The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are all set to visit Africa, more specifically Angola, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa, next month. And although their visit is a royal engagement, Prince Harry has always had a special place in his heart for Africa.
Prince Harry told Town & Country’s Klara Glowczewska while on a trip to Malawi, his loved Africa since he was a child.
“I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died,” he said. “My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags – we were going to Africa to get away from it all.
“My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate the countryside; we appreciate nature and everything about it. But it became more…”
“I wish I could spend more time in Africa,” he said, and explained, “I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognised, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people [dedicated to conservation] with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature… I talk to them about their jobs, about what they do. And I learn so much.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be championing causes close to Princess Diana’s heart on their upcoming visit. In the past, Prince Harry’s visited Angola, just as Princess Diana did, to help clear landmines. Most recently the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also added South African organisation, Waves for Change based in Muizenburg, Cape Town, to their list of charities to follow.
Before news broke of their upcoming engagement, the royal rumour mill was swirling that the couple may relocate to South Africa for a few months. Still, that reality isn’t too far off.
Prince Harry told Klara of the feeling of home he gets when he’s here because of his deep connection to the African continent. “This is where I feel more like myself,” he said, “than anywhere else in the world.”