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Harry, Meghan, Archie meet Archbishop Tutu

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Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, holding baby Son Archie, during the visit to Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has hailed Prince Harry and his wife Meghan as "genuinely caring" people as the royal couple and their four-month-old son Archie visited the former archbishop in Cape Town.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recently been the subject of scurrilous articles in Britain's tabloid media accusing them of being overly politically correct and contrasted their globe-trotting lifestyle with their stand on climate change.

But the 87-year-old Tutu, a veteran of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, gave them a fulsome welcome on Wednesday.

"It's very heartwarming, let me tell you, very heartwarming to realise that you really, genuinely are caring people," Tutu told them, according to a statement from his foundation.

Much attention was focused on young Archie, making his debut on a royal tour.

He sat on his mother's lap while his father chatted with Tutu, video footage showed.

The family met Tutu and his daughter Thandeka at the Old Granary, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, where the cleric's charitable foundation is based.

A small group of well-wishers waited in searing heat to catch a glimpse of the royals arriving at the Old Granary.

One elderly woman collapsed and had to be moved to the shade where bystanders and police officers helped her.

The couple were presented with a basket of gifts from the Tutu family celebrating South African women, children and non-racialism including matching handmade beaded bracelets in the foundation's colours, a signed set of children's books for Archie written by Tutu, and a signed copy of the Book of Joy written jointly by the Dalai Lama and the archbishop.

Prince Harry was also presented with a pair of framed photographs, one for him and the other for his brother Prince William, of their late mother Princess Diana's meeting with President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1997.

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