They say first impressions are everything, and baby Archie certainly didn’t disappoint as he joined his parents on his first official royal tour to South Africa.
While many were excited to see Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan continue Diana’s humanitarian legacy on the 10-day trip that covered South Africa, Angola, Malawi and Botswana, eyes were also on the widely anticipated public appearance of the four-month-old royal.
Although we only got to see little Archie once, during a meeting with Nobel Peace Prize award-winner Desmond Tutu, he truly proved himself to be a natural.
Following in the footsteps of the memorable royal tour debuts made before him, there were plenty of other moments where Meghan and Harry melted hearts with stories of adorable Archie.
Here are some things we learnt about Archie Harrison on his first official overseas trip…
Archie may look to his dad for fashion inspiration
Upon landing in Cape Town at the beginning of the 10-day tour, Archie was seen being carried off the delayed British Airways flight by Meghan – sporting a white bobble hat and blanket.
The cute ensemble was unmistakably similar to one worn by his dad in 1985, as he was carried in Diana’s arms after arriving in Aberdeen.
Placed side by side, the two could indeed be the same toddler.
He loves looking out the plane when he's flying
Prince Harry has revealed that his son Archie was fascinated by looking out the window during the family’s flight to Cape Town for their Royal Tour.
During their visit to District Six Museum, Harry said that Archie was staring out the window as they started their descent into South Africa.
Prince Harry said: “He was staring out the window as we flew in – looking at Table Mountain.”
He also said the flight had taken its toll on his son, saying he’s “ not grouchy, just exhausted.”
Being Mum to Archie on royal tour was tough…but so exciting
While Harry travelled to northern Botswana to help conservationists plant trees on the third day of the tour, Meghan and Archie stayed behind in Cape Town, where a busy schedule of solo engagements awaited the Duchess.
First on the list was the Ladies Who Launch event.
Here, Meghan confessed to the 12 inspiring female entrepreneurs she met: "Being a working mum and travelling as well with a baby, my goodness it’s a lot, but it’s all so exciting."
Meghan has a cute nickname for him
Bouncing him on her lap, Meghan said: "Say hello, hello, hi. Oh bubba!"
Totally adorable. The Royal Family are known for using nicknames for eachother. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known to call George ‘Tips’ as in the tea brand ‘PG Tips’.
Harry, Meghan and Archie have their own matching bracelets
At the Ladies Who Launch event, Meghan was gifted a bracelet by the company Relate Bracelets – and a smaller one for baby Archie.
The non-profit NGO, which Meghan called "fascinating", employs disadvantaged women across South Africa to make bracelets for good causes.
Prince Harry is known to always wear his own bracelet, meaning now the family can all match.
According to Relate’s founder, Lauren Gillis, Meghan is reported to have said: "My husband never takes his Relate bracelet off".
He’s growing out of his clothes already
Meghan visited Mothers2Mothers, where she donated two bags full of clothes 'loved but outgrown' by Archie and her friends’ children – which included a cute £12 onesie bearing the words ‘The Future’ by the UK-based Mère Soeur.
"It’s so important we’re able to share what’s worked for our family and know that we’re all in this together with each other," the Duchess said.
"So we wanted to share something from our home to each of yours." Mothers2Mothers is an organisation committed to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in South Africa, training and employing women living with the disease.
Archie’s not one to sit back when there are toys around
Although Archie wasn’t at the Mothers2Mothers event, Meghan knew he wouldn’t want to be sat around if he were.
In a candid moment, Meghan climbed down from her seat onto the toy-covered floor, before encouraging the other young mums and their mentors to do the same.
Meghan was heard saying: "I just think if it were Archie and we had all these toys in the middle, but I made him sit in the chair, it would be so unfair."
Harry and Meghan made sure Archie never felt homesick
Archie was probably surrounded by ‘home comforts’ during his first royal tour, so that he never felt too far from his home in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
ABC news royal contributor Omid Scobie said: "There were a lot of toys there that they’d brought from home and all the things that make him feel like he hasn’t gone anywhere."
Omid also added this was the likely reason Meghan and Archie stayed behind in Cape Town as Harry travelled on to Botswana.
Archie had a room with a view
We all enjoy getting a good view from our rooms on holiday, and it seems Archie struck lucky on his first go.
Speaking on The HeirPod podcast, royal reporter Omid Scobie said: "Apparently Archie would have his feed looking out through the window at these incredible views."
For the first part of their South African trip, Meghan stayed at the sumptuous residence of the British High Commissioner in Cape Town, which has stunning views of Table Mountain.
Meghan and Harry's staff help keep Archie's routine in place
They arranged all the events and engagements around Archie's feeding times, meaning that Meghan and Harry could be there to give their son his meals.
The Duchess had no engagements in the evening, which presumably meant she able to put him to bed every night as well.
Asked how the tour had been, she said: "On my goodness, well, we’re doing well. I think the schedule – they have been very kind to me, because everything is based around Archie’s feed times."
Archie now has a traditional South African nickname
On the first day of their tour, community grandmothers at the township they visited picked a traditional South African Xhosa name for little Archie – Ntsika.
Jessica Dewhurst, executive director of Justice Desk, the charity Meghan and Harry were visiting, it’s normal for visitors to be given a traditional name when they arrive in the township.
She said: “The reason we chose that was mostly because Archie means the same thing that Ntsika does. So Archie means strength, it means bravery and the South African equivalent of that is Ntsika.
“When you get your traditional name it’s what you will look up to be. So when they give you a name it’s your wish for you and your future.”
His meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu almost didn’t go ahead
We were only treated to one sighting of Archie, when he accompanied his parents during meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu – but it very nearly didn’t happen.
However it wasn't a guaranteed visit and insiders said Meghan and Harry planned to see how he was on the morning before deciding whether to take him with them.
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