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Prince Harry, Meghan's son Archie meets Desmond Tutu in first appearance on family's South Africa tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit South Africa
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit South Africa
Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 10:48:40-04

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, aka royal baby Archie, stole the show Wednesday in his first appearance with his parents in South Africa.

The nearly 5-month-old son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, accompanied his parents to meet Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka in Cape Town.

Archie, who was born in May, put on a happy display for Archbishop Tutu and the cameras, smiling as he was held by his mom, Meghan. She and Harry shared photos of the meeting on Instagram, captioning one post with "Arch meets Archie!."

"Thank you Archbishop Tutu for your incredibly warm hospitality, Archie loved meeting you!," they also wrote.

The royal baby wore a blue pin-stripe overall outfit that complemented Meghan's blue dress and Harry's blue tie. The happy family posed for photos before going inside to have tea with the archbishop and his daughter.

The Sussexes' 10-day tour of South Africa, which began Monday, marks their first royal tour as a family of three.

Wednesday's visit with Archbishop Tutu marks the first time Archie has appeared with his parents at an official royal appearance since his birth in May.

The last time the public got an official glimpse of Archie was in July when Harry and Meghan released photos from his christening.

Archie was also spotted that same month when Meghan took him to watch Harry play in a polo match, along with Prince William and Kate and their children.

(MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan dance and greet kids as they kick off South Africa tour)

The royal baby was also spotted being held by Meghan as the family arrived in South Africa, wearing a hat that looked to be the same one worn by Harry when he was a baby and carried by his mom, the late Princess Diana, off a flight in Scotland.

At nearly 5 months old, Archie is one of the youngest British royals in history to travel on an official trip overseas.

After bringing Archie to meet Archbishop Tutu, Harry left for Botswana and Meghan stepped out in Cape Town for her first solo engagements of the family's tour.

She first visited the Woodstock Exchange for a conversation with female entrepreneurs, an event tied to one of Meghan's missions as a royal, to empower women.

Wearing a black Everlane jumpsuit, Meghan met with 12 women who are building their own businesses and networking to help each other succeed.

The duchess then moved on to another event focusing on women, this time meeting with women living with HIV.

Meghan visited mothers2mothers, an organization that trains and employs women living with HIV to be "mentor mothers" who provide health services and education to other women and their families.

Mothers2mothers was founded in 2001 and has since created over 10,000 jobs for women living with HIV and reached more than 11 million women and children, according to Buckingham Palace.