with their son, Archie (4 months) ahead of their first official tour as a family. The couple is expected to be on the continent for 10 days.
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“In just a few weeks our family will be taking its first official tour to Africa, a region of the world that over the past two decades has been a second home to me. 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.” – The Duke For the official tour, the family will be visiting South Africa together 🇿🇦 and The Duke will be carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼, Angola 🇦🇴 and Botswana 🇧🇼 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Our monthly social awareness approach follows key accounts that inspire us and highlight those working towards positive change. As a lead up to the tour, for the month of September, we wish to celebrate the beauty of this wonderful continent as a whole: from local organisations working hard to better the environment, to the young leaders paving the way for a better future for the Commonwealth and beyond. These selected groups are a small representation of the incredible work being done in Africa today from countless people, local communities and organisations. To find out more about them, please consider following or supporting the below accounts: @DlalaNje @GoGooLive @YouthAlert @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust @QueensYoungLeaders @QueensCanopy @AfricanParksNetwork @DesmondTutuHIVFoundation @Sentebale @TheHaloTrust @MinesAdvisoryGroup @EveryDayAfrica @NelsonMandelaFoundationsa @NatGeo @PaintedWolfConservancy @Lewa_wildlife @AfricanWildlifeFoundation @Serengeti_National_Park @NRT_Kenya @Conservation_Lower_Zambezi @Giraffe_Conservation @VirungaNationalPark All photos used above are from accounts we are now following
Kicking off the tour in Cape Town, the royals will be soaking in the local culture and highlighting causes centred around women’s rights, given the recent spate of violence against women and children. The Duchess is known to be close to the cause.
In a post on the Sussex Royal Instagram account, the duke said he “can’t wait” to introduce his wife and son to South Africa.
On Monday the couple will visit a Cape Town township, where they are expected to tour a workshop supporting children and empowering young girls.
According to the BBC website, Prince Harry will then also travel alone to Malawi, Botswana and Angola, ‘where he will pay tribute to his mother Princess Diana’s anti-landmine campaign’.
Other highlights of the tour include a visit to another township near Johannesburg where Prince Harry and Meghan will learn about a project tackling rising unemployment.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of 13 and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day.”