The HeirPod: Meghan & Harry Reportedly Carried Baby Archie's Home Comforts during the Africa Tour

During the recent South Africa tour that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle went on, they reportedly took plenty of home comforts with them to make their son as comfortable as possible.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent ten days touring South Africa with their only son, Archie.

“You want to keep him comfortable the whole time.”

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, their baby son Archie, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, their baby son Archie, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Meghan and Harry’s South Africa tour

It started on September 23 in Cape Town, and, from that point on, Harry visited Monwabisi Beach, Botswana, Angola, Malawi, Johannesburg, and some other communities to fulfill their royal duties while Meghan stayed in South Africa with Archie.

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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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The tour came to its end on October 2, when the entire family headed back to London. As expected, their journey attracted a lot of attention, mainly because they took Archie with them.

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson

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Archie was quite comfortable during the tour

In an episode of the “HeirPod” podcast, royal reporter Omid Scobie stated that Meghan and Harry took and the baby’s home comforts with them to the tour. Omid added:

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At a college in Lilongwe, Malawi, Prince Harry visit women who support @camfed - the Campaign for Female Education. During the visit, is Meghan skyped in from Johannesburg (where she is currently staying with Archie) to tell them how proud she is of their work. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and girls are are forced to drop school early for child marriage or for pregnancy. In this country, @camfed and @dfid_uk have helped 35,000 girls to complete their education. Harry spoke about his visit to the college at a reception in the evening at The British High Commissioner’s Residence. • • #RoyalTourAfrica #royalvisitafrica 🇿🇦 #meghanmarkle #princeharry #dukeofsussex #duchessofsussex #duchessmeghan #dukeanddutchessofsussex #royaltour #royals #royalfamily #britishroyals #britishroyalfamily #camfed #girlseducation #malawi ( 📷 by @dominic.lipinski @pa )

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“I heard there were a lot of toys that they brought with him. Just all the things that make him feel like he hasn’t gone anywhere, because you want to keep him comfortable the whole time.”

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Some more behind the scenes moments of The Duke and 200 children planting trees in Chobe National Park! The Duke of Sussex has kicked off the next leg of #RoyalTourAfrica by planting trees in Chobe National Park with children from local primary schools. The Duke planted a baobab, which are severely under threat across Africa, which will live for 1000 years! Each child grew their sapling from seed in recycled milk tins from the elephant orphanage, using fertilised soil from the orphans’ dung! The park is home to a huge elephant population – more than 17,000 – along with some of the world’s most diverse and vibrant eco-systems. The people, wildlife and whole area rely on the Chobe River to survive, but many species and indigenous trees are sadly now extinct. There is critical need to secure the forest so wildlife have access to the river. The Duke was welcomed by his close friend Dr Mike Chase, Founder of Elephant Without Borders (@elephantswithoutborders), who has dedicated his life to supporting Botswana’s people and Elephants. ‘If you look after nature, it will look after you’ – The Duke of Sussex The Duke will shortly continue the tour with stops in Angola 🇦🇴 and Malawi 🇲🇼 focussing on community, HIV/AIDS and environment. #RoyalVisitBotswana Video©️ SussexRoyal

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The reporter pointed out that the main reason for Meghan not to accompany her husband in his journey was to keep Archie, who was five months old at the time, comfortable in South Africa.

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More from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap! In amongst the beautiful colour of the Bo Kaap houses, Shamielah Samsodian and her family also opened their doors to the Duke and Duchess, welcoming them into their home to share stories – and importantly - share their food. Happy Heritage Day! ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Video ©️SussexRoyal

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Archie stole the show

Archie was barely seen during the entire tour as he made a single appearance. It took place on September 25 when he and his family met Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

During that meeting, Meghan was heard calling her son by what appeared to be his nickname: Bubba. In a video shared on Instagram, Meghan and Harry are shown sitting and playing with their baby.

Meghan called her baby by his supposed nickname

At some point, the Duchess said: “Oh, Bubba,” and sat Archie on her lap to clean his mouth with a burp cloth.

The baby was the biggest attraction during the meeting as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Nomalizo Leah, were entertained by Archie the whole time thanks to his calm and cheerful behavior.

More moments of the meeting were posted on the Sussex Instagram page, wherein Meghan even appears dancing with her baby while holding him up in front of the Tutus.

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