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Malawian President Peter Mutharika greets Prince Harry with a huge book wrapped in green paper

Prince Harry was gifted an enormous book wrapped in bright green paper by the President of Malawi this evening as he continues to cement Commonwealth ties on the Royal trip to Africa.

After beaming during a handshake with the Duke of Sussex in the Presidential meeting room, Peter Mutharika unveiled the square-shaped parcel baring the colours of the Malawi flag.  

The pair then glanced over the hefty book, titled ‘Together’, before sitting to pose for a photograph with what appeared to be senior government members of the landlocked south east African country.

Harry smartened up into a light grey suit and tie for the meeting with the head of state, changing out of the more casual clothes he had worn to a girls school earlier in the day. 

President Mutharika, who studied in London in the 1960s, hosted the Duke for private talks before the young Royal departed for a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence where he made a speech.

Meghan Markle has stayed with four-month-old Archie in Johannesburg today, but surprised a classroom of female charity workers with a Skype call earlier in the day.

Prince Harry was gifted an enormous book wrapped in bright green paper by the President of Malawi this evening as he continues to cement diplomatic ties on the Royal trip to Africa

After beaming during a handshake with the Duke of Sussex, Peter Mutharika unveiled the square-shaped parcel which bared the colours of the Malawi flag

After beaming during a handshake with the Duke of Sussex, Peter Mutharika unveiled the square-shaped parcel which bared the colours of the Malawi flag

The Duke of Sussex was gifted a book titled 'Together' by the President of Malawi during a meeting on day seven of the Africa Royal trip

The Duke of Sussex was gifted a book titled ‘Together’ by the President of Malawi during a meeting on day seven of the Africa Royal trip 

Harry smartened up into a light grey suit and tie for the meeting, changing out of the more casual clothes he had worn to a girl's school earlier in the day

Harry smartened up into a light grey suit and tie for the meeting, changing out of the more casual clothes he had worn to a girl’s school earlier in the day

The President of Malawi hosted the Duke for private talks before the young Royal departed for a reception at the British High Commissioner's residence where he made a speech (pictured)

The President of Malawi hosted the Duke for private talks before the young Royal departed for a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence where he made a speech (pictured)

Appearing on a television screen in the library of the Nalikule College of Education in Lilongwe, the Duchess of Sussex, 38, waved hello from Johannesburg as the group of young women burst into song for her. 

Prince Harry introduced his wife before the surprise appearance, as she joked about their four-month-old son, who has joined them on their 10-day tour of Africa, saying: ‘Archie’s taking a nap.’ 

The Duke of Sussex was given a warm and energetic reception at the college on his visit to learn how girls have been kept in school by Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). 

The Duchess, a passionate supporter of gender equality, did not travel with Harry to the African country, but is in nearby South Africa with their baby son.  

It remained uncertain if Meghan would be able to make the video call due to possible technical issues – but she delighted the young female advocates with her appearance, having worked closely with the charity in London.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance over Skype and thrilled a classroom of students at their college during Prince Harry's solo stop in Malawi in the couple's southern African royal tour

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance over Skype and thrilled a classroom of students at their college during Prince Harry’s solo stop in Malawi in the couple’s southern African royal tour

Before the duchess appeared, Harry told the women: ‘I know there’s somebody else you’d far rather hear from than me, hopefully if technology doesn’t fail us you may see somebody on the screen.’

Meghan was smiling and said: ‘I’m so happy to be with you, is there a delay?’ and Harry replied ‘no, it’s great keep going.’ 

The duchess went on to say: ‘We’re just so proud as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust that we can support you in everything that you do because we cannot begin to express how valuable and vital that work is, we’re just incredibly proud to be part of it.

‘I wish I could be with you, we’re in South Africa right now, Archie’s taking a nap. I’m with you in spirit.’

On his arrival to the college, Prince Harry joked with pupils as they waved the Union Jack and Malawian flags. A video posted to the official Instagram page of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the choir singing and dancing as Harry watches on in delight. 

Prince Harry greeted many of the pupils as he arrived, before going to the college’s library to meet 40 young CAMA women and CAMFED Malawi’s National Director Harold Kuombola where they held a discussion about education and empowering youth.   

