The Duke and Duchess of Sussex weren’t the only ones who received a royal welcome when arriving in South Africa on Sept. 23.
Four-month-old Archie Harrison didn’t attend the day’s events with his mother and father, but he still received several touching gifts from his adoring fans at an event hosted by The Justice Desk, an organization that teaches children about their rights and self-awareness and safety.
The adorable items included a framed inscription of Archie’s traditional Xhosa name (Ntsika, meaning “pillar of strength”) and a pint-sized black and white rugby sweater emblazoned with the words “Be A Voice For Justice.” The shirts are sold by The Justice Desk online and retail for $35.
A touching gift from @JessDewhurstSA on behalf of @TheJusticeDesk, a framed inscription of a traditional Xhosa name they have given to Archie, Ntsika, which means pillar of strength: #sussexroyaltourpic.twitter.com/YShI3WqkmI
— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 23, 2019
“When your beautiful boy was born, you gave him the name Archie,” said Jessica Dewhurst, who works with The Justice Desk, as she presented the couple with the gif. “The name Archie means ‘bravery and strength.’ So to welcome Archie home, your family at The Justice Desk has given him the traditional South African name Ntsika. This name of Xhosa African origin means ‘pillar of strength.’ May you always be a pillar of strength for those who need you.”
Although officials have not yet confirmed whether Archie will be seen in public during the visit, royal watchers are hoping to catch a glimpse of the little boy. It’s also been suggested Meghan plans to donate some of his used gifts and clothing to other babies being supported by the mothers2mothers project, which trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations.
“The Duke and Duchess were inundated with gifts for baby Archie from organizations and the general public,” a source told HELLO! UK. “They were incredibly grateful but one little baby can only wear so many clothes and he’s growing fast! So the Duchess decided to being a number of his presents to re-gift them to South African children and families most in need.”
Harry and Meghan are visiting southern Africa for 10 days. They’ll spend three days in Cape Town before Harry leaves for separate solo trips to Botswana, Angola and Malawi before returning to South Africa to reunite with Meghan and Archie in Johannesburg. The tour wraps Oct. 2.