It's set to be a whirlwind fall full of royal tours!
In addition to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s widely reported (but yet to be officially confirmed) tour of Angola, Malawi and South Africa, reports now say Prince William and Duchess Kate are heading to Asia this autumn. The Daily Mail reports the Palace will officially announce the latter jaunt in a few weeks.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly heading to the three sub-Saharan African countries later this year. The couple are also rumoured to be visiting Botswana, and will reportedly work to expand Harry’s Sentebale charity in Malawi.
It's not known whether royal newcomer Archie Harrison will be along for the ride. October seems the likeliest month for their trip, since Meghan’s maternity leave is expected to wrap up in September or the following month.
As for the Cambridges, the Mail reports they will visit Commonwealth countries throughout Asia, which “might include Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Singapore.” The trip could also include Sri Lanka, but will not include Brunei or China, according to the publication. It is not known whether Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will travel with their parents.
This would be Kate and William’s second time visiting Singapore and Malaysia. They last travelled to the southeast Asian countries in 2012. They also visited India together in 2016. On the latter jaunt, they made stops in Mumbai where they wowed with their cricket skills. They also visited the home where Mohandas Gandhi spent the last years of his life, and fed elephants at a national park.
Last week, Harry and Meghan cut ties with the Royal Foundation, and are set to form their own charitable organization over the next few months. William and Kate will continue to helm the Royal Foundation, which will be renamed to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
While the couples will continue to work together on initatives such as mental health campaign Heads Together, there are reports that Harry and Meghan’s charitable organization will make women and girls’s issues one of its main focuses.
Buckingham Palace said the Cambridges and Sussexes made the decision to “better align” their charitable activities.