Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hope to ‘hit ground running’ on Africa royal tour – World News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hope to ‘hit ground running’ on Africa royal tour – World News




The Duchess of Sussex will tackle the issue of gender violence on Monday in South Africa after a series of shocking murders of women there.

Meghan will make a speech in a deprived township in Cape Town hours after landing for her first overseas tour with Prince Harry and son Archie.

The country’s upsurge in violence against women is five times the global average and has been described by President Cyril Ramaphosa as a “national emergency”.

Palace sources said Harry and Meghan want to “hit the ground running”.

They will focus on key issues of their global charity work including the environment, conservation, education and women’s rights.

Imizamo township in Cape Town

 

Harry will travel alone to Botswana on Wednesday and visit a project run there by his charity Sentebale on Thursday.

He will then make a “poignant” trip to Angola surveying vital work by the Halo Trust, which was supported by his mother Princess Diana.

In Malawi, he will pay tribute to a British soldier killed by an elephant during anti-poaching operations.

The Duchess will stay in Cape Town with Archie and take on several engagements including meeting female entrepreneurs working in technology.

The family will be reunited in Johannesburg next week and fly home.

Harry recently said he would like to be a safari guide and live in Africa

 

Courtiers hope the trip will be a success and go some way to replacing the goodwill that has been questioned in recent months following a barrage of controversies.

Eco warriors Harry and Meghan have been heavily criticised for preaching about saving the planet while flying on gas-guzzling private jets for several holidays and excursions.

They took four private jets in just 11 days while speaking about the dangers of climate change, leading to charges of hypocrisy.

One senior palace source said: “This tour will see the Duke and Duchess go back to basics, using their profile in the right way to highlight causes they are both passionate about.”

Harry will travel to Angola on Friday to survey vital work being done in the region by the Halo Trust and visit an orthopaedic hospital which is to be named in her honour after a massive upgrade.

Photographs of the late Princess visiting a de-mining site and meeting mine victims became iconic and powerful images in support of her campaign to create a global mine ban – which came to fruition in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention that same year.

Princess Diana in an Angolan minefield in 1997 – Harry will visit the country to help fulfil his mother’s legacy

 

The Huambo Orthopaedic Centre, visited by Diana in 1997, aims to become Angola’s national centre of excellence in orthopaedic care.

A senior Palace source said: “This is all about wanting to fulfil his mother’s legacy.”

Harry, 35, will also visit a working de-mining field outside the southern city of Dirico.

He will remotely detonate a mine and meet members of the community and make a speech about the importance of continuing de-mining.

A palace spokesperson described the Angola trip as a “significant and poignant” journey as the Duke pays homage to the anti-landmine work of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Children play on the rusting remains of a tank in an Angolan village still plagued by land mines

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The Duke will also pay tribute to a British soldier killed by an elephant during anti-poaching operations in Malawi when he visits the country to highlight efforts to protect endangered animals.

The couple have tailored the programme alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who requested the royal couple attend the tour.

Archie’s new nanny will join the couple’s entourage of 13 – including travel coordinators and a social media operative – although the palace has not yet announced when royal watchers might catch a glimpse of the little boy.

A royal source said: “The couple hope to include Archie at some point in the programme, but it’s difficult to schedule.

“He’s four months old. But they hope to, there just a lot to consider with the schedule and the security aspects of each destinations.”






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