What Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Do on Their Tour in Africa?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a break from the United Kingdom, but not necessarily their royal duties. Yesterday, the couple confirmed that they would be headed to Africa.
“Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼,” the Duke and Duchess captioned a photo on Instagram.
“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.”
What will the Duke and Duchess do in Africa?
Markle and Prince Harry already have an extensive set of activities on their agenda for once they land in the region.
“From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring,” the caption continued.
“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.”
Prince Harry will also announce a new project while there.
“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.”
And Markle won’t just be following her husband around on these trips. She will be doing some work of her own.
“The Duchess will be working with local organizations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.”
Why are Markle and Prince Harry going to Africa?
South Africa is part of the British Commonwealth, which Queen Elizabeth II is the head of, so it only makes sense that members of the royal family would visit.
“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,” the caption continued.
“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.”
Is Archie coming on the trip?
As Markle recently gave birth to her firstborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, fans have been wondering if they will see baby Archie on tour.
“This will be Their Royal Highnesses’ first official tour as a family, a spokesperson for the family said at a media briefing yesterday morning. “Not only will this visit serve as an opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to highlight many of the causes they have been involved with for many years, it will demonstrate a modern U.K.-Africa partnership in action.”
“The couple hope to include Archie at some point in the program . . . but it’s difficult to say when because he’s five months old,” a palace source said.