GABORONE, BOTSWANA — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will undertake an official visit to Southern Africa, which includes Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Angola between Monday 23rd September – Wednesday 2nd October.
Although his wife and baby Archie will not accompany Prince Harry to Botswana, he is expected in Kasane on Thursday 26th where he will participate in three items; Tree planting with local school children, Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy unveiling as well as get an update from his Sentebale Project.
“This will be Their Royal Highnesses’ first official tour as a family. Not only will this visit serve as an opportunity for The Duke and Duchess to highlight many of the causes they have been involved with for many years, it will demonstrate a modern UK-Africa partnership in action.
The Duke, as President of African Parks and Patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana, will highlight the vital conservation work being done to protect wildlife and how sustainable tourism can support the needs of local communities and the environment,” said a communiqué from the couple’s communications secretary.
His Royal Highness has worked to help initiate a number of key projects in the region, and will be proud to visit the MOD-African Parks ranger training programme in Malawi.
“The Duke is also particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed in consultation with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta.
Throughout the tour, Their Royal Highnesses as President and Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, will also meet young leaders working to address socio-economic and environmental challenges. The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of thirteen and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day.
As Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke now has a platform to be able to support young people across Africa in reaching their full potential.”
Meanwhile, through her Patronages, The Duchess will be working with organisations to promote women’s education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership. The Duchess of Sussex is particularly looking forward to the opportunity to learn from inspirational women in the region. As Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Her Royal Highness will meet female entrepreneurs, academics and community leaders, and join discussions with Southern African young women about the future of their countries.
“Throughout this ten-day tour, The Duke and Duchess are pleased to raise awareness of the positive partnerships with the United Kingdom, particularly in advance of the UK Africa Investment Summit in London in 2020. Their Royal Highnesses will visit joint UK-African projects that are working to encourage youth employment, entrepreneurship, education and health, as well as prepare young people in the region to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead in these dynamic and growing economies.
The UK’s total trade with Africa is around £33 billion and the opportunities are growing. And between now and 2035, African nations will have to create 20 million jobs a year just to keep pace with the rapidly growing population”. His Royal Highness will meet African partners committed to tackling conservation issues in Botswana and Malawi. Prince Harry was in Botswana reportedly twice last year and he seems to enjoy the country more thanks to the privacy they get accorded: