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Archie going on royal tour to South Africa

By AAP Newswire

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is about to embark on his first official royal tour at the tender age of four months.

The young royal has only been seen in public a few times but on Monday he will will be flying thousands of kilometres with parents Prince Harry and Meghan to South Africa.

The Sussexes' first tour as a family comes after the duke and duchess flew to Rome to watch Meghan's close friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo marry oil tycoon Michael Hess on Friday.

Harry will travel to Angola during his Africa tour, to pay homage to Princess Diana's work campaigning for landmines to be outlawed during a visit she made to the country in 1997.

Highlights of the trip will see the duke and duchess visit a township in Cape Town to tour a workshop supporting children and empowering young girls, and visit another near Johannesburg where they will learn about a project tackling rising unemployment.

Meghan is expected to add her voice to the thousands who have spoken out about the rising violence against women in South Africa when she visits the Cape Town township.

The royals will visit Africa from September 23 to October 2, and while Meghan and Archie spend the duration in South Africa, Harry will leave his family to tour Angola, Malawi and Botswana before being reunited with them in Johannesburg.

Meghan, who is making her first visit to South Africa, and Harry both admire South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela and have already met members of his family in the UK.

Towards the end of their visit they will be introduced to the statesman's widow Graca Machel, who met the duke when he visited South Africa in 2015, and have an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Tshepo Motsepe.