- Harry & Meghan Schedule Events For The Royal Tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry & Meghan Markle received a rousing welcome as they arrived in a township of Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town. This is their first stop of their 10-day tour of Africa.
Harry & Meghan plus baby Archie kicked off the Royal Tour on Monday with a stop at Nyanga. “The couple hopes to be able to include Archie at some point in the program, but it is difficult to schedule because he is 5 months old,” a royal source says.
Although the royal baby will be in tow, it’s likely we won’t see him during the Malawi and Angola legs of the trip, since Harry is expected to do those parts alone.
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Tour
The Sussexes will travel to South Africa, and Prince Harry will fulfill appearances solo in Malawi and Angola. He’ll also make a “short working visit” to Botswana while he’s in the region, according to a statement from the royal couple.
The Sussexes’ South Africa trip is on behalf of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Buckingham Palace.
Harry & Meghan visit will “not only will this visit serve as an opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to highlight many of the causes they have been involved with for many years, it will demonstrate a modern UK-Africa partnership in action,”
“The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of 13, since then harry has visited the continent several times for service work, but he first brought Meghan there just weeks after their first date. “It was three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other under the stars,” Harry said in their engagement interview. “She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
The duo reportedly returned to Botswana for a trip in August 2017. Considering the importance of the location to them, Harry proposed to Meghan with an engagement ring that featured a center diamond from the African country.
The tour also marks Meghan’s first visit to South Africa. During their first stop, the Duchess of Sussex proudly spoke about her many roles — including her Black heritage.
“On one personal note, may I just say that 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 as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,”
‘You have welcomed us into this community, have been open and honest with us, both about the dangers women and children face, and about how you are addressing them,
‘The rights of women and girls is something that is very close to my heart, and the cause I have spent the majority of my life advocating for because I know that when women are empowered, the entire community flourishes.
‘So to be able to meet all of you today who are standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity, I applaud you.
‘We are encouraged to hear your President take the next steps to work towards preventing gender-based violence through education and necessary changes to reinforce the values of modern South Africa.
‘I do have to say I feel incredibly humbled to be in the presence of all of you as you stand firm in your core values of respect, dignity and equality.
I read a quote a few weeks ago and it resonated with me as I’ve been watching what’s been happening here and your active efforts. Maya Angelou, the legendary poet and civil rights activist, once said: ‘Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.’
Now I know it’s not easy and I know it must feel insurmountable at times, but your commitment to what is right gives all of us hope, especially your brothers and sisters here in your community who need you to continue to shine your light brightly.
‘Your commitment is inspiring, it is energising and it is extraordinary. You must keep going, you must know that what you’re doing not only matters, it is vital because YOU are vital.’ she said to cheers from the crowd.
Duchess Meghan is slated to meet with female leaders and academics as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Throughout their trip, the duke and duchess will raise awareness of the positive partnerships with the U.K. ahead of the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit next year, according to a press release. They’ll visit projects working to encourage youth employment, education, health, and more.
“Through her Patronages, The Duchess will be working with organizations to promote women’s education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership,” Cohen continued. “The Duchess of Sussex is particularly looking forward to the opportunity to learn from inspirational women in the region.”
Harry & Meghan Schedule Events For The Royal Tour
- Highlight wildlife conservation efforts as President of African Parks and Patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana
- Visit the MOD-African Parks ranger training in Malawi
- Introduce a new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative between Namibia, Botswana, and Angola to protect the Okavango Delta
- Discuss socio-economic and environmental challenges with young leaders as President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust
- Meet with young people as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador
- Meet with African partners with the U.K. working on conservation issues in Botswana and Malawi
- Meet a British military unit in Malawi helping local rangers and pay tribute to late guardsman Matthew Talbot, who died during counter-poaching operations this year
- Honor his mother Princess Diana’s work with raising awareness about landmines in Angola