Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stayed close to home since the birth of their first child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, last month. But in the past, their travels have included a honeymoon in Canada and tours of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Now we know more about their itinerary for the autumn – and they're headed for South Africa.
The British High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel Casey, who is the government's most senior diplomat in the country, confirmed that's the case on Wednesday afternoon. He told assembled press that the royals would be visiting South Africa – and it was clearly difficult for him to hide his glee.
The royal couple's first child Archie was born in May 2019
"That's great news for us, I predict it's also great news for the South African economy, I predict a hat and frock buying frenzy that could well boost the economy all on its own," he joked. He then made a more earnest expression of enthusiasm, finishing by saying, "We're hugely looking forward to that."
Harry and Meghan are thought to be heading to Africa for two weeks in October – and they're taking baby Archie along. They will stop in Malawi, to check in with Harry's charity Sentebale, as well as Angola, to learn more about landmine-clearing efforts, a cause Harry's mum Diana, the Princess of Wales was passionate about.
Harry and Meghan got engaged in late 2017 and married in May 2018
The couple have a special relationship with the continent, having shared a romantic and private camping holiday in Botswana before getting engaged – which is why Harry sourced the central stone for Meghan's engagement ring from that part of the world.
They married in a sensational ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018, attended by stars from all walks of life, including Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney. Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, was born on 6 May 2019.
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