Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose with newborn baby
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly planning to take their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on his first royal tour.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple are heading to South Africa for two weeks in October and “early preparations have already begun”.

A royal source revealed: “Officials in South Africa have been told to expect a visit by Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie later this year.”

Although no further details have been confirmed, the destination of their debut trip as a family of three comes as no surprise.

Prince Harry has long loved the continent having made frequent visits there after taking a gap year in Lesotho back in 2004.

Two years later, he established Sentebale – a children’s charity designed to help support the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable children affected by HIV.

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Prince Harry in Lesotho
Prince Harry on a visit to Lesotho in December, 2014
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Prince Harry also famously took Meghan on a third date to Botswana.

“We camped out with each other under the stars,” he revealed in the couple’s first joint interview with the BBC. “She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”

Rumours of a tour first surfaced before Archie was even born, when the The Sunday Times reported that “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are already planning their first overseas trip with their child: an official tour of Africa in the autumn.”

If the trip goes ahead, Archie will reportedly become one of the youngest royals to represent the monarchy overseas at just six-months-old.

Although taking a royal baby on tour is nothing new, as Prince Charles and Princess Diana took a nine-month-old Prince William on a six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand back in 1983.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana tour Australia and New Zealand
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later followed in their regal footsteps, as the couple brought along an eight-month-old Prince George on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand
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The Duchess of Sussex and her newborn son have not yet made a public appearance since the celebratory Windsor Castle photo call earlier this month.

It’s rumoured that the next time the nation will see the new parents is at Trooping the Colour set to take place on 8th June at Buckingham Palace.

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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.