Duchess Meghan shines in a headscarf on visit to South Africa’s oldest mosque

By Sarah Walker

The Duchess of Sussex once again showed off her stunning style in South Africa on Sept. 24 at two separate engagements. But it was her trip to the Auwal Mosque — the oldest mosque in South Africa — that she really turned heads.

We love the thought Meghan puts into her style choices, especially when she shows such respect for other cultures and religions. Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

The 38-year-old began the day at Monwabisi Beach in a casual denim outfit, and slipped into a relaxed khaki dress, cream headscarf and Sam Edelman flats for her trip to the masjid.

The look was perfectly on point and showed Meghan’s respect for the religious customs of Islam. She and Prince Harry took a look at the first known manuscript of the Qu'ran in South Africa, and then met with different faith groups. The ensemble also spoke to the sartorial planning the duchess would have done ahead of the trip.

Meghan and Harry were shown the oldest copy of the Qur’an in South Africa at the mosque, which was built in 1794 and symbolizes the freedom of former slaves to worship. Photo: © Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images

"Etiquette is an awareness of, and respect for, a society’s or cultural group’s set of expectations, therefore, this will no doubt be a key consideration for the Duchess of Sussex when she is preparing for her forthcoming trip,” Lucy Hume, Associate Director of etiquette experts Debrett’s told HELLO! UK before the Sussexes left for their tour. "Members of the Royal Family may also choose to support designers from their host country as a homage to their culture, something we are increasingly seeing especially amongst the younger members of the family."

Meghan looked casual in double denim earlier on Sept. 24 Photo: © Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images

Earlier in the day during an active visit to the beach, Meghan paired a Madewell denim jacket with black jeans – denim on denim, Canadians! – with a crisp white shirt, brown flats, a brown tote and sunglasses.

She arrived beaming, looking well-rested after the long journey she, Harry and Archie had had the day before.

PHOTOS: The best pictures from Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's royal tour of southern Africa

Meghan and Harry were visiting the beach to hear about the work done by an NGO called Waves for Change. The organization works with vulnerable children and youth in Cape Town and beyond, providing them with “surf mentors” who use surfing to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

They also dropped in to see The Lunchbox Fund, which is run out of the Waves for Change kitchen. It provides 30,000 meals each day for Waves for Change programs and schools in South African townships and rural areas. It was also one of four charities to benefit from donations made by royals fans in lieu of gifts after Archie was born.

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