David Banda is flown into Heathrow

The African boy Madonna wants to adopt has arrived in the UK.

13-month-old David Banda, who was bundled up in an adult’s hooded top, was carried through Heathrow airport this morning by a nanny after flying in from Johannesburg.

He joined the star and her family, husband Guy Ritchie, 38, and children Lourdes, 10, and Rocco, six, at their luxury London home at 8am.

The singer, 48, had to charter a private jet so the boy could be flown into South Africa from his home in Malawi.

But children’s charities and aid groups are furious that Madonna, who’s been accused of buying herself a baby, removed the toddler just as they were taking legal action to keep him in the country.

According to the country’s adoption rules, prospective parents have to spend 18 months in Malawi before being granted custody.

Madonna, who is setting up a £2m orphanage there, has bypassed this – last Thursday a judge gave her an interim order granting her temporary custody, while her suitability to adopt is evaluated, because it was ‘unrealistic’ to expect a busy person like her to spend 18 months in the African nation.

But Malawi’s Human Rights Consultative Committee started a legal bid on Monday to overturn the order.

Maxwell Matewere, director of Malawi’s Eye of the Child said: ‘We are absolutely furious about what has happened. But we are going to go ahead with our court case.

‘If the court supports our argument, David will have to be returned.’

A spokeswoman for the singer said she’d operated within the law and added: ‘David was issued a passport and a visa was granted on Monday.’