Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they will be stepping down from their roles as senior royals, the royal family has been pretty silent. Till Monday no one really had commented on the matter, but Prince William broke the silence and finally spoke about it at an event at Buckingham Palace.
The special evening at the palace was held for the Heads of State and Government, their spouses and partners, delegates, members of UK government, and the UK and African business figures to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
During the event, Prince William was asked about his younger brother during the lineup, with him reportedly replying with: “You saw him today?” to Filipe Nyusi, Mozambique’s President. Chatting to Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika, who also met Harry earlier today, he added: “I need to go there, I will be there soon.”
The Prince announced that he has every intention of visiting the African continent with his wife and three children, as well as other countries whose leaders were present at the event. While talking to Angola’s minister for economic and social development Manuel Nunes Junior, he said: “Please pass on my best wishes to President Lourenco, I’m very keen to come. What’s going on in Angola is very exciting. I look forward to seeing him.”
He also spared some time to apologize for the Queen’s absence in the speech, saying: “My grandmother is sorry not to be here this evening, but she has asked me to pass on her warmest wishes to you all. The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died. And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee. Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to spend time in many other parts of Africa. I’m also honoured to be the Patron of the Royal African Society. And as Catherine and I have said to several of you here tonight, we hope to have the chance to visit many more countries in the future and share our mutual love of your continent with our children.”