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At the conclusion of Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan and baby Archie‘s 10-day tour of five southern African countries – the trio’s first royal visit as a family – the couple called for global action to take concrete steps toward fighting pressing issues.
The royals touched on the many causes they supported and learned more about from the trip in a series of speeches at Johannesburg, South Africa-based events Wednesday. Throughout their visit, they’ve met with community members around the continent working to fix issues of global warming, poverty, gender-based violence, and access to education.
“I remember being a young girl watching TV and seeing what was happening in the world and frankly, often feeling despair,” Duchess Meghan said during a reception for Creative Industries and Business. “Because when you continue and constantly see and hear negativity, it can be overwhelming; you can feel powerless and lost, you can feel different, confused or like you don’t belong.”
She continued: “And I’m sure there is a young girl or boy watching this and thinking the maybe exact same thing. So this is for you. In a world that that can seem so aggressive, confrontational and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it.”
The royal tour began Sept. 23 in Cape Town, South Africa. Two days later, Harry and Meghan shared a rare glimpse of baby Archie – his first royal engagement! – as they visited retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Nomalizo Leah Shenxane.
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The couple later conducted a series of community visits separately, as Harry went ahead to Botswana while the Duchess stayed behind hundreds of miles away in South Africa with Archie. Meghan told reporters Tuesday she missed her husband “so much” and was excited for their reunion.
Speaking at the Youth Employment Services on Wednesday, Prince Harry, accompanied by his wife, called Africa his “second home” and explained that part of his love for the continent stemmed from the welcoming he received on his first trip in 1997 following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
“Despite extreme hardship and ongoing challenges on so many levels, people are generous, they are strong, humble and incredibly optimistic,” he said. “I have seen strength, resilience, a sense of hope and empathy that I can only aspire to replicate. Ever since I came to this continent as a young boy, trying to cope with something I can never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget and I feel incredibly fortunate for that.”
He added: “And as I raise my own son, I want to make sure that what I’ve learned here – the value of the natural world, the value of community and friendship – is something that I can pass on to him.”
Both royals thanked the communities they visited for their hospitality and voiced similar calls to action to unite on a global scale.
“No matter how different our lives may seem, Africa, you have made us feel part of your community, of our shared community,” Meghan concluded.
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