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PRINCE HARRY TO VISIT LESOTHO

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have confirmed plans to travel to South Africa this spring, and their baby Archie Harrison will join them.

The duke is expected to stop by Lesotho for Harry’s charity Sentebale, Malawi, Botswana and finally Angola in honour of the late Princess Diana who worked closely with the government to help clear landmines in the region.

Meghan will also fly solo to three other African nations, carrying out visits to Malawi and Angola, as well as a short working visit to Botswana during the Sussex’s first trip as a family-of-three.

Newborn Archie will be joining his parents in his second-ever public appearance since he was born last month.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5.26am on May 6 at Portland Hospital in London.

Archie will tag along with his parents who will take part in local community projects and work with a number of charities, including Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale which supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Meghan and Harry announced the news on their Instagram account “Sussex Royal”, saying the South Africa leg of the trip was at the request of the Government.

The post reads: “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 on 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!”

Britain’s High Commissioner to South Africa said the Duke and Duchess’ trip to the country would be a “short” one and only take a few days.

Speaking to a room full of journalists, he joked how their visit would bring a flurry of business to South Africa as people would buy hats and dresses to mark the royal visit.

He said: “That’s great news for us, and I predict it’s also good news for the South African economy. “I predict a hat and frock buying frenzy to rival SONA [the country’s State of the Nation Address, which took place last Thursday] which could restore economic growth all on its own.

“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.” NW

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