Prince Harry's solo trip to Zambia kicked off. He was greeted with flowers by a nine-year-old girl.
Less than a month after the whirlwind tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand that Prince Harry and his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle undertook, the Prince is traveling again. This time without Markle.
The solo trip falls on the one-year anniversary of Harry and Meghan public engagement announcement. it also comes mere months after the announcement that they are expecting their first child together.
He touched down in Lusaka on Monday. Harry is visiting Zambia for two days as part of his royal duties. The 34-year-old royal has openly spoken about his love for Africa and has visited the continent numerous times with the Duchess of Sussex. This trip is not for pleasure but for business.
The young prince plans to conduct business on behalf of the Commonwealth. His position as the youth ambassador of the family of nations linked to the U.K. requires him to carry out a variety of royal duties.
Prince Harry also intends to meet with conservation group African Parks, of which he is president. On his arrival in Zambia, Prince Harry was greeted by 9-year-old Jane Chawanangwa.
Jane wore a white dress and presented Harry with a bouquet of flowers. The royal father-to-be, who has openly stated he hopes he has a daughter, bent down to the little girls level and spoke to her.
He also shook her hand and grinned at her. The little girl looked confident and calm while chatting to the prince.
@MargaretButer tweeted, "Welcome to Zambia the gem of Africa Prine Harry - our Duke of Sussex. Have a fabulous time. The food is fantastic and the people are great and very welcoming. Thanks Jane. Good job!"
Harry was also treated to dancers dressed in traditional garb. During his visit, the Duke of Sussex will attend a reception celebrating links between the U.K. and Zambia.
Today Harry will meet with an organization called CAMFED. They tackle poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women.
The issue is one Prince Harry's wife has vocally supported. She has focused her public work on the cause and holds it close to her heart.
He will also head to Burma Barracks to commemorate the Zambian veterans from the two world wars. During the visit, Prince Harry will meet widows of veterans and visit a photographic exhibition about the African soldier of WWI.
As the president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Harry will host a talk with young leaders who are leading social purpose ventures around the world. He will also visit Circus Zambia which aims to help young people from vulnerable backgrounds across Lusaka by providing them with life skills, education, and employment opportunities.
Harry’s final duty in the country will be a visit to BongoHive. It is the country’s first technology and innovation hub.
The duke will attend one of the workshops as well as meet entrepreneurs practicing their pitches ahead of the next funding competition. He will also hear from founders of start-ups who have benefited from BongoHive’s support.