Mon | Nov 18, 2019

Harry, Meghan could make Africa home

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM
 In this Monday, September 23 photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greet youths on a visit to the Nyanga Methodist Church in Cape Town, South Africa, which houses a project where children are taught about their rights, self-awareness and safety. Self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community are provided
In this Monday, September 23 photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greet youths on a visit to the Nyanga Methodist Church in Cape Town, South Africa, which houses a project where children are taught about their rights, self-awareness and safety. Self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community are provided

Prince Harry has suggested he could move to Africa with his wife Duchess Meghan and their son Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently went on a tour of the continent and in last night’s ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey , the 35-year-old royal reveals his desire to leave the UK and make a life for him, his wife and their five-month-old boy in the place where their “lives and lives’ work” is “focused on”.

Speaking to journalist Tom Bradby, the prince said: “The rest of our lives, especially our lives’ work, will be predominantly focused on Africa.”

Harry fell in love with Cape Town on their visit and said it would make the perfect place for the couple and their son to ‘base’ themselves, though he admitted they are not sure where the best place for them to live would be just yet.

He added: “I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment. We’ve just come from Cape Town.

“That would be an amazing place for us to able to base ourselves.”

The documentary also sees Meghan – who tied the knot with Harry in May 2018 – candidly open up about how the intense scrutiny she has faced since joining the royal family has made her life more challenging.

Effects of scrutiny

Meghan was asked about the effect the scrutiny has had on her “physical and mental health”, to which she replied:

“Look, any woman, especially when they are pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know …

“And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newly-wed, it’s, well …

“Thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Her candid comments came after Harry admitted the loss of his mother Princess Diana has been “a wound that festers” in his life, especially when he is undertaking royal duties.

He tragically lost his mother over 20 years ago when she was involved in a car crash in 1997, and he has now said that dealing with her death has been difficult, as he described his life as a royal as “the worst reminder of her life”.

He said: “I think probably a wound that festers. I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back, so in that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best.”

The ITV crew followed Harry and Meghan throughout the official tour for the hour-long documentary, which was broadcast in the United Kingdom last night, and will be shown next week on ABC in the United States.