The Duchess of Sussex gave gifts of baby Archie’s hand-me-downs to a charity supporting mothers with HIV, on the day her son made his royal tour debut.
Archie, who is nearly five months old, delighted royal fans and stole the show when Meghan and the Duke of Sussex took him to see Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.
The veteran Nobel Peace Prize winner planted a tender kiss on baby Archie’s head.
Archie was the centre of attention as Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe joked about his time in front of the cameras.
Meghan said “He’s an old soul”, while Harry commented: “I think he is used to it already.”
The archbishop’s daughter also joked: “You like the ladies. He’s going to be a ladies’ man.”
Meghan later went on a solo visit to mothers2mothers in Cape Town, bringing with her a large black holdall full of baby clothing, including two tiny white vests, one bearing the words The Future and another with the Invictus Games logo.
“Here’s a few little things that I thought would be helpful,” she said, holding them up one by one. “The Future. And he’s outgrown his Invictus one,” she added.
Meghan, dressed in a black Everlane jumpsuit, surprised the women by stepping down from her seat, and calling for them to join her on the floor.
The duchess said baby Archie would get “crabby” if he was left in a chair.
“I can’t be the only one sitting here,” she joked, adding: “I think if Archie were here and we had all these toys in the middle and I made him sit in a chair it would be so unfair.”
The not-for-profit organisation trains and employs women living with HIV as frontline health workers across eight African nations.
Pointing to a 15-month-old girl called Asivile, who was rolling around on the floor in front of the group, the duchess laughed: “Look at who’s having the best time, living her best life!”
Meghan also seemed smitten by six-week-old Sumeya, who was asleep on her mother, Nothabo Qaga, 31.
The duchess giggled when Nothabo suggested that little Sumeya might one day marry Archie.
Meghan sat cross-legged on the carpet and held out a finger to one baby girl next to her as Limpho Nteko, one of the charity’s spokeswomen, shared her own story.
Limpho said she was 19, pregnant and married to a man seven years older than her when she was diagnosed with HIV.
“Did you feel scared?” asked the duchess.
“Scared, ashamed and it was just terrifying,” she replied. “One of those moments when you just want to disappear.”
With the support of mothers2mothers, Limpho said she realised she could continue to live a healthy life and she managed to deliver an HIV-free baby.
She told the royal visitor, her baby tragically died three weeks later.
“I’m so sorry,” Meghan replied, looking visibly moved.
Limpho has since given birth to two healthy children.
Meghan heard how the charity has reached over 11 million women and children under two with life-changing health services and education across Africa.
She said: “Talk about important work. The work that’s being done here is really special. I see how having that shared experience creates a much stronger result.”
Meghan also spoke about enjoying the pressures of being a working mother when she met inspiring female entrepreneurs at an event in Cape Town.
At the Woodstock Exchange, she said: “We’re only five months in right now. Being a working mum and travelling as well with a baby, my goodness it’s a lot, but it’s all so exciting.
“There are days when it’s a lot to juggle but then you meet someone, have an impact on them and it’s so rewarding.”
Meghan was told about the Ladies Who Launch conversation series the hub offers, which brings together a cross-section of female entrepreneurs and investors.