After Oceania in October 2018, Prince Harry, 34, and Duchess Meghan, 38, travel to South Africa. Harry also travels to Malawi, Angola and Botswana – the next big trip abroad program. A trip that will not only be a real pleasure for the couple for very personal reasons, but will also benefit the relationship with Queen Elizabeth, 93 years old.
Queen Elizabeth and South Africa – a special relationship
While the royals had been touring with their parents since the 1980s, at the age of only a few months, at the time of Queen Elizabeth's youth, she was living a different experience: she had made her first trip abroad at the age of 20 in February 1947. Together with his sister Princess Margaret (then 16), her parents King George VI. (then 51) and Queen Elizabeth (then 47) sailed for a two-month state visit to South Africa and Rhodesia (now part of Zimbabwe). What seemed to be a good family holiday was in fact an important one: the King wanted to prevent South Africa from leaving the Commonwealth League, of which he was the leader.
What their parents found to be a difficult marathon (only the Windsors traveled the country for 45 days at a time and stopped at several places to greet people) made Elizabeth and Margaret live a great adventure after the Second World War.
But Princess Elizabeth of the time made the tour so memorable: she turned 21 on April 21 and delivered her first important speech in Cape Town on this occasion. And what! After thanking her for her congratulations on her birthday and for the warm welcome of South Africans, Elizabeth – quite the head of her state someday – emphasized the importance of relations between the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth States.
His speech, broadcast on the radio by the BBC, ended with a declaration of love to his people: "I declare before you all that I will devote all my life, whether it is long or short, to your ministry and to the ministry of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
So, what about the Queen and Harry and Meghan have a lot to talk about in Africa?
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: It connects them to Africa
Harry and Meghan have also been able to gather fond memories of the African continent in the past. In Botswana, they spent their first love holiday in August 2017 to celebrate Meghan's 36th birthday. A photo of the trip was shared by the couple on their official Instagram account in April 2019. Rumor has it that Harry Meghan in Botswana made his marriage proposal. The main diamond of the engagement ring also comes from the country. This is not everything.
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How George and Charlotte mastered their first trips abroad
Prince George and Princess Charlotte have mastered their first great trip abroad brilliantly – and are therefore an excellent model for Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
In an interview with "Town & County Mag" magazine, Harry made Africa a moving declaration of love in 2017. "I came to Africa for the first time in 1997, just after the death. My father asked my brother and me to pack our bags, we wanted to go to Africa to escape the daily routine and to feel more at home here than at home .I would like to be able to spend more of time in Africa, I have this intense feeling of total relaxation and normality here. "
This did not end the story between Harry and Africa: in 2004, after graduating from Eton College, the prince spent a year abroad. His path led him to South Africa and Lesotho, among others; At the time, he described it as his "second home". In the summer of 2015, he spent three months in Namibia learning to protect the lives of elephants and rhinos. And, not to forget, Harry's first love, Chelsy Davy, is from Zimbabwe.
While traveling with Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will soon be able to add a new chapter to the love story with Africa.
Source used: "Channel 4"–Documentary "The Royal House of Windsor, episode 2" (seen in Germany on Netflix). Express, Daily Mail, Town & Countrag Mag