The World Gets a Rare Look at Baby Archie

He and his parents met with Desmond Tutu in South Africa on Wednesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2019 9:09 AM CDT
The World Gets a Rare Look at Baby Archie
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie, meet with Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019. The royal couple are on the third day of their African tour.   (Henk Kruger/African News Agency via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – Baby Archie made a rare public appearance on Wednesday as his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, continued their first official tour as a family in South Africa. Meghan held Archie as the royal couple met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, reports the AP. (See Archie's strong resemblance to a baby Harry here.) The youngest member of Britain's royal family had been out of the spotlight since his christening in July. The Nobel Peace Prize winner Tutu greeted the baby with a delighted smile. "It's very heartwarming, let me tell you, very heartwarming to realize that you really, genuinely are caring people," he told the royal couple, according to a statement by his Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. "We all try to make things better," Harry replied.

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The royal couple posted on social media a photo of the 87-year-old archbishop giving Archie a gentle kiss on the forehead. "Thank you Archbishop Tutu for your incredibly warm hospitality, Archie loved meeting you!" they wrote. Gifts for the baby included children's books written and signed by the archbishop. Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for years, rarely makes public appearances. He and his wife, Leah, last week called a meeting with the royal couple a "rare privilege and honor." The royals' 10-day, multi-country tour also includes stops for Harry in Botswana, Angola, and Malawi with a focus on wildlife protection, mental health, and mine clearance—a topic given global attention by Princess Diana when she walked through an active mine field during an Africa visit years ago.

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