The Duke & Duchess Take Archie on His First Official Engagement
Day three of the Royal Tour brought a special surprise: baby Archie’s first official engagement!
The four-month-old joined his parents for a meeting at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa.
We had our first glimpse of Archie this morning on the Sussex Royal Instagram account; the Duke and Duchess posted 2 videos. Below, a portion of one of the videos.
The Sussexes as they were greeted by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Archie was also welcomed by the Archbishop’s daughter, Thandeka Gxashe.
The Tutus and the Sussexes.
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CNN’s Max Foster noted this was “a significant milestone” for Archie.
More from his story:
“The reality is [that] this is the first experience of a lifetime of media moments for young Archie, so a big moment in his life,” Foster reported.
“We shouldn’t forget that this is a rare appearance by Desmond Tutu — this aging icon of the anti-apartheid movement here. He’s not seen very often in public so this was a historic piece of video in two senses,” he continued.
And from the NY Times:
Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for years, rarely makes public appearances. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end the system of white minority rule, or apartheid, and promote racial reconciliation in South Africa, and he has lent his moral stature to causes and campaigns around the world over the years.
Archie looked very comfortable as his parents settled in for their conversation.
I think he had his eye on the cookies.
The sweet treats were decorated with hearts and the words joy, hope, love and peace. And this from The Telegraph’s story:
He greeted the royals with laughter with his daughter Thandeka Tutu Gxashe, CEO [of the] Desmond Tutu Desk campaign – which creates portable desks for schoolchildren.
The foundation is the global rallying point for the now retired archbishop’s values in respect of people and the earth.
We return to The Telegraph’s story:
The four-month-old posed with the man they call “The Arch” with proud mother and father. And Meghan, joked with the Archbishop’s daughter Thandeka Tutu Gxashe, that the little royal would have have to get used the the cameras in his life.
She said: “I have cameras in my genes.” Meghan replied: “He’s an old soul.” Harry said: “I think he is used to it already.”
Harry told them that Archie is “constantly wanting to stand.” Meghan laughed and described her son as an “old soul.” And Harry said about Archie: “I think he knows exactly what’s going on.”
Check out that red hair! Baby Archie is the spitting image of dad Prince Harry in first public outing. https://t.co/vFIdptpltI
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 25, 2019
Just like Ellen DeGeneres said! https://t.co/grATkXl4Jd
— TOWN&COUNTRY (@TandCmag) September 25, 2019
Meghan and Harry were each given a beaded bracelet, per the Foundation’s news release, ” hand-made by members of Ikamva Labantu, which works in Cape Town townships focusing on early childhood development, after school initiatives and the well being of elder persons. The bracelets, in the purple and green colours of the Foundation, were specially commissioned for the royal couple.”
There were also gifts for Archie, including signed children’s books, Desmond and the Mean Word, and Children’s Bible Stories, both written by the Archbishop.
Following the meeting the Sussex Royal Instagram post carried this message:
This morning The Duke and Duchess were honoured to introduce their son Archie, to Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, and his daughter, Thandeka.
The Archbishop, a globally respected figure in anti-apartheid movement, is one of the world’s great champions of equality, and has spent his life tirelessly battling injustice.
Their Royal Highnesses have joined The Archbishop and Thandeka to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation, and see first-hand how they are focusing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world.
And this was also shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram page.
One more cute shot of Archie and his mother.
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Usually we put videos at the end of posts, but thought today’s merited being higher in the post.
Following this engagement, Prince Harry departed for his solo trips in Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore.
It features cap sleeves, a hidden front placket with fabric-covered buttons, stand collar, side seam pockets and flounce at the hem. It is lined and comes with a self-belt. Our thanks to Caroline Parr for her speedy ID of Meghan’s dress.
There have been a couple of comments about Meghan’s slip or the dress lining being dark. As best I can tell that is the way the dress was manufactured. Below left you see Meghan’s lining and in the center, the lining as shown in product photos.
Meghan’s shoes are her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 pumps in navy suede, $665.
We’ve had questions about Archie’s outfit. He was in H&M’s Dungarees (0-9 mons, $20, and 9m-4y, $25) an unidentified tee shirt (not the bodysuit seen in the product photo). The piece is from the brand’s sustainable ‘Conscious’ line and made of 100% organic cotton, worn with a pair of Bonpoint Ribbed Socks. Our thanks to Mail Online’s Caroline Parr for this ID as well, and Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for the sock ID.
One more photo from this morning.
- Read the Foundation’s story about this morning’s meeting by clicking here
- Learn more about the Tutu Legacy Foundation at the organization’s website; visit the Facebook page here; the Twitter feed is here and Instagram page here
- The Telegraph’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s piece is here; The Evening Standard’s story and Gallery may be seen here
- a People story is here; Town and Country’s piece is here