SO WHAT HAPPENED? Prince Harry wanted to raise his children in Africa, 'playing barefoot with African kids'

Prince Harry has a strong affinity for Africa as he has been there frequently and also set up a foundation there to help orphans

SO WHAT HAPPENED? Prince Harry wanted to raise his children in Africa, 'playing barefoot with African kids'
Prince Harry's advisors had reportedly been developing a bespoke role for him and Meghan Markle in Africa (Instagram/alexilubomirski)
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MONTE CITO, CALIFORNIA: Prince Harry reportedly intended to "bring his children up" in Africa according to one of his friends because it was there that he had had many of his best moments. He wanted Archie to grow up in Africa, "playing barefoot with African children," primatologist Dame Jane Goodall reportedly said. It was revealed in 2019 that courtiers had planned to offer the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a significant worldwide position that may have required them to relocate overseas following the birth of their first child.

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According to reports, Harry's advisors were developing a "bespoke" new position for the couple that would mix charitable work, the promotion of Britain and work on behalf of the Commonwealth. The position would presumably be located in Africa. Sir David Manning, a former British ambassador to the US and Harry and Prince William's personal constitutional and foreign affairs adviser, had created the strategy, as per Express

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The plan was never fully realized, and Harry and Meghan Markle relocated to the US before giving up their regal responsibilities. The Sussexes could have had a harder time securing lucrative contracts with American businesses including Netflix, Spotify and BetterUp if they had relocated to Africa. Harry has a strong affection for the region and has been there frequently. He founded Sentebale, a foundation that aids African orphans, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.

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During a conversation interview with comedian Ziwe Fumudoh on an episode of her 'Archetypes' podcast, Meghan revealed that she too has a strong connection to Africa and revealed that she was 43% Nigerian. Her father, Thomas, is Dutch-Irish, and her mother, Doria Ragland, is African-American.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are raising their two children, Archie and Lilibet, in the lush Californian hamlet of Montecito. On Episode 8 of her podcast, Meghan reportedly discussed the pressures that come with being a "good mom, a good wife, or a good partner in a certain way." She revealed that Archie was now in preschool and Lilibet, who goes by the nickname "Lili," has only recently begun walking.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

As reported by Express, Harry pitches in as well, helping Archie go downstairs so they can all have a meal the Duchess loves preparing herself. Meghan continued, “[I] get [Lili] downstairs, then a half hour later Archie’s up, [I] start doing his lunch box right before he’s up, [while] getting [Lili] a little nibble. My husband’s helping me get him downstairs. I make breakfast for all three of them, it’s very important to me; I love doing it. And it just to me feels like the greatest way to start the morning.”

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Meghan and Harry have made the intentional decision to work from home so that they could spend as much time as possible with their children throughout their formative years.

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