Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are heading down to Africa. In a move that will continue the work of Princess Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just announced plans to visit several countries in Africa. The couple plans to bring their newborn son, Archie, with them on the trip, which will mark their first royal tour as a family. Here’s a look at everything Harry and Markle will be doing as they head to Africa later this year.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce Africa tour
This past week, Harry and Markle announced the exciting news on social media. The couple revealed that they will be visiting several locations in South Africa, including Angola and Malawi, where Harry has done charity work in the past. The Duke will also venture to Botswana as the family makes their way to several countries in the region. Although they did not reveal any specifics, the pair also hinted that Archie will be coming along for the tour.
“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,” the couple announced.
During the stop in Malawi, Harry plans to work on a charity he started called Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity. According to People, Harry founded the organization in 2006 with the help of Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The charity helps educate and support young people in the area who have been impacted by AIDS and HIV.
This is very similar work to what Princess Diana did back in the day when she raised awareness about HIV and AIDS during a time when few were talking about the subject in public.
Prince Harry continues Princess Diana’s work in Angola
Diana also famously did work in Angola. In 1997, Diana visited an active landmine field in the country and photos of her visit made headlines around the world. This includes a shot of Diana walking alongside a dirt road while wearing a protective visor.
Princess Diana worked closed with a charity called the HALO Trust in Angola, which works to remove dangerous landmines from the wilderness. Harry has also worked with the HALO Trust and made his first visit to Angola in 2013. At the time, Harry learned how the country’s civil war has devastated certain areas and how landmines are still a major issue.
Harry’s love for Africa goes back to his childhood. As Diana’s youngest son, Harry visited the county several times as a young boy. He started charitable work in Africa as early as 2006 and has made considerable strides in animal conservation in the area as well.
Like his older brother, Prince William, Africa clearly holds a special place in Harry’s heart and will continue to be a frequent stop as he and Markle raise a family together. Markle, of course, has also done charitable work in Africa and is no stranger to the area.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have visited Africa in the past
The upcoming trip to South Africa is not the first time Harry and Markle have visited the country. Before they tied the knot in May of 2018, Harry and Markle visited Botswana in the summer of 2016. Harry flew Markle to Botswana for a five-day trip, where they camped under the stars and really got to spend some quality time together. They also visited the country to celebrate Markle’s birthday in 2017.
Given their close ties to Africa, it is understandable that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want to take Archie along for the ride. Young royals used to stay home during trips abroad, but that all changed when Diana joined the family.
Back in 1983, Princess Diana took William to visit Australia and New Zealand and refused to leave him at home. William was only nine months old at the time. Diana also took along William’s nanny, Barbara Barnes, to help her with the day-to-day activities.
It is unclear how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will handle raising Archie during their trip to Africa as they with both be busy making public appearances and doing charitable work. The two will likely bring along a nanny to watch Archie throughout the trip, though they have yet to reveal any more details about the tour.