Images: Getty Images
Despite the royal couple Harry and Meghan being quite protective – and even secretive – about their latest bundle of joy’s first few weeks of life, they announced recently that they’re planning a trip to our very own SA shores later this year. The couple has always enjoyed travelling to Africa and we simply can’t wait for them to bring Archie to SA! See Archie’s adorable royal baby feet below…
View this post on Instagram
Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from “lands” by @nayyirah.waheed: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal
Royal travel plans
This week, Daily Mail reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plans to visit SA and have even begun making preparations for the trip. These kinds of royal outings take weeks to organise and include complicated security measures and strategies. Apparently, officials in SA have been informed of the royal visit so they have enough time to confirm logistics. We suspected a visit might be on the horizon after it was announced last month that the couple hoped to take a six-month secondment here in Africa. The ‘working sabbatical’ will see them spending time in Botswana, Malawi and SA and we’re assuming they’ll be focusing on charity work and the various African campaigns they support.
Though the announcement hasn’t been made on any royal platforms as yet, we’ve got fingers and toes crossed that they make their way to our wonderful shores as soon as possible! If their planned six-month trip to Africa comes to light, Business Insider South Africa claims it will make Archie Harrison the youngest royal baby to travel internationally and the first royal child ever to be raised outside of the UK.
Prince Harry in Africa
Over the years, Africa has come to hold a special place in both the Duke and Duchess’s hearts. Harry spent a great deal of time in Lesotho during his gap year in 2003. It prompted him to found the charity Sentebale three years later where they focus on helping vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi. Harry and Meghan visited Botswana together in 2017 and the Duke himself says it’s where he and his wife first fell in love.
Compiled by Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank