Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will bee landing in South Africa on Monday. After the birth of their child Archie, this is their first official tour as a family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son will arrive at the port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, to spend their 10-day South African trip.
Their tour will start with an educational workshop in one of Cape Town’s townships areas which are crippled by gang violence. The area is located just a few miles from the city’s stunning beaches and rolling vineyards.
After that, they will be visiting the District Six museum which is a memorial to the forced relocation of some 60,000 non-white residents from the city center during apartheid. In 2006, Harry traveled widely all over Africa and jointly founded the charity Senatebale to help many children affected by HIV.
In 2016, when Prince and Meghan started dating spent their holidays in Botswana and returned as a couple in the next year. Several South Africans considering that Meghan’s presence will make this royal visit particularly special as she is a mixed-race American descended from slaves on her mother’s side.
Baby Archie who is less than five months old, born on 6 May, will become one of the youngest royals to take part in an official visit. This trip will also mark Archie’s first major public appearance since his birth.
The Duke and Dutchess have kept their newborn out of the spotlight and they also held his christening privately after which many royal fans felt cheated. Archie was last seen in public on the sidelines of a royal charity polo match in July.
On Wednesday, Harry will travel alone to Botswana, Angola, and Malawi. He will also take a tour of HIV prevention projects and conservation projects. Meghan will remain in South Africa where will continue various activities to raise awareness about women’s rights.
After one week, Harry will reunite with Meghan and Archie in Johannesburg where they will complete the last day of the tour together and fly back on October 2. While visiting South Africe the royal couple will meet Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Graca Machel, widow of the country’s first black president Nelson Mandela.
In 2015, Harry last met Tutu in Cape Town when he presented the archbishop with honor in recognition of his services on behalf of UK communities and international peace. Tutu and his wife have described their meeting with the royals as a “rare privilege and honor” which is scheduled for Wednesday.