MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will take baby Archie to Africa on a commercial flight after being caught up in a private jet row, it was revealed today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fly to South Africa with their four-month-old son in barely two weeks – just after Prince Harry insisted he only flew on private jets to protect his family.
7 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will bring their son Archie along to the Africa tourCredit: PA:Press Association
The 34-year-old claimed he flew on commercial airlines "99 per cent" of the time this week after being criticised for jetsetting on four private planes in just 11 days during the summer.
Speaking at the A'Dam Tower just a few days ago, he told the crowd: "Occasionally, there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, it's genuinely as simple as that."
He and wife Meghan Markle jetted to Nice and Ibiza over barely two weeks in August, creating seven times the normal amount of carbon emissions on the flights, despite preaching over the importance of the environment.
But the couple are expected to travel on commercial flights as they begin their ten-day tour of Africa with baby Archie later this month.
And the Sussexes will throw their weight behind causes including the environment, female empowerment and kids on the tour.
FIRST FAMILY TOUR
Buckingham Palace today announced more details of their trip, revealing the parents would fly with baby Archie to Cape Town on September 23,
And after a number of public appearances together, mum Meghan, 38, is expected to stay in Johannesburg with Archie while Prince Harry, 34, goes to Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
Announcing the tour, the palace said: "This will be Their Royal Highnesses' first official tour as a family.
"Not only will this visit serve as an opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to highlight many of the causes they have been involved with for many years, it will demonstrate a modern UK-Africa partnership in Action".
As part of the tour, Prince Harry, who first visited Africa when he was 13, will also meet a British military unit who are working alongside the local rangers to help combat the threat of the illegal wildlife trade in Malawi.
The new dad will also make a "significant and poignant" trip to Angola to see his mum Princess Diana's legacy, who helped raise awareness for the threat posed by landmines in 1997.
ROYAL AFRICA TOUR
Day One: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will visit a workship in Cape Town that teaches children about their rights and provides self-defence classes
The couple will also tour District Six Museum to learn about the work done to reunite people affected by the apartheid.
Day Two: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel to Monwabisi Beach to learn about Waves for Change.
They will also see the work of the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to schools across towns and rural areas.
Prince Harry will then join the City of Cape Town Marine Unit to learn about the work done to combat poaching.
In the afternoon, Meghan and Harry will visit the oldest mosque in the country and finally attend a reception at the British High Commissioner's Resident.
Day Three: The Sussexes will meet the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation.
Meghan will then stay in South Africa, visiting the Woodstock Exchange that encourages female entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry goes to Botswana where he will join school kids to plant trees.
Day Four: Meghan Markle will take part in a Women in Public Service breakfast.
Day Five: Prince Harry will go to Angola, seeing the legacy that his mother Princess Diana started in raising awareness for the threat of landmines.
He will also visit where his mother was famously photographed.
Day Six: Prince Harry will meet with President Lourenco at the Presidential Palace.
He will then visit a maternity hospital before travelling to Malawi.
Day Seven: Prince Harry will visit a local college that supports women obtaining and education.
He will also meet wiith President Peter Mutharika.
Day Eight: Prince Harry will fly to a national park to pay tribute to guardsman Mathew Talbot, who lost his life while on an anti-poaching patrol.
Day Nine: The Duke will visit the Mauwa Heath Centre before heading back to South Africa
Day Ten: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will again join up, meeting with inspiring local youth
They will also meet with Grace Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela
Diana famously walked through a cleared minefield in Angola in 1997 to highlight the plight of those maimed by military munitions.
Prince Harry is expected to then be reunited with his wife and baby boy, with the tour – focusing on the – finishing on October 2.
A royal source told ITV that the couple would decide closer to the tour if any photo opportunities would include their son Archie.
They said: "The couple hope to include Archie at some point in the programme but its difficult to schedule. He’s 5 months old."
The palace said that while Prince Harry is eager to "support young people across Africa to reach their potential", wife Meghan will also be "working with organisations to promote women's education, health, entrepreneurship and leadership".
The couple are also expected to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation.
They will also speak with Grace Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela.
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It was today revealed that Meghan Markle had jetted to New York to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open – flying commercially.
The mum-of-one is said to have flown this morning and is expected to return to the UK at the end of the weekend.
And Meghan reportedly ruffled a few feathers at the palace by using a Hollywood agent, lawyer and business manager.
The secret US team is looking after her future career — and believed to be in negotiations for her first children’s book.
7 Meghan Markle will care for Archie in South Africa as Prince Harry continues the tour to countries including MalawiCredit: Getty – Contributor
7 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the details of their Africa tour today
7 Prince Harry will visit the same place where his mother walked to raise awareness of landmines in Huanbo, AngolaCredit: Reuters
7 The couple have come under fire for using private jets during the summerCredit: The Mega Agency
7 The couple welcomed baby Archie in MayCredit: PA:Press Association
7 The couple previously headed to Botswana togetherCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
Prince Harry says he travels by commercial aircraft '99 per cent' of the time