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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Travel to South Africa, Malawi, and Angola This Year

They'll pick up Princess Diana's humanitarian work where she left off-among many other things.
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Not long after the birth of baby Archie, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already planning their next diplomatic trip. According to ITV, the couple will undertake a royal tour of Africa, visiting Angola, Malawi, and South Africa.

It's not clear yet what Harry and Meghan intend to work on in South Africa, but in Malawi, the Duke and Duchess will focus on supporting Sentebale—a charity supporting children affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana, and Malawi. Harry co-founded the organization with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso.

It's in Angola that they'll continue working on something key to Princess Diana's legacy. Not long before her death, Diana brought attention to the necessity of banning landmines—and safely removing existing ones—by walking through an active landmine area in Angola.


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Diana walks through an active landmine in Angola in 1997

A source told the Mirror, "[Harry's] trip to Africa comes at a time in his life where he has become a parent himself. Diana had a great affinity with children and recognized the worth of having boots on the ground could affect change in such an important way. This is all about wanting to fulfill his mother’s legacy and showing his wife and baby son the places that have had the most positive affect on him in his life."

Harry will kickstart his work in the area at a conference next week. The prince is set to attend a conference on landmine clearance in Angola. In the Palace's words, "the presence of land mines and remnants of the civil war render large areas of the country unsafe."

According to the Mirror, when Harry and Meghan do leave for Africa, they could stay for extended periods—up to six months away at a time, over two to three years.

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There is no word yet on if Archie will be able to tag along—according to ITV, both the couple and the palace are still deciding if it makes sense to bring him, given the security and travel concerns of an extended overseas trip.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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