Safe in mummy’s arms: Meghan Markle clutches baby Archie to her chest as she prepares to fly off to Johannesburg for next leg of royal tour (while daddy Harry jets off on his own to Malawi)
- Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie were seen before their scheduled British Airways flight to Johannesburg
- Mother and son looked relaxed as prepared to leave Cape Town, with little Archie being covered by blanket
- Earlier today Prince Harry, 35, left Angola for Malawi where he will visit young women at a college tomorrow
- Meghan, 38, does not have official engagements until Tuesday when she will meet academics and students
The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie have left Cape Town and headed to the next stop on their 10-day royal tour, while Prince Harry has jetted off to Malawi.
Meghan, 38, and her four-month old son were seen at the International Airport before their scheduled British Airways flight to Johannesburg.
Prince Harry, 35, left Angola today for the third stop during the solo section of the royal tour, where tomorrow he will visit young women at a college and meet Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika.
Today’s flight with Archie also comes a day after Meghan made a private visit to a memorial for South African student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana, 19, who was raped & murdered on August 24.
The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie, pictured together at Cape Town International Airport today before their scheduled British Airways flight, have travelled to Johannesburg for the next part of the 10-day royal tour
Prince Harry, pictured arriving at Luanda airport before his departure from Angola on Saturday, is set to travel to Malawi, the next stop on his 10-day tour of Africa and the final destination before rejoining his wife and son in South Africa
The mother and son looked relaxed as they prepared for the short flight earlier today, with Meghan wearing black jeans, a white shirt and a pair of flat pumps.
Baby Archie was cradled carefully, with a blanket placed over him, and appeared to be wearing a grey jumper and matching socks paired with navy trousers.
New mother Meghan wore her hair tied back as she travelled with her son, who was last seen meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Despite being seen on the airport airbridge today, there are no official engagements planned for the Duchess in Johannesburg until Tuesday.
On Tuesday she is set to attend a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg.
Meghan will meet academics and students to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing Higher Education.
Meghan (pictured) tied an orange ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office, where University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was killed on Saturday, August 24. The Duchess shared this image on Instagram on Friday
Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana, 19, was bludgeoned to death with a post office scale in Claremont, it is claimed, after she was allegedly lured inside by an employee
The Duchess will then learn about the work of a charity, which receives UK Aid for its work to tackle sexual violence in schools, reports the Telegraph.
In the evening Meghan and Prince Harry will be reunited, after he flies back from Malawi to join his wife and son.
On the final day of the tour the royal pair will be seen together for a visit to a township near Johannesburg to meet with inspiring local youth.
The royal offered condolence to Miss Mrwetyana’s mother during the two-day visit to show ‘solidarity’ against gender based violence, a social media post has revealed
They will also meet with Grace Machel, the widow of President Nelson Mandela and will also meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe. After this, the Sussexes are expected to depart for London.
Today’s flight with Archie comes a day after Meghan made a private visit to a memorial for South African student Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana, 19, who was raped & murdered on August 24.
The Duchess of Sussex posted an image on Instagram showing her tying a ribbon to railings at the post office where the student was killed, in an effort to ‘recognise’ the victims of gender based violence.
Meghan tied a yellow ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office and offered condolence to Miss Mrwetyana’s mother to show ‘solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide’.
‘Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess,’ the Instagram post read.
The crime sparked outrage and once more highlighted the issue of high rates of violence against women in the country.
The social media post also revealed that the Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa.
After starting the royal tour together in Cape Town, Prince Harry left his wife and son to visit Botswana, Angola and Malawi. He will then rejoin his family in Johannesburg for the final few days of the trip before they all fly back to London
Archie was last seen on Wednesday during tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. During the meeting Meghan said her son would have to get used the cameras in his life
Cheeky little Archie melted hearts as he giggled throughout the meeting on Tuesday, in his striped dungarees and socks
Although Meghan has been making private appearances, her husband Prince Harry has been seen at several official engagements since leaving his wife in Cape Town in both Botswana and Angola.
The Duke today met with the President of Angola and learned about pioneering work on the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their babies which is championed by Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenco.
Uniformed military saluted the Duke of Sussex as he arrived for an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola, on sixth day of his royal tour of Africa.
Harry later visited a hospital to see the HIV project spearheaded by First Lady Lourenco, who he also met yesterday evening during a reception at the British ambassador’s residence.
Posting on Instagram account SussexRoyal, the Prince said the trip to Angola had been very important to him and he thanked the president for ‘incredibly warm welcome.’
Meghan spoke with female tech founders at the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town on Wednesday. She has campaigned vigorously for the empowerment of young women and girls and revealed she hopes to do the same for young men
The Duchess looked elegant in an Everlane jumpsuit for the engagement and told the inspiring female entrepreneurs that she is determined to ‘fulfil her heart’s desires’ despite being a member of the Royal Family
Also on Wednesday, Meghan coaxed parents and children to the floor to play with toys Archie would love during a visit to charity mothers2mothers
The Duke, accompanied by Angola’s Minister of State for Social Action Carolina Cerqueira at Luanda airport on Saturday before his departure, changed for the flight to Malawi opting for a comfortable pair of blue trousers and a polo shirt
He wrote: ‘The trip has been very important to The Duke, allowing him to see the impact his mother has had, and also highlight issues that are so important to him, especially continuing her work to rid the world of land mines.’
The Prince spent his time in Angola yesterday visiting the place where his late mother Princess Diana launched an anti-landmine campaign, her last major crusade before her untimely death.
He retraced her footsteps, donning the same protective body armour and visor she did 22 years earlier to detonate a device in a partially-cleared field in Dirico, in the south east of the country.
Harry walked into an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government forces who had mined the position in 2000, during the decades-long civil war that tore the country apart.
