Royal Tour of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry in Africa

Royal Tour of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry in Africa

 

Since 23 September 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on a Royal Tour in Africa with their 4 year old baby Archie.

1st day visit to Nyanga in Cape Flats, just outside Cape Town

Nyanga, means “moon” in the Xhosa dialect. It is one of the oldest townships in the United States, experiencing significant unemployment and violence. To welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the children of the primary schools of the region organized a demonstration of traditional dances. The Sussex danced with local residents. They shook hands with the young people of Nyanga and gave a big hug to a shy schoolboy. They were very warm with the locals.

To support local designers, Meghan wore a £ 69 black and white dress from the Malawian brand. She has a very noticed speech or she said.

‘While I’m here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know from me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.’

Prince Harry also made a moving speech where he spoke of the coming change for the people. The couple also visited the office of justice in Nyanga City. It is an NGO, supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which the Prince is president and Meghan, vice-president. The purpose of this organization is to teach children their rights, their self-awareness and their safety.

 

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👋🏻 South Africa 🇿🇦 • After months of planning, Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in South Africa today for their official Royal Tour of Southern Africa – focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. Their first stop was to the incredible Justice Desk Project which works to make women and children safer in Nyanga. It’s an issue of vital importance in South Africa and across the globe, their Royal Highnesses wanted to learn first-hand about the issues people face and the work being done on the ground. One of the workshops Their Royal Highnesses saw was the Mbokodo project which provides self-defense classes and female empowerment workshops to young girls who are overcoming major traumas. This project’s powerful motto is “wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo” which means “you strike a woman; you strike a rock” • “And just 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 colour and as your sister.” – The Duchess of Sussex • @TheJusticeDesk Project is supported by the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust and works with community leaders in Nyanga, with the firm belief that if you can change the mindset of a community, you can change the mindset of a country. #SussexRoyalTour #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️PA images / SussexRoyal – video SussexRoyal

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Discovery of the District Six Museum

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the Cape District 6 Museum. This museum is symbolic because it pays homage to thousands of families forced to leave the region during apartheid. During their visit, a guide explains to the royal highnesses the racial history of the region. They learned that in 1966, during apartheid, 60,000 people were forcibly displaced from the city center to the suburbs of Cape Flats because the government declared it to be an area reserved exclusively for whites.

Meghan was visibly moved when she heard Joe Schaffers, age 80, and Noor Ebrahim, age 74, tell how they had been given notice of departure, settled in Cape Flats townships, and had seen their old homes demolished.

During the visit of the District Six Museum, the Duchess of Sussex has changed. She recycled a Veronica Beard blue dress, which she paired with a pair of Castaner Carina sneakers worth £ 80.

At the end of the day, Meghan and Harry participated in a community cooking event with former residents of the area.

Monwabisi Beach

On Tuesday, September 24th, Royal Highnesses, Meghan and Harry traveled to Monwabisi Beach to learn about the work of “Waves For Change”, an NGO that helps children in suburbs and difficult communities, who suffer from mental health, by teaching them to surf.

Harry then went alone by boat with a crew from Cape Town’s Cape Town marine unit to learn more about their work in fighting abalone poaching.

Then, they visited the Waves for Change kitchen, where The Lunchbox Fund charity provides nearly 30,000 nutritious meals each day to the township and rural programs of Monwabisi Beach.

 

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Day two of #SussexRoyalTour is underway, and The Duke and Duchess have joined young South Africans and @WavesForChange to focus on mental health and take part in ‘surf therapy’. • Hundreds of young people from Cape Town’s townships meet every week at Monwabisi beach to surf, but also share stories with mentors and talk through the daily challenges they face. Their Royal Highnesses were able to hear how the sessions are building trust, confidence, and belonging, and they also got to join in as children took part in ‘power hand’, which teaches them how to keep calm down reflect on strengths. While on the beach The Duke and Duchess met @TheLunchBoxFund – which was one of the charities they nominated to benefit from donations following the birth of their son, Archie. Almost 30,000 meals are provided by the charity every day across South Africa, including for three @WavesForChange projects. And before they left The Duke and Duchess joined the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) – which was teaching the surfers about the impact of plastic waste on the ocean. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos EMPICS / PA images / SussexRoyal

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Auwal Mosque in Bo Kaap

In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess discovered the area of Bo Kaap to mark Heritage Day. They visited the Auwal Mosque in Bo Kaap. It is the first and oldest mosque in South Africa.

During her visit to the mosque, Meghan wore a veil and a long dress. The purpose of this visit was to promote dialogue between religions. The couple spoke with Christian priests and rabbis, as well as Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth leaders.

Leaving the mosque, the Duke and Duchess passed through the colorful and multicultural neighborhood of Bo-Kaap. The couple had a lively discussion during a lunch at a family home in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and then have a cup of tea with local residents.

 

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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa’s varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Prince Harry and Meghan met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They were accompanied by their sons Archie. These were very moving moments.

Prince Harry in Botswanna, Angola and Malawi

On Thursday, September 26, the Prince left for a working visit to Botswana. He went to the forest reserve of Chobe Forest. Then he went to Angola. His Royal Highness spent the evening of 26 September in a new HALO Trust demining camp. He visited an active demining field outside Dirico.

 

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Following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, this morning The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. The Duke joined @thehalotrust in their work to help clear the area to enable safe access for the local community. • “If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation’s grandchildren.” – Princess Diana, 1997 Today in Angola The Duke of Sussex will retrace his mother’s steps to see the legacy of her work and how her connection with this community helped make the elimination of landmines a reality. In 1997 Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to bring global attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed. Two decades later, the area has transformed from desolate and unhabitable to lively and vibrant, with colleges, schools and small businesses. The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognise her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular. Princess Diana’s visit helped change the course of history, and directly led to the Convention against Anti-Personal Landmines, also known as the Ottawa Treaty. Today, with the support of @thehalotrust, Angola now has a stated aim under the Treaty to be clear of known mines by 2025. Despite great progress, 60 million people worldwide still live in fear of landmines every day. During his visit today, The Duke will walk along the street which was once the minefield where his mother was famously pictured. #RoyalVisitAfrica #RoyalVisitAngola Photo©️PA

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.Prince Harry then traveled to Huambo, where he made his first official visit to Angola. He made a visit to the Orthopedic Center of Huambo, also visited by his mother in 1997.

He went to discover Liwonde National Park in Malawi. Or, he paid tribute to Guardian Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 during a joint anti-poaching patrol with local rangers. He also visited the Mauwa Health Center. Finally, he left Malawi for South Africa to join his wife and child.

 

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