Published On: Mon, Sep 23rd, 2019

Prince George v Archie first royal tour – what will Archie do?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are due to embark on their royal tour of Africa this month with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

At just five-months-old, Archie will be jetting off over 8,000 miles away from home with his parents.

The family will touch down on Monday, 23 September in South Africa.

Meghan is scheduled to host a number of events during her ten-day tour of South Africa, with many focused on empowering women, and promoting health and education for girls.

When Harry, 35, splits from his wife and son to visit other African countries, he will also be making one very significant visit to Huambo in Angola.

Harry will be making a visit to Huambo, Angola, to the same location where his mother was famously photographed all those years ago – although the setting has changed dramatically since Princess Diana’s visit.

What will Archie be doing?

According to sources, the couple are hoping to include their baby son as much as possible in the programme.

An insider told HELLO!: “The couple hope to include Archie at some point in the programme, but it’s difficult to schedule. He’s five months old. But they hope to.”

Another source told the publication the programme had been designed to allow the couple to be with Archie at bath time, bedtime and for other key times in his routine.

Archie’s first tour differs from his older cousin Prince George’s first royal engagement.

Back in April 2014, Kate Middleton and Prince William headed to New Zealand and Australia for a three-week tour.

This marked Prince George’s first royal engagement.

At eight-months-old, he was slightly older than baby Archie at the time.

Although he only appeared twice, the BBC described the “nine-month-old future king” as “the star of the show”.

According to BBC News, Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott predicted in Parliament House, Canberra, that George would one day be welcomed there as King of Australia.

It’s unclear how many official visits Archie will attend, but Meghan and Harry will undertake the first leg of the trip together before spending some time doing their own thing.

The tour comes after Meghan returned to work last week, as she launched a new high street clothing collection.

Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk that the Duchess, 38, looked “happy to be back at work” following her four month maternity leave.

She said: “Meghan’s styling and her non-verbal signals here suggest she’s keen to make a return to the public eye, emphasising her traits of tactile, natural and quite low-key friendliness blended with a casually-dressed, campaign-based work ethic.”


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