Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Cape Town

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have started their tour of southern Africa

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Cape Town, South Africa, embarking upon on a 10-day to southern Africa.

Getting straight to work after landing, the couple paid a visit to the the Nyanga township, where the unemployment rate is among the highest in South Africa.

While in Nyanga, they chatted to children and adults, after watching a workshop that works with young children in the area.

For the visit, Prince Harry wore a white shirt with black jeans; Markle wore a black and white patterned dress.

Markle's wrap dress is the Dalitso wrap dress by sustainable Malawian brand, Mayamiko. It is currently sold out, but sells for £69 (Dh315).

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, are welcomed to Nyanga township, on the first day of their African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, are welcomed to Nyanga township, on the first day of their African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. Reuters

The Sussexes have taken four-month-old son Archie on the official visit; this is his first official international trip.

They landed at 10am (BST / 1pm UAE), taking commercial on a British Airways flight to Cape Town.

Later in the day, the couple visited Cape Town's District Six Museum, before attending a dinner at the District Six Homecoming Centre.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit District 6 Museum on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. District 6 is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, where freed slaves, artisans, immigrants, merchants and the Cape Malay community lived. For over a hundred years, different communities and races lived side by side, and the District became known for its vibrant culture, music and food. In 1966, the government declared District 6 a whites-only area, and over 60,000 residents were forcibly removed and relocated to the Cape Flats Township. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit District Six Museum on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Getty Images

District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, where freed slaves, artisans, immigrants, merchants and the Cape Malay community lived. For more than 100 years, different communities and races lived side by side, and the district became known for its vibrant culture, music and food. However, in 1966 the government declared it a racially segregated area, and more than 60,000 residents of colour were forcibly removed and relocated to the Cape Flats Township.

For the evening visit, Prince Harry wore a relaxed stone suit, while the Duchess of Sussex changed into a Veronica Beard blue shirt dress, with Castaner espadrille wedges.

First official trip as a family of three

During the visit, Prince Harry will travel alone to Malawi, Botswana and Angola, where he will visit his mother Princess Diana's anti-landmine campaign.

Ahead of the trip, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, "The Duke of Sussex's love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of 13 and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day."

Earlier this year, the couple visited Morocco on an official visit in February, when the duchess was seven-months pregnant.

"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 en route to the other countries," the couple announced in an official statement.

"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!"

It was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would embark upon a tour of southern Africa in June this year.

Updated: September 24, 2019 02:33 PM

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