How Meghan and Harry’s royal tour was planned around baby Archie’s happiness

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first royal tour with baby Archie is almost over and it’s been just over a week of lovely photo opportunities and lots of important work.

Baby’s first tour

It’s tricky travelling with littlies at the best of times, but when you have to look picture perfect AND chat to important dignitaries and community members, there’s a whole other degree of difficulty.

The royal parents have managed this in the only way they could. They’ve put their baby first, making sure his happiness – and full tummy – is a priority.

TODAY reports that Meghan told media that this ‘Archie first’ approach has worked beautifully.

“Oh my goodness, well we’re doing well,” the Duchess said. 

“They’ve been very kind to me because everything is based around Archie’s feed times.”

“It’s a full plate, but we’re making it work. It’s worth it,” Meghan said.

“Not grouchy”

Archie was nowhere to be seen on the tour’s first day, with his dad revealing he was exhausted by the long flight from London to Cape Town.

As he spent time chatting to locals who asked where Archie was, Harry explained his baby was sleeping off the flight.

“Harry then told another person in the crowds that the flight had exhausted their son. ‘He’s not grouchy, just exhausted,'” Hello! reported.

That’s not to say the four-month-old didn’t enjoy the trip.

“He was staring out the window as we flew in … looking at Table Mountain,” Harry said.

“Arch meets Archie!”

Archie’s first appearance in South Africa – apart from that glimpse we got of him being carried off the plane by his mum – was when he met Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“Arch meets Archie!” the Sussex Royal Instagram account merrily declared as they shared footage and photos of this very happy and very smoochy engagement.

Video shows a beaming Meghan carrying her chatty little boy in to meet the Archbishop and his daughter Thandeka, a proud as punch Harry by her side.

We’re not sure if we’ll catch one more squiz at baby Archie before this trio head home, but here’s hoping!

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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal

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The second half of Day one for #SussexRoyalTour brought Their Royal Highnesses to The District Six Museum and the Homecoming Centre who are re-building their local community in Cape Town. The Duke and Duchess had a first hand look and understanding of how much of this diverse community was destroyed, with people subjected to forced relocation during the apartheid era. At the Homecoming centre The Duke and Duchess were treated to food cooked by local women that showcased the wonderful variety of recipes – and the importance of cooking to bring communities together – a topic The Duchess feels strongly about (just like Together, the cookbook from the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen which The Duchess supported this time last year). • Their Royal Highnesses have had an amazing first day in South Africa and are incredibly grateful for the wonderful welcome they have received. Thank You! Stay tuned for more updates and behind the scenes moments on tour! #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ SussexRoyal / Omid Scobie / PA images

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