Everything Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Done in South Africa
Keeping up with the couple on their royal tour.
by : Christina Tourloukis- Sep 26th, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in the midst of a ten-day trip throughout South Africa. The royal tour is expected to consist of visits with different charitable foundations in the country. Here’s what they’ve done so far.
Meghan wore a double-breasted trench dress by Banana Republic, which is now completely sold out in the khaki shade, on her solo visit to University of Johannesburg. During her visit, Meghan met with academics and students to discuss challenges met by young women in accessing higher education.
Later on, the Duchess stopped by ActionAid Charity to learn from and speak to those working to protect young girls from gender-based violence in South Africa. She wore a green cargo dress by Room 502 for the occasion.
The Duchess’ 8th day of the royal tour included a surprise visit to Victoria Yards, a regeneration project that is home to design studios and art galleries, bringing together local artisans and makers. During her visit, Meghan took particular interest to a local denim designer, who’s eponymous brand is titled ‘Tshepo Jeans.’
On Sunday, Prince Harry participated in an engagement held at Lilongwe’s Nalikule College of Education supporting the Campaign for Female Education. Meghan made a surprise appearance via Skype and was given a special welcome where students sang and danced.
Later on that day, The Duke was met with President Peter Mutharika to thank him for the warm welcome in his country.
On day 6 of the royal tour, the Duchess privately honored Uyinene Mrwetyana, a victim of gender-based violence whose passing led thousands of people to protest the country’s high rate of sexual violence. Meghan was seen tying a ribbon at the site of her death in Cape Town.
Harry started his day by following in his mother’s footsteps – quite literally, as he visited a community in Angola, now land mine free thanks to a campaign launched by Princess Diana 22 years ago.
Harry told reporters, “It’s incredibly emotional to follow in the footsteps of my mother… If 20 years ago she hadn’t done what she did, this would still be a minefield.”
In the evening, the Duke is expected to attend a reception held at the British Ambassador’s Residence to learn more about Angola’s economic transformation.
September 26th marked the fourth day of the royal tour, with Harry starting his day planting trees alongside school children in Botswana at the Chobe Forest Tree Reserve.
After, he visited the Chobe National Park where a part of the forest was dedicated to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. From there, Harry spent the evening with an organization his mother famously supported, HALO Trust de-mining camp, in hopes of continuing her work there.
Meanwhile, Meghan continued the tour in Cape Town where she attended a “Women in Public Service” breakfast at the High Commission.
On the third day of the royal tour, Meghan and Harry met with retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu at his legacy foundation in Cape Town. While Meghan wore a printed silk midi dress from Club Monaco, all eyes were on the couple’s son, Archie, for his first official royal appearance.
Later on, the Duchess arrived to her first solo event in Manolo Blahnik pumps, Gas Bijoux gold earrings and an Everlane jumpsuit. She met with mothers2mothers charity, which trains and employs women living with HIV in eight African countries.
Meghan and Harry made time to head to Monwabis beach to visit local charities. The Duchess was seen in a Madewell denim jacket, a white linen shirt from J.Crew and black jeans by Mother Denim. To complete her look, she wore leather huaraches by Brother Veilles, a label founded by Canadian Aurora James.
Later that day, the Sussexes took a tour of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood located in Cape Town. Meghan attended a tea party wearing a Staud khaki maxi dress (available for pre-order) and Sam Edelman flats.
On the first day of the royal tour, Meghan and Harry visited a history museum in Cape Town. For the outing, Meghan wore a Veronica Beard shirtdress and Castañer espadrilles.
When the Duke and Duchess stopped by the Nyanga township, Meghan wore a wrap dress by the sustainable brand, Mayamiko. Markle gave a powerful speech to the group: “On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I want you to know that for me, I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” she said. Read it in full here.
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