Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Confirm Their 'First Official Tour as a Family' to Africa
On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would be going on tour to Southern Africa. This would be their first one as a family of three.
Prince Harry, 34, his wife Duchess Meghan, 37, and their son, Archie Harrison will have their first official tour as a family. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office invited the Royals for a visit to Southern Africa.
According to a post on the couple’s personal Instagram account, Prince Harry will do most of the traveling in the region. The family will land in South Africa before Harry visits three more countries in Southern Africa.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to South Africa, Angola and Malawi. In addition His Royal Highness will also undertake a working visit to Botswana. pic.twitter.com/wYrPPUkVwA
Harry is expected to drop by in Angola, Malawi, and Botswana. Reports state that baby Archie will stay in South Africa with his mother while his father is gone.
The Royal couple confirmed that the little boy would be traveling with them by captioning their post with the words: “This will be their first official tour as a family!”
On Wednesday, the British High Commissioner in South Africa confirmed that the Royal’s were expected. Speaking at a press conference commissioner Nigel Casey told journalists that the Sussex’s would undertake a Royal tour later this year.
Casey also explained that their trip would be a “short one.” He joked: “That's great news for us, and I predict it's also good news for the South African economy.”
The commissioner also teased that the country would go into a “buying frenzy” that would compete with the one seen at South Africa’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA). Joking further he said the rise in buying “could restore economic growth all on its own.”
Casey shared that the country looked forward to economic growth anticipated from the visit and even thanked the Royal couple in advance. He explained that the visit would only last a matter of days.
The United Kingdom will be experiencing fall when the Royal family visits, however, it will be spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Harry and Meghan have visited Africa together before.
In 2017, the pair made a trip to Botswana and this April they shared a never-before-seen photo from that visit.
They visited Botswana in 2016 after they had gone on just two dates over two consecutive days in London. Speaking after their engagement Harry said: “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars.”
The couple spent five days in the country by themselves to have “a chance to know each other.”