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Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “We are here to work, this is not a holiday.”

Even a red carpet welcome is not part of the plan.

The Mother City will on Monday welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the first day of their tour to South Africa but according to Vanity Fair, the visit will strictly focus on business.

Upon their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t get the traditional red-carpet welcome. Instead, Harry and Meghan will head directly to a women‘s shelter in one of Cape Town’s well-known townships.

According to EWN, The 10-day tour will keep the royals busy, with a total of 35 engagements on their itinerary.

Aides who spoke to Vanity Fair said the two royals also want to meet as many South Africans as possible and make a difference when they can.

The message is clear said one source, “We are here to work, this is not a holiday..

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will have a busy first day, with three events scheduled.

They will be welcomed by British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, who tweeted that he was looking forward to their visit.

The 10-day tour officially starts on Monday afternoon with a visit to a township in Cape Town where the royals will meet locals – the details of this event has, however, been kept secret.

After this, they will head to District 6 where they will tour the museum and learn about the history of the area. During this stop they will also meet former residents of the area who were forcibly relocated during apartheid.

A busy first day ends in District 6 where Harry and Meghan will join a local cooking activity.

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It’s not clear if South Africans will get a glimpse of the couple’s five-month-old son, Archie, but speculation is that there are plans to have the youngster at some of the engagements.

More: Vanity Fair

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