Prince Harry Is Traveling to Africa to Follow in Princess Diana's Footsteps
It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to Africa.
Just a few short weeks after welcoming their child, Archie, the royal couple is already planning their first official royal family trip to visit several countries in Africa.
Meghan and Harry will travel to Angola, Malawi, and South Africa at some point later this year, according to a report in ITV. The couple reportedly chose the countries as a way to continue the legacy of charitable work first started by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
"[Harry's] trip to Africa comes at a time in his life where he has become a parent himself,” a source told The Mirror. “This is all about wanting to fulfill his mother’s legacy and showing his wife and baby son the places that have had the most positive effect on him in his life."
People reported that, while in Malawi, Harry and Meghan plan to expand the reach of Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity, an organization he co-founded in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. The organization works to support young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana, and Malawi.
Following that visit, the pair will move on to Angola, where Princess Diana also visited as part of her charitable work. On her visit, Diana was famously photographed walking through an active landmine area while wearing just a protective visor. And, according to The Mirror, Prince Harry plans to do the same.
Next week, on June 17, Harry is expected to participate in a conference sponsored by the HALO Trust on landmine clearance at the Chatham House in London. And, as the palace itself stated, it’s an important issue as “the presence of land mines and remnants of the civil war render large areas of the country unsafe.”
No word yet on when the couple plans to depart for Africa, or if Archie will tag along, but don’t worry, as surely there will be plenty of royal announcements about the trip soon.