Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and royal baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor have touched down in South Africa for their ten-day tour, and while five-month-old Archie will not be taking part in any official engagements, we got a glimpse of him as the family got off the plane.
The tiny tot was dressed in a navy jumper and white beanie topped with a cute pompom.
Eagle-eyed royal watchers were quick to point out that his choice of headwear was very similar to a beanie Prince Harry was seen wearing when he and Diana were photographed getting off a plane in Aberdeen in January 1985.
Harry was just four-months-old at the time, and Diana paired the white beanie with a cream knitted jumper and matching leggings.
The sweet tribute was no doubt done on purpose, and follows a tradition started by Kate Middleton of dressing her children in clothes their father wore with Diana.
Not wasting time, Harry and Meghan got straight into their official duties after arriving in Cape Town on Monday morning, starting with a visit to a workshop that teaches children about self-awareness, safety and their rights.
The Duchess of Sussex spoke to teenage girls about being a “woman of colour”, saying, “On one personal note, may I just say that while I’m here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I want you to know from me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”
She later spent time dancing with the young women and was dressed in a monochrome printed wrap dress by Mayamiko, a sustainable and ethical womanswear label set up by Paola Masperi after she did extensive travel in Malawi, southeast Africa.
Later in the day, the Sussexes visited a museum and took part in a community cooking activity, with Meghan changing into a blue, Veronica Beard Cary belted shirt dress that she previously wore while on tour in Tonga last year.
South Africa tour
After Cape Town, the royals will then journey to Johannesburg before Prince Harry is set to visit Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
The couple’s plans to travel to South Africa on a major overseas tour were confirmed by Nigel Casey, High Commissioner to the country, in June of this year in a press conference.
The pair’s plans for their upcoming tour were shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account on 6 September.
The Sussexes will focus on “community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment”, it was confirmed.
Baby Archie’s anticipated presence on the tour was confirmed by Buckingham Palace earlier this month, although details of which engagements he will attend were not provided.
Media coverage for the tour has stepped up in Archie’s honour, with 80 travelling media accredited to cover the trip together with 300 local journalists, TV crews and photographers, according to Sky News.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have already completed one royal tour in autumn last year, travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The Duchess’ pregnancy with Archie was announced during this time.
Words by Francesca Specter
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