Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Africa Tour Is More Important Than You Think

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been lying relatively low since the birth of their son, Archie Harrison, in early May. Although Prince Harry has been spotted at several royal engagements since then, the bulk of his time has been reserved for his wife and son. Markle has only appeared once or twice, causing quite a stir whenever anyone gets a glimpse of the happy new mom.

Still, the time is approaching when the new family will have to get back into the swing of things and continue their royal duties in full force. A recent announcement from Prince Harry and Markle has everyone excited about the direction of their charity efforts, and how the couple is working together to change the monarchy.

Meghan Markle is dedicated to charity

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Markle has always been committed to doing good in the world, and long before she married Prince Harry, she devoted her time to various causes that are close to her heart. She even spoke out against gender inequality when she was still a young child. 

In 2016, Markle became a Global Ambassador for World Vision, traveling to Rwanda to work with underprivileged children. She has also spent a great deal of time working with animal charities and various organizations for the empowerment of women. There’s little doubt that her love of charity is one of the traits that helped draw Prince Harry to her, and made him realize that she was the perfect partner for him.

Since marrying into the royal family, Markle has been working harder than ever to raise awareness for educational causes, institutions for the education of women, and arts education foundations. She was even granted several special assignments from Queen Elizabeth, who quickly realized that Markle is no stranger to hard work and has a natural ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tour Africa

Since giving birth to Archie Harrison on May 8th, Markle has been on maternity leave, resting and bonding with her baby son. She has also been quietly preparing to return to the spotlight alongside Prince Harry. The couple has likely been planning out the remainder of their year, analyzing where they could do the most good — and they settled on the continent of Africa.

In late June, Prince Harry and Markle took to social media to announce that in the fall, they, along with Archie Harrison, would be traveling to Southern Africa in order to raise awareness of the work that different charities are doing there. The couple made sure to point out on the Instagram post that the trip would be their first official tour as a family, setting the tone for the next chapter in their story.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will gain many new fans on their tour

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Today, The Duke of Sussex attended UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit, hosted by @DianaAward. The Diana Award, created in 1999, is a continuation of Princess Diana’s legacy and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Young people shared their experiences of being mentees and explained why it is so important to them to have businesses, organisations and leaders support mentoring. Two of these were influential young leaders Deborah and Dorcas Kabongo, who won the Diana Award in 2015 for their work on tackling key issues at the root of gang culture, focusing on the role of women and girls in gang-related violence and crime. They are having a real impact on their local community, showing those who may feel that joining a gang is their only option that there are alternatives in life. Since the creation of the Diana Award almost 20 years ago, the charity has recognised 48,000 selfless young people from across the world for their social action and humanitarian work. It has trained over 28,000 young people to stand up to bullying in their schools and communities through Anti-Bullying Ambassador training and supported over 1,000 vulnerable young people across the United Kingdom by introducing a positive role model into their lives through their Mentoring Programme. “I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn’t realise that someone looks up to them, that for that person, you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.” – The Duke of Sussex Thanks to organisations like The Diana Award the impact that young people can have is heard and acknowledged. For those who wish to become part of the programme and make a difference, please discover our link in bio for more information. Photo credit: Carmel King/The Diana Award

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The fact that the couple is choosing to go overseas for their first major royal engagement after the birth of their son speaks volumes. Markle has continued to experience relentless bullying from the press as well as social media, even after becoming a mother. Escaping England will provide the family with a welcome respite from constant media scrutiny and allow them to get back to basics, working towards causes that they find the most worthwhile.

The trip will also allow many royal watchers to see them in a whole new light, as emissaries, traveling the world with their infant son. Exposing Baby Archie to other facets and areas of the world will allow him to become a global citizen from an early age, and follows the example set by Prince Harry’s mother: Princess Diana. There’s no doubt that she would be proud of her son, and of the family that he has helped to build.