The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in the Mother City for their royal tour of Africa on September 23, and received a warm Capetonian welcome.
The royal couple were greeted by adoring fans in the Bo-Kaap on Monday. Various videos and pictures posted on social media show excited crowds surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan, with some even getting close enough to speak to them.
One District Six resident, 81 year-old Somaya Ebrahim, got particularly close to the couple. Ebraham got the opportunity to hug both Prince Harry and Meghan, and asked them, “Where’s Archie?”. She was told baby Archie is sleeping.
Check out the video of their meeting below:
Harry and Meghan meet Somaya Ebrahim, 81, a former District Six resident, who was in the crowds when the Queen visited in 1947 with her parents and Princess Margaret. She asked them: “Where’s Archie?” and was told “he’s sleeping!” #sussexroyaltour #RoyalTourAfrica pic.twitter.com/r3LH8hyzD1
— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 23, 2019
According to Emily Nash, Royal Editor at HELLO!, Ebrahim was a part of the crowd that greeted the Queen and Princess Margaret when they visited the country in 1947.
The royal family have a busy schedule in South Africa, and will be attending many engagements on causes close to their hearts.
At their first official engagement at an education workshop in Langa, baby Archie was gifted an African name. Representatives from The Justice Desk gave Archie the name “Ntsika”, which means pillar of strength in Xhosa.
The @TheJusticeDesk present Harry and Meghan with a South African Xhosa name for Archie — “Ntsika” which means pillar of strength. The name was chosen by the township’s Gogo’s (grandmother’s). pic.twitter.com/5RzagxXfBN
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 23, 2019
“When your beautiful boy was born, you gave him the name Archie,” said Jessica Dewhurst, The Justice Desk’s executive director. “The name Archie means bravery and strength. So to welcome Archie home, your family at the Justice Desk has given him the traditional South African name Ntsika.
“This name, of Xhosa African origin, means pillar of strength. May you always be a pillar of strength for those who need you.”
In a video, Meghan can be seen making this speech at the education workshop:
“as a member of the royal family, i want you to know that for me, i am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman of color and as your sister.”
— meredith (@meghvnmarkle) September 23, 2019