It is reported that the Prince also met with President Lourenço to discuss continuing the campaign to remove landmines from the country.
Speaking afterwards the prince said: ‘Landmines are an unhealed scar of war. By clearing the landmines we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.’
Uniformed military saluted the Duke of Sussex as he arrived for an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola on Saturday – the sixth day of his royal tour of Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie
The Duke of Sussex, pictured left on Saturday during a meeting with First Lady Ana Dias Lourenco, second right, learned about the project before heading to Luanda airport to fly to the next stop on the royal tour, Malawi
During his time in Angola on Friday, Prince Harry visited the same minefield where his mother walked through in January, 1997. The Princess of Wales, right, had visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines
He and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, also posted a message on their official Instagram page in which they honoured his mother’s work which ‘helped change the course of history’.
They added: ‘The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular.’
In Botswana on Thursday Harry hugged a young woman with HIV as he spoke about escaping to Botswana in the wake of his mother’s death.
In a touching reunion, Harry embraced 20-year-old Tlotlo Moilwa, who lost her mother and father to AIDS when she was four-years-old before testing positive for HIV herself.
The pair met in London two years ago and the Duke clearly recognised Tlotlo as he threw his arms around her.
Earlier in the day, the Prince also gave an impassioned speech backing teenage activist Greta Thunberg as he declared the world was in a state of ’emergency’ and ‘losing’ the battle against climate change.
He had arrived by the banks of Botswana’s Chobe River in the north of the country to take part in a tree-planting project – straining with dozens of people to get a huge sapling into the ground.
The Duke then stressed saving the environment was a race against time, adding: ‘Led by Greta, the world’s children are striking.’
Prince Harry hugged Tlotlo Moilwa, who lost her mother and father to AIDS when she was four-years-old and is HIV positive, during a visit to the Kasane Health Post, run by the Sentebale charity, in Botswana on Thursday
The Duke of Sussex helped schoolchildren plant trees at the Chobe Tree Reserve in Botswana, on day four of the tour of Africa
Harry also spoke about how Bostwana offered him a place to escape to following the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said: ‘Fifteen years I’ve been coming here, it’s a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose … I have some of my closest friends here over the years.
‘I came here in 1997 or 1998 straight after my mum died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all. I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa.’
Tomorrow the 10-day official tour will continue in Malawi, with Prince Harry expected to arrive in the capital Lilongwe during the morning and during his first day there will visit Nalikule College of Education.
He will interact with young women who are supported to attend and complete secondary school with the help of UKAid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education.
After this stop he will meet President Peter Mutharika and in the evening attend a Reception hosted by the British High Commissioner.
On Monday among the Duke’s engagements will be a visit to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 while on an anti-poaching patrol.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour schedule
Day One – 23 September
The tour began in a township in Cape Town, South Africa where Prince Harry and Meghan joined children at a workshop that teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes.
The couple also toured District Six Museum to learn about the work done to reunite people affected by the apartheid.
Day Two – 24 September
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to Monwabisi Beach nearby to learn about Waves for Change’s therapy programme for those who have been affected by violence.
Prince Harry then joined the City of Cape Town Marine Unit to learn about the work done to combat illegal poaching.
In the afternoon, Meghan and Harry visited the oldest mosque in the country and finally attend a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Resident.
Day Three – 25 September
The Sussexes accompanied by baby Archie met the anti-Apartheid Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation.
From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme split – The Duke will travel to Botswana while The Duchess remains in South Africa.
Meghan then remained in South Africa, visiting the Woodstock Exchange that encourages female entrepreneurs.
Day Four – 26 September
The Duke made a working visit to Botswana, first travelling to Chobe Forest Tree Reserve to join schoolchildren to plant trees and raise awareness of the fragility of these vital ecosystems.
Prince Harry then spent the evening of 26th September at a new HALO Trust demining camp.
Meghan Markle took part in a Women in Public Service breakfast at the High Commission in Cape Town.
Day Five – 27 September
The Duke remotely detonated a mine in a field outside Dirico. He saw aspects of the legacy that his mother Princess Diana started in raising awareness for the threat of landmines.
He later met members of the local community and victims of landmines. His Royal Highness will give remarks about the importance of continuing de-mining.
Day Six – 28 September
The Duke has attended an Audience with Angolan President Lourenço at the Presidential Palace.
He then visited the Maternity Hospital Lucrécia Paim to see the work of a project spearheaded by First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço ‘Born Free to Shine’ which focuses on preventing HIV/AIDS transmission from mothers to babies.
Meghan, meanwhile, visited a memorial to a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country’s high rate of sexual violence.
Day Seven – 29 September
The Duke is set to arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi in the morning. He will later visit Nalikule College of Education and interact with a network of young women who are supported to attend and complete secondary school with the help of UKAid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education.
The Duke will then attend an Audience with the President Peter Mutharika, and in the evening attend a Reception hosted by the British High Commissioner.
Day Eight – 30 September
Prince Harry will fly in to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 while on an anti-poaching patrol.
His Royal Highness will witness an anti-poaching demonstration exercise conducted jointly by local rangers and UK military deployed on Operation CORDED. To conclude,
Meghan will dedicate Liwonde National Park and the adjoining Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project to protect parkland from deforestation and other similar activities.
Day Nine – 1 October
On the last day of his solo leg of the tour, the Duke will visit the Mauwa Heath Centre before heading back to South Africa.
The Duchess of Sussex will attend a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg. She will also meet academics and students to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing Higher Education.
Day Ten – 2 October
Have joined back up the previous evening, the Duke and Duchess will visit a township near Johannesburg to meet with inspiring local youth.
They will also meet with Grace Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela. To close the tour, the royals will attend an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe. They are expected to depart for London that evening.
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