Royal watchers were thrilled when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan brought their son Archie Harrison to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their royal tour of South Africa last month. Photos of the little boy smiling and reaching toward Desmond and his daughter Thandeka captured fans’ hearts as they got their first glimpse of the now-five-month-old little boy on tour.
Now, his dad has revealed just how much Archie loved their trip! In ITV’s new documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey , the Duke of Sussex told Tom Bradby that his son was as thrilled as he and Meghan were to be out on the road.
“He clearly loves Africa as well because he’s been happy looking out the window,” he said. “He found his voice here. He was bouncing up and down and making more noise than he’s ever made before.”
The Duchess of Sussex said she was very happy to have given her son such a special and important experience in meeting Desmond, who was one of South Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid leaders and who helped run its Truth & Reconciliation Commission during the transition to democracy.
“I think Archie will look back on that in so many years and that right from the beginning of his life, he was fortunate enough to have this moment with one of the best and most impactful leaders of our time,” she said. “So, it’s really special.”
Meghan also told Tom that she was happy to have brought her son to South Africa. The tour was structured around Archie’s feeding times, and saw Meghan prioritizing her son while balancing other royal duties and speaking out for the rights of women and girls at several points during her trip.
“I mean, it’s incredible,” she said of being in South Africa. “It’s rich in history, but also just the optimism, the hope that you feel. I mean, it’s just so key because there’s still so much to overcome and at the same time to actively push towards it. I think it’s a really inspiring place to be able to be and the first place for us as a family on a trip like this to bring our baby.”
Meghan also shared that it has been quite a struggle dealing with media pressure since she and Harry married in 2018. She teared up when asked a question about how difficult things have been since and about how she's doing. s
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey aired on ITV in the UK on Oct. 20, and viewers on this side of the Atlantic can watch it on Oct. 23 at 10 pm EDT on ABC.