Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kept a relatively low profile since welcoming their son, Archie, in early May. They did a photo call with Archie shortly after his birth and appeared at the Trooping the Colour ceremony without him in June. Besides that, the trio have had few outings as a family. But they'll soon be making their grand return to the public eye. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on their Instagram page on Thursday, June 27, that they'll be completing a royal tour of southern Africa come fall. And they're bringing baby Archie along with them.
"TRH 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," the official @SussexRoyal Instagram post reads. "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 on route to the other countries."
It continues, "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!"
See the announcement for yourself, below:
Here's everything we know so far:
When it's happening: In a new Instagram Stories post, the royal couple shared that the tour will kick off on September 23.
Where it's happening: South Africa, Malawi, and Angola.
Who's coming: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In their Instagram story, the couple implied that Baby Archie would be there as well, saying that this trip will mark "their first official tour as a family." Reporter Rebecca English suggested on Twitter that perhaps the baby will stay in South Africa with Markle while Prince Harry goes on to Malawi and Angola.
Why this trip: According to People magazine, Prince Harry plans to work on his Sentebale charity, which works to support people affected by HIV/AIDS, while in Malawi.
How it was announced: The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, broke the news. "They are going to be coming back to visit us in South Africa this autumn," he said. "That's great news for us. I predict it's also good news for the South African economy, because I predict a hat and frock buying frenzy to rival even SONA [the country's State of the Nation Address, which took place last Thursday], which could well restore economic growth all on its own."
What Archie's presence means: According to royals commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, Archie will be the youngest baby to go on a royal tour if he jets off to South Africa with his parents. "William traveled first when he was nine months old, and George when he was eight [months old], so the precedents are there, not that a couple as independent as Harry and Meghan need precedents," Fitzwilliams told Insider.
What Africa means to Prince Harry and Markle: "Africa, Botswana in particular, has always been a very special place to Harry," royals expert Katie Nicholl also told Insider. "He calls it his spiritual home and it's where he and Meghan fell in love, so I think it's probably high up on the couple's wish list."
What the royal couple will be doing: On September 6, the duke and duchess announced more specifics related to their tour on the @SussexRoyal Instagram, their preferred method of communication with the public. They will be focusing on issues associated with Harry and Meghan: community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and the environment. Meghan will be working with local groups to "promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship, and leadership."
"From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring," the caption reads. There is also a nod to Harry's mom, Princess Diana: "The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines."
Parts of the trip will have Harry traveling solo, without Archie and Meghan, including a visit to Malawi to "check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities."
Originally Appeared on Glamour