Meghan, Prince Harry and their firstborn son will be going on a royal tour of Africa this fall, but it seems that the Duchess and her baby will miss the second part of the tour.
This fall we will see the Sussex family go on their first royal tour to Africa. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with baby Archie will visit South Africa this fall, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During the trip we should expect to see the couple go to lots of official engagement, lots of fancy evening events and some fun days out, especially for baby Archie. But that will only be the first part of the tour, as Prince Harry will continue solo to the second part, with Meghan and Archie returning home. The Prince will continue to visit Angola, Malawi and Botswana, without Meghan or Archie.
Buckingham Palace is yet to explain the reason why the Duchess and her son won’t do the full trip, but there are several factors to consider that affected the decision. One of the more obvious, is the high risk of malaria that the areas have that Prince Harry will visit on his own. Most places in South Africa are totally safe from the horrible disease, but there is still a higher risk in some of the nearby countries.
The risk increases in Angola and Malawi, with the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers stating: “Risk is present throughout the country, including urban areas, risk present at all altitudes.”
The next reason why Meghan and Archie will cut their royal trip short is due to the size of the tour, as it involves lots of travelling that can be too much for the baby.
Royal trips have always been busy things, with the last time the couple went on one to Australia, it was packed with a huge number of events with lots of traveling from place to place and lots of internal flights.
The little royal will only be four or five months old when they will go on the trip, and will become the youngest royal to go on royal tour, being younger than both Prince William or Prince George when they went on their first official overseas trips. Prince George was only eight-months-old when Kate and William took him to Australia and New Zealand.
His dad was only nine months when Diana broke royal tradition and refused to leave him at home, becoming one of the first royals to take their kid on Tour with them. At the time Meghan will still technically be on maternity leave, as she was planned to be out for around six months.
The Sussexes gave an update on the tour via their Instagram page this evening.
The message read: “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 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.
“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!”