Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in Africa for their first royal engagement as both a married couple and new parents. In an adorable photo op, they showed off their almost 5-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor to one of the prince’s oldest friends, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
People Magazine reported that Archie completed his first royal engagement by meeting the legendary anti-Apartheid campaigner and his daughter Thandeka.
The couple met Archbishop Tutu at the archbishop’s foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, which according to People Magazine, contributes to the development of youth and leadership and works to facilitate discussions about social justice.
The entertainment news publication reported that the couple and their son enjoyed their time with the archbishop. Prince Harry reportedly revealed that his son is growing up so fast, claiming that the baby “constantly wants to stand” to which Markle replied, “he is an old soul.”
People also reported that the prince originally met the archbishop in 2015 during a tour of South Africa, when as a working royal, Harry recognized Tutu’s work for U.K. communities and international peace.
The Inquisitr previously reported that although fans of the couple were treated to a cute photo op of Archie, his parents, and the archbishop, the baby will likely not be out and about every day of the couple’s tour of the country. Katie Nicholl, a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, revealed that Archie would not miss any important moments, such as the meeting with the archbishop, but will likely be kept out of the spotlight for the most part during his first royal tour.
“Archie is the youngest royal to make such a long-distance journey, he is only five months old,” Nicholl stated. “We are told the couple is hoping to involve him in the schedule at some point, but don’t expect to see too much of him on this tour. We are hoping to see Archie later on in the program. The couple is hoping that he will be present for some of the engagements.”
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Arch meets Archie! This morning The Duke and Duchess were honoured to introduce their son Archie, to Archbishop, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. The Archbishop, a globally respected figure in anti-apartheid movement, is one of the world’s great champions of equality, and has spent his life tirelessly battling injustice. Their Royal Highnesses have joined The Archbishop and Thandeka to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation, and see first-hand how they are focussing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Reuters
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed on Instagram they were heading to Africa in early September, revealing their itinerary for the trip. It was there that the couple first confirmed their meeting with Archbishop Tutu and participating in an event called “Waves for Change,” where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the organization for some inspirational words and a little dance.
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Day two of #SussexRoyalTour is underway, and The Duke and Duchess have joined young South Africans and @WavesForChange to focus on mental health and take part in ‘surf therapy’. • Hundreds of young people from Cape Town’s townships meet every week at Monwabisi beach to surf, but also share stories with mentors and talk through the daily challenges they face. Their Royal Highnesses were able to hear how the sessions are building trust, confidence, and belonging, and they also got to join in as children took part in ‘power hand’, which teaches them how to keep calm down reflect on strengths. While on the beach The Duke and Duchess met @TheLunchBoxFund – which was one of the charities they nominated to benefit from donations following the birth of their son, Archie. Almost 30,000 meals are provided by the charity every day across South Africa, including for three @WavesForChange projects. And before they left The Duke and Duchess joined the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) – which was teaching the surfers about the impact of plastic waste on the ocean. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos EMPICS / PA images / SussexRoyal
The social media site also revealed that in the next few days, Prince Harry will join the Halo Trust, an organization that continues its work to rid the world of land mines. This was a cause championed by his mother, the late Princess Diana, in the year prior to her death.
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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images
Also on the couple’s itinerary is for the prince to travel to Malawi to meet with members of the British army. Harry will also deliver a new initiative which he personally worked on, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, where he consulted with governments in Namibia, Botswana, and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta.
As for Markle, she will continue her work championing women’s causes while she is visiting Africa, including local organizations that promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
The royal couple will continue their official engagements throughout the next week before returning to their home at Frogmore Cottage in England. This series of events marks the official end of Markle’s maternity leave, although it is uncertain just how many royal engagements she will take on now that she is a new mother.