Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are heading to Africa! In October, the royal duo — who welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May — will travel to the continent to bring awareness to causes important to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. This will be Harry and Meghan's first family tour, as they plan on bringing Archie and his nanny along for the trip.
On June 27, the royal duo confirmed the tour on Instagram. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn," they wrote. "The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!"
They plan on visiting South Africa, while Harry will also Malawi, Angola, and Botswana. In Malawi, he will continue to expand the impact of his charity Sentebale, which provides relief and support for children who are victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In Angola he will learn more about the ongoing issues with landmines. This was a cause also near and dear to Diana's heart as she brought worldwide attention to the dangers of landmines after visiting Angola in 1997.
Last year, Harry made a handful of special trips to Africa. In June, he went to Pitseng, Lesotho, where he bonded with some of the children benefiting from Sentebale. Five months later, he visited Zambia to support and promote technological advancements and education for young girls. Earlier this year, he and Meghan also embarked on a fun-filled, informative tour of Morocco where they learned about the country's efforts to further education equality and use equine therapy to help with children's mental health.
So they're no strangers to the continent and will certainly help make a positive impact during the tour this year.