Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embarked on a royal tour of Africa which lasted over a week and came to an end earlier this month. Royal author, Angela Levin, who has recently added new chapters to her book, ‘Harry: A Biography of a Prince’, explained the two crucial reasons the Duke of Sussex wanted to travel to the region. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Levin explained how Prince Harry not only wanted to introduce his newborn son to Africa but also show his wife, Meghan, more of the area.
Ms Levin told Express.co.uk: “I think it is very significant. He said a few weeks before that he went away that he couldn’t wait to show Meghan more aspects of Africa.
“They went after their second date and they stayed in Botswana, she stayed with him, sleeping under the stars. And they went back again the following year for three weeks.
“I think he wanted to show here more broadly what Africa was like, and he wanted to introduce baby Archie to Africa, which is incredibly sweet.”
She added: “I think he does love Africa. He absolutely loves Africa.
“He told me he loves the land, he loves the people, he loves the wildlife.
“He feels at home here, and I think he is out of the goldfish bowl, the press there is nowhere near as sharp as it is here. He feels very very comfortable.”
Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal tour came to an end at the start of this month.
During their visit, they visited South Africa, Angola, Malawi, and Botswana, but not all together.
I think he wanted to show here more broadly what Africa was like, and he wanted to introduce baby Archie to Africa
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex briefly split while Harry went further north to visit Angola and Malawi, and Meghan stayed in South Africa.
Prince Harry signed off the Duke and Duchess’ stay with a final speech in which he outlined his personal resonance with the continent.
The Duke of Sussex went on to reminisce about a visit to Africa in the months following the tragic death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said: “Ever since I came to this country as a young boy, trying to cope with something I could never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget and feel incredibly fortunate for that.
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“Every time I come here I know that I’m not alone. I always feel wherever I am on this continent that the community around me provides a life that is enriching and is rooted in the simplest things – connection, connection with others and the natural environment.”
Prince Harry also said he wanted to teach his baby son Archie the lessons he had learned from Africa, including those about “community and friendship”.
During the 10-day tour, Prince Harry followed in the steps of his mother, Diana, with work on clearing land mines and HIV awareness.
The royal couple was an official residence arranged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and ran from September 23 until October 2.
On their trip, the pair also met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel, widow of the late President Mandela, President Lourenço of Angola, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi, and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
The next royal tour will take place next week, undertaken by Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
On October 14, the couple will jet off to Pakistan, where they will take part in as of yet unspecified duties.
They will remain in the country for four days, leaving on October 18.
Pakistani officials have welcomed the upcoming visit, saying it will “strengthen” the country’s bond with the UK.
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