Meghan and Harry flew commercial to South Africa with their baby son Archie on a commercial flight, a royal source told reporters. The family’s decision to fly commercial came after they were criticized for using private jets to fly to the south of France and Ibiza for two trips during the summer.
By CNN and Zimbabwe Digital News
Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie arrived in Cape Town for first leg of their Africa tour this week. This is the British Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first official tour as a family. The 10-day trip will take in four countries: South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
Meghan and Archie will visit South Africa while Harry travels further afield. Royal engagements on the first day of the trip included a township visit and a walkabout.
Prince Harry and Meghan concluded their first day in South Africa with a stop at the District Six Homecoming Center, where they were met by a group of former residents of the neighborhood.
As the couple’s convoy pulled up at the District Six Museum, the large crowd that had gathered to greet them briefly fell silent.
Then, as Harry and Meghan emerged from their car, royal fans immediately broke out in rapturous cheering, whistles and screams.
The pair stopped to wave before being greeted by museum director Bonita Bennett.
Inside, the pair were shown an interactive map explaining the neighborhood’s history under apartheid. In celebration of the area’s creative background, a jazz musician and former resident of the area will show them around various exhibits.
Queues of cheering fans in District Six
Outside the District Six museum in Cape Town, lines of royal fans arriveed to grab spots behind the cordon in anticipation of Harry and Meghan’s arrival.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have begun the first engagement on their 10-day tour of southern Africa.
Enthusiastic cheers and shouts greeted the royal couple as they arrived at Nyanga Methodist Church in Nyanga township, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon.
The couple spent several minutes greeting members of the community connected to the Justice Desk initiative while musicians and dancers continued to perform in the church courtyard.
Meghan excitedly chatted to several women and embraced a number of them outside the church.
Meanwhile Harry bent down to talk to children sat on the floor, all of whom were beaming at the opportunity to meet a special visitor.
With no formal arrival ceremony, Harry and Meghan kicked off their first visit to South Africa together with a visit to Nyanga township where they attended a workshop put together by Justice Desk, a human rights organization that operates in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The organization educates children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides self-defense classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community.
Inequality in South Africa
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle landed in Cape Town, they will be in an unequal city in the world’s most unequal country.
There is the Cape Town the world knows: Table Mountain; the wineries; the spectacular beaches. And then there is the other side of Cape Town, where murder rates are high and gang violence grips communities.
The South African Apartheid government created the “Flats,” as they are commonly known, when it forced non-white South Africans out of large areas of the city center and its suburbs.
The royal couple will visit some of these areas, where security is such a concern to the organizers that even journalists covering the event won’t know where they are headed until the last minute.
The Duchess will give away some of Archie’s old toys
Crime is so endemic here that even ambulance crews were attacked and robbed more than 80 times in 2018. Martin and his team now need police escorts to enter so-called “red zones” – even if it means patients will die because of the wait.
Meghan will give away some of Archie’s toys during tour of South Africa.
The Duchess of Sussex has brought some of the many gifts and toys given to baby Archie to donate to babies and children in need during her visit to South Africa this week, a royal source has told reporters.
Why are the Sussexes in South Africa?
Harry and Meghan’s trip to South Africa is “celebrating” the relationship the country has with the UK, British High Commissioner Nigel Casey said ahead of the royal couple’s arrival in Cape Town.
The royals are on a 10-day tour in southern Africa that will see them visit Cape Town together before Harry continues on to Botswana, Angola and Malawi for additional engagements.
Meghan and Archie will only visit South Africa. They will be reunited with Harry in Johannesburg upon his return from Malawi.
“Visits like this play can important part in celebrating, sustaining and renewing what is a dynamic, modern relationship between the UK and South Africa,” Casey said. “The UK has also historically been a leading investor in South Africa and we are determined to do all we can to sustain that.”
“But the real strength of this relationship lies in people,” Casey added. “430,000 Brits visit South Africa every year — more than from any other country — spending over 500 million pounds here a year, and thus making a big direct contribution to the South African economy.
“We estimate some 200 000 British passport holders live and work in South Africa playing a big role in the economy and society. So this visit is going to reflect and celebrate those people-to-people links.”
The diplomat added that the trip was “an opportunity to shine a light on some of the issues close to the hearts of the Duke and Duchess, and of real importance to South Africans.”
“It will also be a chance to underline the strength and continuity of our royal family’s ties to South Africa and in particular to recall the warm and special relationship between Her Majesty the Queen and the late President Mandela,” he said.
Meghan and Harry fly commercial to South Africa
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan traveled to Africa with their baby son Archie on a commercial flight, a royal source told reporters.
The family’s decision to fly commercial came after they were criticized for using private jets to fly to the south of France and Ibiza for two trips during the summer.
Environmental campaigners accused the pair of hypocrisy, saying that Harry and Meghan’s actions contradict their public stance on climate change, given that aviation is one of the world’s major polluters and is responsible for more than 2% of global emissions.
The pair had tried to redeem themselves since, with Harry launching a global sustainable travel initiative, known as Travalyst, in recent weeks.
Harry responded to the backlash over his summer travels at the launch, telling reporters that he spends “99% of my life traveling the world by commercial,” according to Britain’s PA Media news agency.
He added that “occasionally, there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe — it’s generally as simple as that,” PA Media reported.
Duchess makes fashion statement
It was a royal first as Meghan wore a denim jacket to the beach. The style is from her pre-Duchess days and is by one of her favourite retailers Madewell. She teamed it with a white shirt, black trousers and a cross-body tote bag – also believed to be from Madewell.
Meghan also ditched her engagement ring and wedding band, for new Jennifer Meyer turquoise jewellery, which matched her earrings.
Newspapers said that the the reason she had ditched her treasured jewels is that she wants to be “low key” while doing her meet and greets with the public.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex then travelled to Monwabisi Beach in Cape Town on the second day of their royal tour of Africa.
There they learned about the work of ‘Waves for Change’, an NGO which fuses surfing with evidence-based mind and body therapy to provide a child-friendly mental health service to vulnerable young people living in challenging communities.
The couple also saw the work of The Lunchbox Fund, a charity that provides nearly 30,000 nutritious meals every day to Waves for Change programmes and schools in South Africa’s townships and rural areas.
Harry then took a solo trip along Kalk Bay’s coast with officers from the City of Cape Town Marine Unit to learn about their work on illegal wildlife poaching.
He then be reunited with his wife as they travelled to Bo Kaap to visit Auwal Mosque on Heritage Day, followed by a youth reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence.
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