Archie meets Archbishop Desmond Tutu on first royal engagement

The Duke and Duchess introduced their son to the anti-apartheid activist during their visit to South Africa

ROYAL TOUR: Baby Archie is kissed on the forehead by Archbishop Desmond Tutu while in the hands of his mother, The Duchess of Sussex

THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe earlier today.

It’s the first time that Archie, who is four months old, has been seen out in South Africa since the royal family began their 10-day tour of Africa this week. It is also Archie’s first ever royal engagement.

The royal couple met with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Archbishop, and Tutu-Gxashe, the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign, to learn more about the work of his Legacy Foundation and to witness how they are focusing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world.

Meghan described Archie as “an old soul” and Harry said that he thought the pair’s first child was used to the cameras already.

Tutu-Gxashe joked that Archie was going to be a ladies man.

After the meeting, images of the visit were posted on the royal couple’s Instagram page.

The pair said thanked Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his “warm hospitality”, adding that Archie loved meeting him.

Tutu said that he was “thrilled” by the “rare privilege and honour” of spending time with family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their son Archie meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe (Photo: Toby Melville/PA Wire)

“Thank you for your concern and interest in the welfare of our people. It’s very heartwarming, let me tell you, very heartwarming to realise that you really, genuinely are caring people,” the Archbishop told the young royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were presented with two framed photographs – one for Harry and one for William – of the late Princess Diana meeting Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1997. They were also given a basket of gifts, which included several items for their son.

Meghan and Archie will stay in South Africa for the remainder of the tour while Harry will travel to Botswana, Angola and Malawi. The trio will come together again in Johannesburg.

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