The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have many anniversaries to toast over the years, from the birth of their first child to their wedding day and even their first date. And though it may be more meaningful to fans than the couple themselves, today marks one year since Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement – and they’re spending the day apart as the duke is overseas on a visit to Africa.
On Nov. 27, 2017, the parents-to-be stepped out at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden to announce their exciting engagement news. Much to the delight of royal watchers, the two looked positively smitten as they held hands, smiled and looked into each other’s eyes and towards their bright future together. Now that they’re a royal couple, their duties often take precedent over celebrating milestones – but that’s not to say that Meghan hasn’t been on her husband’s mind as he spends two days in Zambia.
One of the 34-year-old’s primary causes in the south-central African country is to meet with the organization CAMFED, which works to alleviate poverty and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa by providing education to girls and empowering young women. A cause that is so dear to his wife’s heart – who made a speech about female education while the couple was on tour in Fiji – it’s plain to see that the 37-year-old is there in spirit.
While stopping by Circus Zambia – a company that helps provide job opportunities to vulnerable youth by teaching them circus and life skills – Prince Harry had some sweet words to share and a message from his wife: “You have filled this place with song and your optimism is infectious — what a wonderful introduction to your work. I know my wife, Meghan, had a wonderful meeting with Angeline Murimirwa from your team this past spring, and sends her very best wishes to you all.”
"The purpose of The @QueensComTrust is to champion, fund and connect young people as a global movement for good, with youth of today leading the way. Thank you for carrying out this vision with such pride, impact and fearlessness in pursuit of what is right." — The Duke of Sussex pic.twitter.com/OFQPNLfeqB— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2018
His visit to the Burma Barracks to commemorate the Zambian veterans from the two world wars will also show the couple’s shared values. There, the dad-to-be will meet with those who lost loved ones during the wars, as well as tour the exhibit about an African soldier of the first world war. During their royal tour Down Under, Meghan supported her husband with a poignant speech at the Invictus Games’ closing ceremony, showing just how closely their passions align.
Though the 37-year-old duchess couldn’t be there by her husband’s side, she’s got plenty to do at home as she readies the couple’s new family home, Frogmore Cottage, and reportedly prepares to announce another charity project. Reports have been swirling that she’s also had a visit from mom Doria Ragland, but royal reporter Omid Scobie put the rumours to rest, confirming that Doria is actually in Los Angeles. Either way, Harry and Meghan are sure to have a sweet reunion when the duke heads home tonight.