It was recently announced that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie are embarking on their first official royal tour - but Meghan and Archie have to leave halfway through.
It's been all eyes on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since their baby, Archie, became the newest addition to the royal family. While the young Prince may be only a few months old, he already has an official royal tour booked in his calendar for September this year where his family will be visiting South Africa, Angola, Malawi and Botswana. But as the palace confirmed the upcoming tour, it was also shared that Meghan and Archie would only complete half of the trip. Here's why:
Baby in tow
Archie will be the youngest royal ever to go on a royal tour. Born in May, he will be less than five-months-old when he and his parents embark on their royal tour in Africa. The new parents will have their work cut out for them as they carry out their royal engagements while juggling the life of a five-month-old who has never travelled before. It's been reported that Meghan and Archie will stay behind in South Africa while Harry continues the fast-paced schedule.
With the destinations within close proximity to each other, it's been reported that the source of travel will be a small plane to reach each destination quickly and easily. However, it won't be suitable for a small baby. Unpeterbed by an adventure, Prince Harry will carry out the mission in the cosy aircraft while his wife and child remain safe on the ground in South Africa.
Health and safety
While Meghan and Archie are fine to travel in South Africa, the current Malaria outbreak in wider Africa poses too great a risk for the young royal. While the disease is preventable and curable, the crisis continues to claim lives throughout the continent and is not safe for young babies. Prince Harry will represent his new family as he continues to travel Angola, Malawi and Botswana.