Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Announce Their First Official Tour To Africa
Back when they were first seeing each other, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went on their second-ever date in Botswana. Now, years later, married and as new parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return to Africa on their first official royal tour to Africa.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, the couple announced that they will embark on an official tour to South Africa together, and Prince Harry will visit Malawi, Angola and Botswana. "In just a few weeks our family will be taking its first official tour to Africa, a region of the world that over the past two decades has been a second home to me," said the Duke of Sussex. "Our team has helped create a meaningful programme that we’re so excited to share with you. On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! We’ll see all of you very soon.”
In one of their first interviews together, in 2017, Prince Harry revealed that, after they first met, "I managed to persuade her [Meghan] to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other."
Prince Harry has long been involved in sustainability and philanthropic efforts in Africa. In 2017, he was appointed President of African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that "takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities." African Parks manages "15 national parks and protected areas across 10.5 million hectares in Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia."
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