There were rumours that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be heading to South Africa later this year, and it was confirmed during a press conference earlier this week.
The country’s British High Commissioner, Nigel Casey, revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be taking a trip in the autumn, announcing to journalists: ‘The royals were coming back to visit South Africa in the autumn. That’s great news for us and I predict it’s also good news for the South African economy.’
Referring to the Meghan Markle effect (whereby everything she wears/touches/looks at sells out immediately), Nigel Casey continued that the ‘buying frenzy… could restore economic growth all on its own.’
He added: ‘We’re hugely looking forward to that and thanks in anticipation for that and all the support that I know we’re going to receive. This is a much shorter visit, they’ll be here for a matter of days and not months.’
The news was confirmed by the couple’s official Instagram account, @SussexRoyal. Alongside a photograph of themselves, they wrote: ‘TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn.
‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi and Angola. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana en route to the other countries.
‘The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond.
‘This will be their first official tour as a family!’
It was previously believed that baby Archie wouldn’t take the trip with his parents as he will not yet be six months old, however the statement appears to confirm that the three Sussexes will be heading to South Africa together.
Botswana is believed to be the place where Harry and Meghan reportedly fell in love, ‘camping out under the stars’, so that leg of the trip will be even more special with baby Archie in tow.