Prince Harry, Meghan arrive S.Africa on first tour since baby’s birth
London, Sep 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived south Africa to kick off their ten-day tour of southern Africa, starting in Cape Town.
The family were spotted disembarking from their flight, with Meghan wearing a cream wrap cardigan, white jeans and flats by Everlane, holding Archie in her arms. The royal tot looked adorable in a wooly hat and blanket – similar to a look his dad sported on a flight to Aberdeen in 1985. Harry looked smart in a grey blazer, white shirt and dark trousers.
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As the Sussexes arrived, Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa tweeted: “My thanks to higher authorities for laying on perfect weather to greet TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Cape Town this morning.”
At a briefing ahead of their tour, a royal spokeswoman said: “Their Royal Highnesses are very much looking forward to their arrival in Africa tomorrow on their first official tour as a family. As you well know, Africa holds a very special place in the Duke’s heart and he is looking forward to sharing South Africa with the duchess and their son. It is a really busy programme, four countries in ten days, and we have an extra special small passenger to make things more lively.”
The couple’s first stop on day one was the Nyanga township, where they viewed a workshop that teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes.
Harry and Meghan were greeted by huge cheers from the community who had gathered to meet them and the couple couldn’t resist discreetly showing off their moves to the music.
The Duchess wore a £69 black and white printed wrap dress by sustainable Malawian label Mayamiko, with her matching Castaner wedges for her first engagement, as she greeted children.
Meghan enveloped a child from the crowd with a big hug, as they met members from the community.
Meghan displayed her first show of diplomatic diplomacy, by opting for a Malawi-based fashion label.
Harry beamed as he crouched down to speak to one little boy, inbetween showing off his dance moves.
The Duke and Duchess looked enthralled by the performers as they both tapped their feet and danced subtly to the music.
And of course, the couple looked as loved-up as ever, as they held hands.
New mum Meghan showed off her maternal side, as she stroked one little boy’s head. While the couple were spotted landing with son Archie earlier in the day, he did not accompany them to their first engagement.
The couple travelled to the area, a few miles out of the city centre, to see first-hand the work of the Justice Desk, a human rights organisation, which is supporting the development of the settlement’s children.
The organisation is supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has Harry as its president and Meghan as vice-president.
Both Harry and Meghan wore beaded ‘Justice’ bracelets, while visiting the initiative.
A close-up of the Justice bracelets worn by Harry and Meghan, made by The Justice Desk.
Meghan and Harry were welcomed by Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk founder, and Theodora Luthuli, Justice Desk community leader.
At the end of the engagement, the Duke and Duchess both delivered remarks, thanking the community for showing them around and for the work that they do.
Harry said: “Touching on what your President said last week – no man is born to cause harm to women, this is learned behaviour, and a cycle that needs to be broken.
“So now, it’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in, so that you can make a positive change for the future.
“To me, the real testament of your strength isn’t physical, it’s what’s up here and what’s in here. Your strength is in your spirit, which for me means honouring and protecting my wife, and being a positive role model for my son.”
Meghan also quoted Maya Angelou: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
The Duchess stood on a tree stump to deliver a powerful speech, telling the audience in Nyanga: “May I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of The Royal Family, I want you to know that for me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.
“I am here with you and I am here FOR you and I thank you so much for showing my husband and I the spirit of Ubuntu and I look forward to our time over the next few days together.”
There was also time for one last dance before the couple headed to their next engagement.