The rumours spread right after the Easter weekend that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might move to one of the nineteen Commonwealth countries in Africa once their first child was born.
It was reported that Sir David Manning, the former British ambassador to the US and special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to Princes William and Harry, and Lord Geidt, the chairman of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, had been working on a plan for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to “combine some work on behalf of the Commonwealth along with charity work and a role promoting Britain” abroad.
It is well known that the couple have a special place in their hearts for our continent. Both spent considerable periods of time over the past few years here. Harry was working on conservation projects in Southern Africa for almost nine weeks in 2015 and over two months in 2016. He also continues supporting Sentebale, the charity he established in Lesotho in 2006. Meghan joined a clean water initiative in Rwanda in March 2016. And, of course, Botswana saw the beginning of the couple’s relationship.
“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars,” Harry stated last year. “She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic, so then we were really by ourselves, which I think was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other.”
So far, the Buckingham Palace has neither confirmed nor denied the move of the royal couple to Africa.
“Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at his stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles,” the official statement read. “The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”