Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Will Continue Princess Diana’s Work In Africa

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.

Princess Diana in Angola
Princess Diana in Angola | Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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.

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Last week, HRH The Duke of Sussex was proud to co-host a fundraising event for National Geographic’s @intotheokavango – a documentary film that highlights the vulnerability of the critical ecosystem that is The Okavango Delta and its source rivers in Angola. The Okavango Delta is the primary water source for a million people and is home to the world's largest remaining elephant population. His Royal Highness has a long-standing love of Africa and a connection with Botswana and Angola for over 20 years. The Duke is grateful to see National Geographic partnering with the Angolan government, @thehalotrust, @africanparksnetwork and many others in protecting this extraordinary habitat by supporting the sustainable management of the river basin's resources and focusing on a conservation economy. HRH – “Millions of people, food security and regional power generation are dependant on these free-flowing rivers. Threats such as uncontrolled fires, the bushmeat trade, unsustainable harvesting of the forest and rapid biodiversity loss are already destroying this incredible and delicate landscape. Known by the locals as ‘Source of life’, this ecosystem is wilderness at its best, playing an absolutely crucial role for the planet, people and wildlife. This is our one and only chance to save this magnificent last Eden.” (Photos: Cory Richards and John Hilton)

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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.