Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are making their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa.
Empowering women is one of the issues Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will address on a 10-day, multi-country visit, along with wildlife protection, entrepreneurship, mental health and mine clearance — a topic given global attention by Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, when she walked through an active mine field during an Africa visit years ago.
The trip is expected to revolve around charities that matter deeply to Harry and include a nod to his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Sussexes will travel to South Africa, and Prince Harry will fulfil appearances solo in Malawi and Angola. He’ll also make a “short working visit” to Botswana while he’s in the region.
Harry and Meghan also will visit the oldest mosque in South Africa and meet with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A “rare privilege and honor,” Tutu and his wife, Leah, said Thursday.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
The royal family’s Africa visit ends on Oct. 2.