Archie meets Archbishop Desmond Tutu with mum and dad Meghan and Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have introduced their baby son Archie to the South African peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The four-month-old royal made his first appearance of Harry and Meghan's Africa tour by posing with one of the heroes of the anti-Apartheid movement as he was held by his proud parents.

Archie was the centre of attention as the group, which included the archbishop's daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, joked about his time in front of the cameras.

Meghan said "He's an old soul" while Harry commented: "I think he is used to it already."

The Duchess of Sussex with her son Archie meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Credit: Toby Melville /PA Wire

The archbishop's daughter also joked: "You like the ladies. He's going to be a ladies man."

The veteran Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was effectively the leader of the liberation struggle during Nelson Mandela's long imprisonment, said he was "thrilled by the "rare privilege and honour" to meet the royals.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he was 'thrilled' to meet the royals. Credit: PA

The 87-year-old cleric spent half an hour with the couple and Archie at the historic premises of his Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, the Old Granary, a restored centuries old edifice built by slaves.

The group laughed and giggled as they watched the duchess take her son's arms and dance with the young royal who appeared to be wearing dungarees, a top and socks.

Footage of Meghan and Harry making their way to see the elderly statesman has been posted on the couple's official Instagram account.

Archie is carried by Meghan and the four-month-old is seen smiling and laughing as the Sussexes walk.

The duchess revealed on Tuesday her "transition" to motherhood was made easier as son Archie has been a "wonderful" baby.

Archie was carried by Meghan and the baby was seen smiling. Credit: PA

Meghan opened up about life as parent when she and Harry were invited to meet a Muslim Cape Town family, and have afternoon tea in their home.

The duke also talked about being a father and revealed he likes to bond with his four-month-old son by letting him fall asleep on his chest.

When Meghan and Harry first arrived Mr Tutu greeted them with laughter and beside him was his daughter who is chief executive officer of the Desmond Tutu Desk campaign, which creates portable desks for schoolchildren.

Archie was introduced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Credit: Toby Melville /PA Wire

The foundation is the global rallying point for the archbishop's values about respect of people and the earth.

Established by the cleric and his wife Leah Tutu, its mission is to pass on the statesman and his partner's wisdom and instil their values in the next generation of leaders.

"We are enormously grateful to welcome the Duke and Duchess to our magnificent space, and for their love and respect for the Arch," said foundation chair Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke.

Archie was introduced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Credit: PA

Harry last met the archbishop in November 2015 when the Queen named him as an honorary member of The Order of the Companions of Honour, in recognition of his services to UK communities as well as international peace.

He was also a recipient the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending Apartheid.

Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, he became the first Black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their son Archie meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town. Credit: Toby Melville /PA Wire

During the 1980s, he played a role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of Apartheid.

In 1993, South African Apartheid finally came to an end, and in 1994, South Africans elected Mr Mandela as their first black president.

Mr Mandela also appointed Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, tasked with investigating and reporting on the atrocities committed by both sides in the struggle over Apartheid.

Baby Archie is joining his parents on a royal tour of Africa. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

The father of four chaired the commission and since then has continued to draw attention to a number of social justice issues.

Although he officially retired from public life in the late 1990s, the archbishop continues to advocate for social justice and equality across the globe.

Prince Harry hugs Tutu upon their arrival to the foundation. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Archie was given a book about “the power of words and the secret of forgiveness” in a basket of gifts presented to the Duke and Duchess.

The present celebrated South African women, children and non-racialism.

Harry also received a pair of framed photographs of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales meeting President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 1997, one for himself and the other for his brother, the Duke of Cambridge.

Archie was given an illustrated copy of Desmond And The Very Mean Word written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and based on a true story from his childhood in South Africa.

It tells of how young Desmond’s pride and joy at taking his new bicycle out for a ride through his neighbourhood turns to hurt and anger when a group of boys shout a very mean word at him, and how he learns to show compassion after first responding with an insult.

After the meeting Harry left to prepare for a solo visit to Botswana, the first of three African countries the duke will visit while his family stay in South Africa.

Meanwhile Meghan spoke about enjoying the pressures of being a working mother as she met a dozen female entrepreneurs at an event in Cape Town.

She said she finds juggling royal duties with looking after baby Archie "a lot", but added: "It's all so exciting."

She met several women who have set up their own businesses in industries such as technology, conservation and fashion and praised them for "empowering the next generation" of creative minds.

The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to mothers2mothers in Cape Town. Credit: PA

Speaking to mother-of-two Lara Rosmarin, chief executive of Cape Innovation and Technology, Meghan said: "It must be a lot to juggle.

"We're only five months in right now. Being a working mum and travelling as well with a baby, my goodness it's a lot, but it's all so exciting."

The Duchess of Sussex poses with 12 inspiring female entrepreneurs during a visit to the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town. Credit: PA

The duchess said she found the concept of a company called Relate, founded by Lauren Gills, "fascinating".

The non-profit NGO employs women from disadvantaged backgrounds across South Africa to make bracelets for good causes and was inspired by the Lance Armstrong cancer awareness armband and how it connected people both to a cause and each other.