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Baby Archie makes royal tour debut with Harry and Meghan in South Africa


By Jennifer McShane
25th Sep 2019
Baby Archie makes royal tour debut with Harry and Meghan in South Africa

The cuteness overload from Meghan, Harry, and Archie as the family continues their royal tour of Africa is real. Earlier on Wednesday, the family-of-three met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared video footage from the get-together, and it’s full of adorable moments with their baby.

Archie and the clearly proud mum and dad visited the Tutu Legacy Foundation at The Old Granary in Cape Town where the four-month-old was on happily engaged and distracted by his surroundings. Quite a few photographs have been posted from the trip but the couple has also released a small video of their day.

 

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The montage shows the duke and duchess smiling as they enter with Archie to meet Archbishop Tutu and the little royal bouncing around on the couch during their sit-down meeting. We also see Meghan holding the four-month-old up above her head, dancing with him, and bouncing with him in her arms as “Oh Happy Day” plays in the background.

Today marked Archie’s first appearance on Meghan and Harry’s royal tour of southern Africa, and he doesn’t appear camera shy in the slightest.

 

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“I think he’s used to it already,” Harry told Archbishop Tutu’s daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, of his son’s handling the media attention. “He’s an old soul,” Meghan added.

The family will remain in Africa for the next 10 days as they continue their tour around the continent. Harry will also make solo trips to Malawi, Angola and Botswana during their stay.

Earlier in the week, during their heir visit to Nyanga township in Cape Town, the duchess gave a speech, as she explained, “the rights of women and girls is something that is very close to my heart.”

 

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Nyanga was the first stop of Meghan and Harry’s tour. The royal couple were visiting the Justice Desk –  a human rights organisation supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – of which Harry is president and Meghan is vice president.

The organisation teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment to young women. Nyanga, a districted located just outside of Cape Town, is rife with sexual violence and violence, which the organisation tries to aid.

 

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“While I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour, and as your sister. I am here with you and I am here FOR you,” she continued.

Prince Harry has long loved Africa, having made frequent visits to the continent back in 2004.

Two years later, he established Sentebale – a children’s charity designed to help support the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable children affected by HIV.

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