Meghan and Harry take baby Archie on his first royal tour

22 September 2019, 11:25

Archie is set to embark on his first official royal tour
Archie is set to embark on his first official royal tour. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is set to take on his first royal tour with his parents at the tender age of four months.

The young royal has only been seen in public twice, but will be flying thousands of miles with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to South Africa as part of their official tour of southern Africa.

He and his famous parents are set to leave tomorrow.

Archie has not been included in Harry and Meghan's official schedule for South Africa, although the couple hope to publicly introduce him to Africa at some point.

The royal youngster was born on May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz, at London's exclusive Portland hospital, and soon afterwards Harry said he already could not imagine life without his son.

Meghan and Harry pictured a few days after Archie's birth
Meghan and Harry pictured a few days after Archie's birth. Picture: PA
The youngster has only been seen in public a handful of times
The youngster has only been seen in public a handful of times. Picture: PA

There is a long history of royals taking their young children with them on overseas trips, which are working visits on behalf of the British Government but still offer opportunities to relax and enjoy the new surroundings.

Harry's parents the Prince of Princess of Wales travelled with his older brother the Duke of Cambridge, when he was a nine-month-old Prince William, to Australia and New Zealand in 1983.

Prince George was also only nine months when he joined his parents William and Kate for their first joint trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Archie's first, and so far only, official public event was staged a few days after his birth when his proud parents posed with him in Windsor Castle before introducing him to the Queen.

His christening was a private family event exactly two months after the birth, with the official pictures showing his immediate family surrounding him.

He was last seen in the arms of Meghan at Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham in July, as Harry and William played in a match, a few days after his baptism.

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