Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Africa Tour Could Be the Key to Saving Their Reputation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a serious reputation problem right now. And they must know it — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made headlines when they hired a world-renowned American PR firm to help resurrect their damaged reputations and hopefully put them back into public favor.

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What happened with this dazzling couple? Everyone seemed to love them at first, especially right after their stunning royal wedding at Windsor Castle. But over time, critics started calling Meghan Markle stuck up and demanding and accusing Prince Harry of just going along with whatever she said, plus being hypocritical. Their image problem is severe at this point.

But there is one thing that has the potential to turn things around for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For these two, the answer to their problems might be found in Africa.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are heading on an African tour soon

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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There’s nothing like a royal tour to foster goodwill between citizens and the royal family. The upcoming 10 day, multi-country excursion includes plenty of expected activities, like shaking hands and planting trees. And in case you were wondering, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be flying commercial and not using a private jet to get there.

This meticulously planned tour has another element to it that makes it distinctly personal to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke of Sussex described the tour as “meaningful,” and the couple will spend time focusing on conservation, mental health, and female empowerment, all causes they’ve been trying to promote all along.

New photos of Archie might help everyone forgive his parents

Part of the issue some people have with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is that they act too secretive and private for the roles they’re playing in the royal family. Fans were overjoyed when the couple gave birth to Archie Harrison in early May, but they were equally disappointed when the photo updates and official outings with the young royal were few and far between.

Good news for everyone who’s been waiting to see the baby again: that time will be here soon. Since Master Archie will be accompanying his parents on their Africa tour, we can expect a fresh batch of photos very soon. And every adorable snapshot will push Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s reputation a little closer to fully repaired.

It’s imperative that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get this tour right

“It will take more than a great tour to turn the tide completely, but if it goes well then it could be the start of a smoother path for them in the press,” royal commentator Ingrid Seward told Vanity Fair. “There’s a lot riding on the tour and the feeling is it really has to go well for the couple.”

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Obviously, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t just heading to Africa to make people like them better — though that will be a nice bonus if it happens. They’re going to establish British diplomacy in Africa, which is more important than ever during the tumultuous political time with Brexit and other controversies currently ongoing.

Because it’s so important, every tiny detail of the trip was planned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with extensive input from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle themselves. Everyone is counting on things going smoothly with zero drama and negative press.

It’s a huge undertaking and we’ll be anxiously waiting to see how it turns out.