Appearing on a television screen in the library of the Nalikule College of Education in Lilongwe, Meghan Markle waved hello from Johannesburg as the group of pupils burst into song for her

Appearing on a television screen in the library of the Nalikule College of Education in Lilongwe, Meghan Markle waved hello from Johannesburg as the group of pupils burst into song for her

Britain's Prince Harry sits with young female advocates during a visit to the Nalikule College of Education to learn about the CAMA network

Britain’s Prince Harry sits with young female advocates during a visit to the Nalikule College of Education to learn about the CAMA network

In a video posted the Duke’s official Instagram page, he delivers a speech to the group of women, where he talks to them about ‘feeling more empowered than they’ve ever felt before in their lives’. 

A post on the page detailed the work CAMFED does and its 20-year-old alumni network CAMA, which has 17,500 members in Malawi. They work to keep children in school and are positive role models and leaders, working to lift their communities out of poverty. 

For the past 25 years, the project has been tackling poverty by paying for fees, uniforms, and school books to allow teenage girls to complete their education and not being married off by families who cannot afford to support them. 

The Duke of Sussex left the Duchess and Archie – who stole the spotlight when he sat on his mother’s lap while his parents chatted with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu in Cape Town – for his solo tour. 

The Duchess of Sussex was greeted by a welcome song from pupils at a college as he arrived in Malawi for the last stop on his solo leg of the southern African royal tour

The Duchess of Sussex was greeted by a welcome song from pupils at a college as he arrived in Malawi for the last stop on his solo leg of the southern African royal tour

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to Angeline Murimirwa, the Executive Director of Africa CAMFED, during his visit the Nalikule College of Education

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to Angeline Murimirwa, the Executive Director of Africa CAMFED, during his visit the Nalikule College of Education

Despite being seen at the airport on Saturday, there are no official engagements planned for the Duchess in Johannesburg until Tuesday.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has the duke as its president and the duchess as vice-president, has been working with Cama since 2017. 

Later, he will attend a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to highlight the common links and strengthen the meaningful, modern partnership between the UK and Malawi.

The Duke of Sussex will be welcomed by Holly Tett, British High Commissioner to Malawi who will introduce him to High Commission staff and their children. 

Guests at the event will be drawn from the worlds of education, wildlife conservation, charity initiatives, business, culture, youth development and the Commonwealth. 

While Harry has visited Malawi several times privately, this trip will mark his first visit in an official capacity. 

On Monday among the Duke’s engagements will be a visit to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 while on an anti-poaching patrol.  

Pupils of the Nalikule College of Education Lilongwe waved the Union Jack and Malawi flags as they gave Prince Harry a warm and energetic reception on Sunday

Pupils of the Nalikule College of Education Lilongwe waved the Union Jack and Malawi flags as they gave Prince Harry a warm and energetic reception on Sunday

Prince Harry greeted many of the pupils as he arrived at the college, before he is set to meet 40 young CAMA women

Prince Harry greeted many of the pupils as he arrived at the college, before he is set to meet 40 young CAMA women

The Duke of Sussex poses with the CAMA choir on his visit to see the work of the CAMA network supporting young women in Malawi

The Duke of Sussex poses with the CAMA choir on his visit to see the work of the CAMA network supporting young women in Malawi

Pupils wait for a visit by the Duke of Sussex at Nalikule College of Education in Malawi on day seven of the royal tour of Africa

Pupils wait for a visit by the Duke of Sussex at Nalikule College of Education in Malawi on day seven of the royal tour of Africa

It comes after the Duchess of Sussex met with one of the founding members of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement in Cape Town on Saturday.  

Meghan revealed that the ‘countless violations’ against women has ‘weighed heavy on her heart’ and that she was eager to learn about more the situation, she today wrote on the official Instagram page of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess met Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, who was just 18 when she helped lead a march of 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against segregation in 1956. 

At 81, she is the last surviving of the four leaders of the march. Ms Williams-De Bruyn was among the guests at an event to honour South Africa’s female leaders. 

Earlier in the day, Meghan attended the site of the killing to pay tribute to the victim and pass on her condolences to her mother.

In a video posted the Duke's official Instagram page, he made a speech to the group of women, where he talks about to them about 'feeling more empowered than they've ever felt before in their lives'

In a video posted the Duke's official Instagram page, he made a speech to the group of women, where he talks about to them about 'feeling more empowered than they've ever felt before in their lives'

In a video posted the Duke’s official Instagram page, he made a speech to the group of women, where he talks about to them about ‘feeling more empowered than they’ve ever felt before in their lives’

Meghan (pictured) tied an orange ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office, where University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was killed on Saturday, August 24

Meghan (pictured) tied an orange ribbon around the painted veranda of Clareinch Post Office, where University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was killed on Saturday, August 24

This comes after the royals were met with signs of protest as they visited the Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town earlier on the tour.

