Guys, Meghan and Harry are three days into their tour of southern Africa with baby Archie, and we honestly don’t think they’ve looked this happy since the christening photos.
They touched down in Cape Town, South Africa on Monday (on a British Airways flight, thank you very much) and got to work straight away, hitting the city’s Nyanga township, where violence, especially against women, is a huge issue. There were 289 murders in the area last year and the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has recently called violence against women a “national crisis”. Nearly 67,000 sexual offenses against women and young girls were reported in South Africa in the year leading up to March 2019.
Harry and Meghan visited the town to pledge their support for youth leadership and promoting women’s rights and were quickly engaged in a traditional dance with locals. Super cute.
Meghan also made a powerful speech to the Nyanga community. “On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” she said, to cheers from the crowd.
“I am here with you, and I am here for you,” she said in closing.
On day two, Meghan changed into a denim jacket and jeans to hit Monwabisi Beach, where she and Harry met with NGOs including Waves for Change, which promotes well-being through surfing in communities that have been affected by violence and conflict.
A group discussion led to the topic of what makes you feel strong, to which Meghan replied, “parenting is the new strength that Harry and I are learning.”
She said, ‘He’s the best dad,’ referring to Harry, and he retorted, ‘No, she’s the best mum.”
Baby Archie has been staying with a nanny while his parents whiz around to their various travel engagements, but they have spoken of how special it is that they are on their first trip to Africa as a family together.
At the end of their meeting with Waves for Change, Harry and Meghan parted ways and the Duke couldn’t help but give his wife a sweet kiss on his departure. Royal protocol, be damned.