Duke and Duchess of Sussex to tour South Africa in their first official trip as a family of three

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will tour South Africa this autumn with their baby son.

The royal couple – who welcomed their little boy Archie into the world at the beginning of May – have confirmed they will be traveling to the African continent for their first official tour as a family of three and are “really looking forward” to meeting the local residents.

The Duke and Duchess wrote on their Instagram page: “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 en route to the other countries.

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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 πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ό and Angola πŸ‡¦πŸ‡΄. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ό en 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!

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“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!”

Britain’s High Commissioner to South Africa has said that the tour will be “short.”

He said: “That’s great news for us, and I predict it’s also good news for the South African economy. I predict a hat and frock buying frenzy to rival SONA [South Africa’s State of the Nation Address] which could restore economic growth all on its own. We’re hugely looking forward to that and thanks in anticipation for that and all the support that I know we’re going to receive. This a much shorter visit, they’ll be here for a matter of days and not months.”

Prince Harry, 34, will stop by Lesotho for his charity Sentebale – an organisation that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV – as well as Malawi, Botswana and Angola in honour of his late mother Princess Diana, who worked with the government to help clear land mines in the region when she was alive.

Prince Harry has always had a great love for Africa, cultivated by his mother Princess Diana. As an adult, he has continued to support children’s charities as well as wildlife conservation efforts on the continent. According to People Magazine, Meghan and Prince Harry have traveled to Africa together several times. They visited Botswana early in their relationship in the summer of 2016 β€” after just two dates over two consecutive days in London.

Speaking about their first special memory together, he recounted days they spent together in the African bush. He said, β€œI managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”

Meghan and Prince Harry tied the knot with Suit lead Meagan Markle in 2018 and welcomed their son Archie in May 2019.

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