Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Tour of Africa and Their Special Tribute to Princess Diana

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It’ll be a family affair later this month when Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie travel to Africa together. The 10-day official tour marks the family’s first tour as a trio. 

According to new details released by the Palace, the family will kick off official events on Sept. 23, flying to Cape Town, South Africa. 

The Duke of Sussex, 34, will be focused on issues close to his heart, including conservation, the environment, HIV and AIDs awareness and more. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex, 38, will be working with organizations to “promote women’s education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership.”

The release states, “The Duchess of Sussex is particularly looking forward to the opportunity to learn from inspirational women in the region.” 

After several days together in South Africa, Prince Harry will be visiting Angola, Malawi and Botswana on his own. Harry’s time in Angola will have a particularly special meaning as he will be visiting the same locations as his late mother, Princess Diana, did in 1997. 

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Diana’s visit to Huambo helped to raise awareness of the threat posed by landmines. Thanks to the Princess of Wales’ efforts, the community is thriving. 

After his solo travels, Harry will meet back up with his family in Johannesburg before leaving for London on Oct. 2. 

It has not been revealed whether 5-month-old Archie will be making public appearances during his time abroad. Royal reporters note that the couple will be making those decisions much closer to the time of their trip. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken their two eldest children, 6-year-old Prince George and 4-year-old Princess Charlotte, on several royal tours, and featured them in photo opportunities. 

Harry and Meghan’s last royal tour took place last fall in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji. On the first day of the tour the couple announced the Duchess’ pregnancy.

It is unknown whether Meghan and Harry will fly commercial or private for their royal tour of Africa, but the couple has recently come under fire for flying private jets on family vacations while also talking about the importance of conservation and sustainable tourism.

ET recently spoke with royal expert Katie Nicholl about the drama.

"They've both put themselves up on a parapet, they're just not practicing what they're preaching," Nicholl said of the private jets. "When I spoke to Ken [Wharfe, former royal protection officer], he said of all the flights they ever did when the boys were young and he traveled with Diana around the world he could count the number of private flights on one hand, they just -- there was no need, and you know you can fly [British Airways], fly scheduled, you can do it very discreetly, it's very safe."

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