The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'know their royal tour of Africa has to be a success' to turn the tide of bad publicity, a royal expert has claimed, suggesting that baby Archie will play a starring role.
Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, have faced heavy criticism this summer, from their privacy demands over Archie's christening and Meghan's controversial Wimbledon appearance, to their recent private jet controversy.
The couple will top off their summer with their first royal tour as a family, travelling to Africa on Monday for 10 days packed full of engagements.
And now a royal source told Vanity Fair that Meghan and Harry feel the tour is a chance to redeem themselves, saying: 'They and their aides know this tour has to be a success, and everything has been planned meticulously so there is no margin for error.'
Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 38, 'know their royal tour of Africa has to be a success' in order to turn the tide on their controversial summer, according to a royal source
The couple jet off on the first royal tour as a family on Monday, and will travel through Southern Africa for 10 days (pictured, during their first tour together in Australia in October)
Acknowledging that the couple were keen to 'turn the tide' on their controversial summer, royal author Ingrid Seward suggested that baby Archie's appearance on the tour could play a starring role to help change public perception.
She said: 'People will want to see baby Archie who could be the key player in this. I think if they show as a glimpse of Archie it could turn things around for the Sussexes.'
She added: 'It’s a small thing but it could end up being a very big thing in terms of better press coverage. They’ve had a tough run, this is a chance to make it better.'
Ingrid revealed that the couple were well-aware that there was a lot riding on the tour, having had a summer rife with controversy.
Royal author Ingrid Seward suggested that Archie could play a starring role in making the tour a success for the couple, saying: 'People will want to see baby Archie who could be the key player in this.'
The couple have faced a