Four-month-old Archie made his first public appearance in South Africa when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on September 27, 2019

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, who were roundly criticised for using four private jets in 11 days last month, have shown their environmental credentials on their 10-day trip to South Africa.

In truth it began before then when Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, launched a new sustainable travel initiative Travalyst in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, their four-month-old son Archie and nanny flew to South Africa on a commercial flight.

Archie made his first public appearance when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town.

Archie, affectionately called Bubba by his 38-year-old mum, wore short-sleeve blue and white-striped dungarees and bodysuit from H&M that retails for £14.99. H&M is liked by Meghan Markle who has previously worn a chic $35 cream-coloured maternity sweater dress.

A video from inside the private visit shows the royal couple laughing and chatting with the Archbishop and his daughter Thandeka. Archie let out a chuckle when Thandeka laughed, prompting Meghan to say, “Is that funny?” Thandeka noted that Archie already seemed to understand her, to which Harry said, “I think he knows exactly what’s going on.”

“You like me best, yes!” Thandeka said to Archie. “Oh, you like the ladies better, yeah.”

Meghan agreed: “He likes to flirt.”

South Africa: Desmond Tutu, Thandeka. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie

Tutu, the first black-skinned Bishop of Johannesburg, from 1985 to 1986, and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a basket of gifts including hand-made beaded bracelets, portable lap desks from the TuTu Desk Campaign, which provides desks to underprivileged children, and a number of children’s books: Desmond and the Very Mean Word, and Children’s Bible Stories, both written by the Archbishop; a songbook celebrating the work of Patricia Schonstein; and a copy of The Book of Joy signed both by the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama.

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Tutu also included a pair of framed photographs of Princess Diana meeting Nelson Mandela in 1997. One of them was for Prince Harry and the other for Prince William.

Meghan Markle wore a blue and white printed dress, from Club Monaco. She paired the look with a sleek bun, and pointed stilettos. Markle has been wearing clothes that she has been photographed in previously.

Meghan Markle holds Archie South Africa

When she visited Cape Town’s District Six she wore a bold blue Veronica Beard “Cary” dress she last wore during her royal visit to Tonga last October, when she was pregnant with Archie.

At Monwabisi Beach, Markle wore a Madewell jean jacket ($118) and J.Crew linen shirt ($79.50) she’s owned and loved since before she became part of the royal family, along with her Mother Denim “Looker” jeans ($196) and Brother Vellies huaraches ($225) she last sported at a polo game with Archie.

At a reception at the Residence of the British High Commissioner in Cape Town, Markle picked the same striped Martin Grant maxi dress she wore at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, in October 2018.

When visiting Cape Town nonprofit Mothers2Mothers, she wore a black Everlane jumpsuit ($120), which she wore while overseeing a shoot for the September issue of British Vogue she guest-edited.

Prince Harry flew alone to neighbouring Botswana where he hugged and warmly greeted Tlotlo Moilwa, a young woman with HIV, who lost both her mum and dad to AIDS when she was four years old before testing positive herself. Prince Harry had met Tlotlo three years earlier when she publicly revealed her diagnosis three years ago when Prince Harry was at his foundation Sentenable.

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Today, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex had a full and impactful day in Botswana. As Sentebale co-founding patron, HRH visited Kasane Health Post, Botswana, to show his support for young people affected by #HIV and the important work being done to eradicate the stigma and support the community at large. He also spent the afternoon working with @elephantswithoutborders to continue to support conservation efforts on the ground- (for more on that please see our previous post!) Both organisations are close to The Duke’s heart, having worked on conservation for many years and founding Sentebale over 13 years ago. As shared on the @sentebale account: In Kasane, 1 in 5 people aged between 15 and 49 live with HIV. The area, a transit point between four countries, is affected by a high HIV infection rate with transactional sex and unemployment driving risky behaviour. Sentebale expanded work in Botswana in 2016, over 47 clubs have been established around the country for young people coming to terms with living with #HIV, reaching over 1,250 adolescents monthly. In addition, the team has held 15 weeks of camp, attended by 1,115 campers. #RoyalVisitBostwana #SussexRoyalTour Photo©️PA

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“Fifteen years I’ve been coming here, it’s a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose,” Prince Harry, 35, said.

“I have some of my closest friends here and I came here in 1997 or 1998 straight after my mum died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all.

“But now I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa.”