Kate Middleton and William 'broke protocol' on tour says expert
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 2018 South Africa tour has been compared to Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 Australia visit. Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussed how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had “followed in the footsteps” of Harry’s parents. They noted specifically the decision to bring their son, Archie Harrison along.
Ms Fiorito told listeners: “Australia tours strike a chord in terms of royal history.
“We have Diana and Charles and their Australia tour from 1983.
“We have Meghan and Harry mentioning their 2018 one in their Oprah interview.
“In that conversation, Harry commented on how the family got to see how incredible Meghan was at the job.”
She continued: “And we know from Andrew Morton that when Diana and Charles went, the crowds complained when Charles went over to their side of the street during walkabouts.
“So, in general, it just feels like there’s a lot of attention on and after these Australia tours.
“It’s always one of the biggest ones that they take. Diana and Charles brought William on theirs.
“In general, bringing a baby adds another variable so I think that’s why royal watchers are so drawn to it.”
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Ms Bowie agreed: “There’s no way to predict what will play out.
“Harry and Meghan did the same thing bringing Archie to South Africa when he was only four months old.
“So they really followed in the footsteps of their parents.”
The hosts also discussed Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Australia in 2014.
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Ms Bowie told listeners: “It was their first royal tour with Prince George. He was just a baby – only eight months old.
“All in all, for the Cambridges, their tour went off without a hitch.
“Prince George was so little, but following Princess Diana, William and Kate chose to break protocol and bring him along.
“I always think of his interaction with the bilby at Taronga Zoo.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued the tradition of bringing their children on tour in 2016 as well, when they had both Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompany them on a tour of Canada.
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