Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie is going to be a “ladies man”, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter joked during the royal tot’s first ever royal engagement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their little boy to meet the veteran Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is one of the heroes of the anti-apartheid movement, on the third day of their Africa Royal Tour.
The four-month-old posed with the man they call “The Arch” with his proud mum and dad, and the Sussex family sat down for tea and cake with the Archbishop and his daughter Thandeka Tutu Gxashe.
During their 30 minute meeting Thandeka joked that Archie liked the ladies, saying he’s “going to be a ladies man”.
Little Archie, who was dressed in baby blue dungarees with matching socks and a white long-sleeved top, sat on his mum’s lap during the visit.
He looked very interested in what was going on around him as Meghan bobbed him up and down on her knee, and he beamed on a number of occasions.
Thandeka also said that Archie would have to get used to having his photo taken.
She said “I have cameras in my genes”, to which Archbishop Tutu adds: “He knows what she means.”
Meghan laughs, saying “He’s an old soul”, and Harry adds: “I think he knows exactly what’s going on.”
Tutu – who was effectively the leader of the liberation struggle during Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment – said he was ‘thrilled by the “rare privilege and honour” to meet the royals.
The 87-year old spent an half and hour with the couple and Archie at the historic premises of his ‘Legacy Foundation’ in Cape Town, the Old Granary – a restored 200-plus-year-old edifice built by slaves.
Thandeka is CEO of the Desmond Tutu Desk campaign – which creates portable desks for schoolchildren.
The foundation is the global rallying point for the now retired archbishop’s values in respect of people and the earth.
Established by the Archbishop and his wife Nomalizo Leah, its mission is to distil the timeless wisdom of our founders and to instil their values in new generations of leaders.
“We are enormously grateful to welcome the Duke and Duchess to our magnificent space, and for their love and respect for the Arch,” said foundation chair Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke.
Prince Harry last met Archbishop Tutu in November 2015 when The Queen named him as an honorary member of The Order of the Companions of Honour in recognition of his services to United Kingdom Communities as well as International Peace and Reconciliation.
He was also a recipient the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid.
Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, he became the first Black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
During the 1980s, he played a role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of apartheid.
In 1993, South African apartheid finally came to an end, and in 1994, South Africans elected Nelson Mandela as their first black president.
President Mandela also appointed Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, tasked with investigating and reporting on the atrocities committed by both sides in the struggle over apartheid.
The father of four chaired the commission and since then has continued to draw attention to a number of social justice issues.
Although he officially retired from public life in the late 1990s, the Archbishop continues to advocate for social justice and equality across the globe.