Pack your bags, Archie Harrison! The latest royal baby may only be just over two weeks old, but it seems he’ll soon need his passport at the ready. Reports say Prince Harry and Meghan may have some official travel plans with their baby boy coming up, to one of their mutually favourite parts of the world: Africa.
“Officials in South Africa have been told to expect a visit by Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie later this year,” a source told the Daily Mail while the new dad was in Italy supporting his charitable organization Sentebale.
News of the potential trip first surfaced a month prior when The Sunday Times reported Archie was set to be youngest royal ever to go on tour! Royal reporter Roya Nikkhah revealed “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are already planning their first overseas trip with their child: an official tour of Africa in the autumn.”
By that time, Archie will be around four or five months old. It’s clear his loving parents want to make a worldly kid out of him! That’s no surprise either, given Prince Harry’s strong connection to the continent that is partly thanks to his mom, Princess Diana.
Harry went on his first trip to Botswana in 1997 and went on to found Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho after a gap year he spent in the southeastern African country in 2006. The organization helps support children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Of course, Diana spent a lot of time in Africa, too. Before her tragic death in 1997, she took part in The HALO Trust’s mine clearing work on the other side of the continent in Angola. Harry has continued to work with The HALO Trust and call for a landmine-free world by 2025.
“For Meghan, it's just as important for Archie to learn about her family history as it is for him to learn about his royal ancestors, so she plans to go on a trip to L.A. with him once she's comfortable taking him on a plane,” a source recently told Us Weekly.