The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie left Cape Town on Saturday and headed to the next stop on their 10-day royal tour, while Prince Harry jetted off to Malawi. 

Meghan, 38, and her four-month old son were seen at the International Airport before their scheduled British Airways flight to Johannesburg. 

Prince Harry, 35, left Angola on Saturday for the third stop during the solo section of the royal tour, where he will visit young women at a college and meet Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika.  

On Tuesday, Meghan is set to attend a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg.

She will meet academics and students to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing Higher Education. 

Archie was last seen on Wednesday during tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. During the meeting Meghan said her son would have to get used the cameras in his life

Archie was last seen on Wednesday during tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. During the meeting Meghan said her son would have to get used the cameras in his life

The Duchess looked elegant in an Everlane jumpsuit for the engagement and told the inspiring female entrepreneurs that she is determined to 'fulfil her heart's desires' despite being a member of the Royal Family

The Duchess looked elegant in an Everlane jumpsuit for the engagement and told the inspiring female entrepreneurs that she is determined to ‘fulfil her heart’s desires’ despite being a member of the Royal Family

The Duchess will then learn about the work of a charity, which receives UK Aid for its work to tackle sexual violence in schools, reports the Telegraph. 

In the evening Meghan and Prince Harry will be reunited, after he flies back from Malawi to join his wife and son. 

On the final day of the tour the royal pair will be seen together for a visit to a township near Johannesburg to meet with inspiring local youth. 

Although Meghan has been making private appearances, her husband Prince Harry has been seen at several official engagements since leaving his wife in Cape Town in both Botswana and Angola.

The Duke met with the President of Angola and learned about pioneering work on the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their babies which is championed by Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenco.

Uniformed military saluted the Duke of Sussex as he arrived for an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola, on sixth day of his royal tour of Africa.

The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie, pictured together at Cape Town International Airport today before their scheduled British Airways flight, have travelled to Johannesburg for the next part of the 10-day royal tour

The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie, pictured together at Cape Town International Airport today before their scheduled British Airways flight, have travelled to Johannesburg for the next part of the 10-day royal tour

Prince Harry, pictured arriving at Luanda airport before his departure from Angola on Saturday, is set to travel to Malawi, the next stop on his 10-day tour of Africa and the final destination before rejoining his wife and son in South Africa

Prince Harry, pictured arriving at Luanda airport before his departure from Angola on Saturday, is set to travel to Malawi, the next stop on his 10-day tour of Africa and the final destination before rejoining his wife and son in South Africa

Harry later visited a hospital to see the HIV project spearheaded by First Lady Lourenco, who he also met yesterday evening during a reception at the British ambassador’s residence.  

The Prince spent his time in Angola yesterday visiting the place where his late mother Princess Diana launched an anti-landmine campaign, her last major crusade before her untimely death.

He retraced her footsteps, donning the same protective body armour and visor she did 22 years earlier to detonate a device in a partially-cleared field in Dirico, in the south east of the country.

Harry walked into an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government forces who had mined the position in 2000, during the decades-long civil war that tore the country apart.

The Duke of Sussex also met a landmine victim who famously brought Diana to tears 22 years ago during trip to Angola – as she revealed she named a daughter after the princess.  

In Botswana on Thursday Harry hugged a young woman with HIV as he spoke about escaping to Botswana in the wake of his mother’s death.

Ms Thijika (pictured with Diana) described the experience of meeting Princess Diana in 1997 as making her feel 'complete'

Ms Thijika (pictured with Diana) described the experience of meeting Princess Diana in 1997 as making her feel ‘complete’

Sandra Thijika, who was pictured sitting on Diana's knee, described meeting Prince Harry (pictured) as a continuation of a long and beautiful story

Sandra Thijika, who was pictured sitting on Diana’s knee, described meeting Prince Harry (pictured) as a continuation of a long and beautiful story

In a touching reunion, Harry embraced 20-year-old Tlotlo Moilwa, who lost her mother and father to AIDS when she was four-years-old before testing positive for HIV herself. 

The pair met in London two years ago and the Duke clearly recognised Tlotlo as he threw his arms around her.

