The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their first overseas tour as a family on Monday, taking five-month-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to Africa.
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The ten-day tour sees the Duke, Duchess and baby Archie visit South Africa, in a programme designed to cover their favourite charitable causes and boost Britain’s relationships abroad.
The Duke will travel alone to Botswana, Angola and Malawi where he will follow in the footsteps of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, with work on clearing land mines and HIV awareness.
A spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of thirteen and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day.
“As Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke now has a platform to be able to support young people across Africa in reaching their full potential.
“Through her Patronages, The Duchess will be working with organisations to promote women’s education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership.
“The Duchess of Sussex is particularly looking forward to the opportunity to learn from inspirational women in the region.”
When did Harry and Meghan start their tour?
The royal couple and baby Archie kicked off their tour on Monday, September 23rd. It runs until Wednesday, October 2nd.
Where are they travelling to?
South Africa, specifically Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Duke will travel alone to Botswana, Malawi and Angola.
Where are they staying in Africa?
This remains confidential for security reasons, but will be an official residence arranged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Who will the Duke and Duchess meet on their tour?
Key figures include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel, widow of the late President Mandela, President Lourenço of Angola, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi, and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa. They will also meet influential women in South Africa, likely to include some public figures, and hundreds of members of the public. Evening receptions are expected to include some famous local guests.
What will baby Archie get up to?
Officially? Very little. The published plans do not yet include engagements featuring Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who is five months old. He is expected to make appearances at points, though not upon arrival in South Africa which happened privately. Royal sources have said that the Duke and Duchess hope to include him in their programme, but will make relatively last-minute decisions based on how he is getting on in his unfamiliar surroundings.
Full tour itinerary
Monday, September 23rd
After arriving in South Africa privately, rather than walking down the steps of the plane in front of the cameras, the tour officially began in a township in Cape Town.
The Duke and Duchess viewed a workshop that teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and watched self-defence classes and female empowerment training for young girls in the community.
The Duke and Duchess toured the District Six Museum to learn about the work to reunite members of the community forcibly relocated during the apartheid era.
Harry and Meghan also took part in a community cooking session with former residents of District Six at the nearby Homecoming Centre.
Tuesday, September 24th
Harry and Meghan visit Monwabisi Beach to learn about the work of ‘Waves for Change’, an NGO which provides mental health services for young people via local surf mentors.
They learned about the work of The Lunchbox Fund, which provides 30,000 meals a day for schools and programmes in South Africa’s poorest areas. The charity was one of four to benefit from public donations celebrating their wedding.
The couple will met Dr Thomas Maes, who is leading the Commonwealth Litter Programme to tackle plastic waste.
While Meghan took a break, Harry – in his role as Captain General Royal Marines – joined the City of Cape Town Marine Unit on a boat to Seal Island, Kalk Bay, to learn about abalone poaching. The shellfish has suffered from critical levels of illegal wildlife trade.
In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess visited the Bo Kaap area, a South African Heritage Protection Site, to celebrate the “rainbow nation” of South Africa. They saw the Auwal mosque, the oldest mosque in the country, and heard from different faith groups.
The couple then enjoyed a cup of tea in the home of local residents.
The day finished with a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to mark the “rich and diverse nature of the UK’s modern partnership with South Africa”.
Wednesday, September 25th
The Duke and Duchess met Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation.
They then split for the next stage of the tour.
While Meghan and Archie remained in South Africa, the Duke boarded a plane to travel to Botswana for the “working visit” part of the programme.
In the afternoon, the Duchess visited the Woodstock Exchange where she met female entrepreneurs and investors working in technology, to “highlight the benefits of networking between aspiring female entrepreneurs and successful female role models”.
Thursday, September 26th
Prince Harry joined schoolchildren at the Chobe Forest Tree Reserve, Botswana, for some tree planting.
He then visited a local project run by his charity Sentebale which focuses on improving the mental health of young people affected by HIV.
Later, at Chobe National Park, he dedicated an area of forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which is intended as a passage for wildlife to expand the range of their habitats.
He then departed for Angola.
In Dirico, south eastern Angola, he spent the evening at a new HALO Trust de-mining camp
Meghan, meanwhile, spent part of the day in a private “Women in Public Service” breakfast at the High Commission in Cape Town.
Friday, September 27th
The Duke’s day will begin early with a visit to a working de-mining field outside Dirico, where he will remotely detonate a mine and meet members of the community.
He will make a speech about the importance of continuing de-mining.
He will then unveil a three-country Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project for the Okavango Delta, with representatives from Angola, Botswana and Namibia.
In Huambo, where he will be hosted by the Governor Joana Lina, Harry will visit the location where his mother Diana, Princess of Wales was photographed in 1997. The site is now a busy street with schools, shops and houses.
Later that day, he will visit to Huambo Orthopaedic Centre, also visited by his mother in 1997. He will rename it in honour of Princess Diana and make a short speech.
In the evening, he will attend a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Luanda to “learn about Angola’s economic transformation and business landscape”.
Saturday, September 28th
Still in Angola, the Duke will begin his day with an official audience with President Lourenço at the Presidential Palace.
He will then visit the Maternity Hospital Lucrécia Paim to see the work of a project spearheaded by First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço ‘Born Free to Shine’ to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission from mothers to babies.
Prince Harry then flies to Malawi for the next leg of his tour: his first official visit to the country.
Sunday, September 29th
Arriving in Lilongwe, he will visit Nalikule College of Education to see a with a network of young women who attend secondary school with the help of UKAid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education.
The project is supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust of which the Duke is President and the Duchess Vice-President.
Harry will them have an audience with the President Peter Mutharika.
In the evening, there will be a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to “highlight our common links and strengthen the meaningful, modern partnership between the UK and Malawi”.
Monday, September 30th
Flying into Liwonde National Park, the Duke will pay tribute at the memorial site for Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who died in May 2019 on a joint anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers.
Harry will then proceed to the Liwonde National Park Headquarters to receive a briefing on operations and witness an anti-poaching demonstration exercise.
Before departing, he will dedicate Liwonde National Park and the adjoining Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Tuesday, October 1st
In Malawi, Prince Harry will travel to Mauwa Health Centre, Pharmacy in a Box and Youth Reproductive Health Outreach programme where the UK and US have supported the introduction of solar-powered storage units to provide life-saving medicines.
He will tour Mauwa Health Centre before departing Malawi for South Africa.
The Duchess, meanwhile, will resume her public programme in Johannesburg .
At a roundtable meeting with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, she will discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing Higher Education.
She will then visit a school to learn about the work of a local charity, which receives UK Aid funding for its work to raise awareness of and tackle sexual violence in schools.
In the evening, the Duke and Duchess will be reunited in Johannesburg.
Wednesday, October 2nd
On their final day of tour, the Duke and Duchess will visit a township near Johannesburg where they will meet young people and entrepreneurs who are working to tackle the rising unemployment challenge in South Africa.
Later that day, they will meet with Mrs Graça Machel, widow of the late former President Mandela.
In the afternoon, Harry and Meghan will both appear at a reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s “important business and investment relationship”.
Their final engagement will see the Duke and Duchess attend an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe before flying back to London.