Earlier in the day, the Prince also gave an impassioned speech backing teenage activist Greta Thunberg as he declared the world was in a state of ’emergency’ and ‘losing’ the battle against climate change. 

He had arrived by the banks of Botswana’s Chobe River in the north of the country to take part in a tree-planting project – straining with dozens of people to get a huge sapling into the ground.

Uniformed military saluted the Duke of Sussex as he arrived for an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola on Saturday - the sixth day of his royal tour of Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie

Uniformed military saluted the Duke of Sussex as he arrived for an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola on Saturday – the sixth day of his royal tour of Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie 

The Duke then stressed saving the environment was a race against time, adding: ‘Led by Greta, the world’s children are striking.’  

The 10-day official tour will continue in Malawi, with Prince Harry expected to arrive in the capital Lilongwe during the morning and during his first day there will visit Nalikule College of Education.

He will interact with young women who are supported to attend and complete secondary school with the help of UKAid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education.

After this stop he will meet President Peter Mutharika and in the evening attend a Reception hosted by the British High Commissioner. 

The Duke of Sussex helped schoolchildren plant trees at the Chobe Tree Reserve in Botswana, on day four of the tour of Africa

The Duke of Sussex helped schoolchildren plant trees at the Chobe Tree Reserve in Botswana, on day four of the tour of Africa

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour schedule 

Day One – 23 September

The tour began in a township in Cape Town, South Africa where Prince Harry and Meghan joined children at a workshop that teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes.

The couple also toured District Six Museum to learn about the work done to reunite people affected by the apartheid.

Day Two – 24 September

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to Monwabisi Beach nearby to learn about Waves for Change’s therapy programme for those who have been affected by violence.

Prince Harry then joined the City of Cape Town Marine Unit to learn about the work done to combat illegal poaching.

In the afternoon, Meghan and Harry visited the oldest mosque in the country and finally attend a reception at the British High Commissioner’s Resident.

Day Three – 25 September

The Sussexes accompanied by baby Archie met the anti-Apartheid Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation.

From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme split – The Duke will travel to Botswana while The Duchess remains in South Africa. 

Meghan then remained in South Africa, visiting the Woodstock Exchange that encourages female entrepreneurs.

Day Four – 26 September

The Duke made a working visit to Botswana, first travelling to Chobe Forest Tree Reserve to join schoolchildren to plant trees and raise awareness of the fragility of these vital ecosystems.

Prince Harry then spent the evening of 26th September at a new HALO Trust demining camp. 

Meghan Markle took part in a Women in Public Service breakfast at the High Commission in Cape Town.

Day Five – 27 September

The Duke remotely detonated a mine in a field outside Dirico. He saw aspects of the legacy that his mother Princess Diana started in raising awareness for the threat of landmines.

He later met members of the local community and victims of landmines. His Royal Highness will give remarks about the importance of continuing de-mining. 

Day Six – 28 September

The Duke has attended an Audience with Angolan President Lourenço at the Presidential Palace.

He then visited the Maternity Hospital Lucrécia Paim to see the work of a project spearheaded by First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço ‘Born Free to Shine’ which focuses on preventing HIV/AIDS transmission from mothers to babies. 

Meghan, meanwhile, visited a memorial to a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country’s high rate of sexual violence.

Day Seven – 29 September

The Duke is set to arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi in the morning. He will later visit Nalikule College of Education and interact with a network of young women who are supported to attend and complete secondary school with the help of UKAid bursaries through the Campaign for Female Education. 

The Duke will then attend an Audience with the President Peter Mutharika, and in the evening attend a Reception hosted by the British High Commissioner. 

Day Eight – 30 September

Prince Harry will fly in to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 while on an anti-poaching patrol.

His Royal Highness will witness an anti-poaching demonstration exercise conducted jointly by local rangers and UK military deployed on Operation CORDED. To conclude,

Meghan will dedicate Liwonde National Park and the adjoining Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project to protect parkland from deforestation and other similar activities. 

Day Nine – 1 October

On the last day of his solo leg of the tour, the Duke will visit the Mauwa Heath Centre before heading back to South Africa.

The Duchess of Sussex will attend a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg. She will also meet academics and students to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing Higher Education.

Day Ten – 2 October

Have joined back up the previous evening, the Duke and Duchess will visit a township near Johannesburg to meet with inspiring local youth.

They will also meet with Grace Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela. To close the tour, the royals will attend an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe. They are expected to depart for London that evening.

 

 

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