Duchess Meghan starts her last day in South Africa in a beautiful white shirt dress

By Sarah Walker

As the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry wrapped up their royal tour of southern Africa hand-in-hand, Meghan stepped out to her first engagement of the day in her now go-to look: a shirt dress.

We expect we’ll be seeing many more people wearing shirt dresses in the next few months thanks to the Meghan Effect! Photo: © Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images

She and Harry wore colour-coordinated outfits as they toured YES (Youth Employment Service), an organization that seeks to create jobs to keep young people from being “shut out of the economy.” They beamed as they spoke about their time on the continent.

While Meghan wore a white shirt dress from Cape Town-based ethical and sustainble designer Hannah Lavery featuring a belt and front-facing slit, Harry wore a white shirt and khaki pants alongside a light blue blazer. The new mom accessorized her outfit with nude heels, red tassel statement earrings and a beaded bracelet she received during a visit to The Teddy Bear Clinic on Oct. 1. The pair looked perfectly polished and relaxed.

Both Meghan and Harry made speeches at YES, talking about how touched they had been by the reception they received in South Africa. Photo: © Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images

This was the sixth shirt dress Meghan wore while interacting with fans and charities on her 10-day tour of South Africa.

When Meghan met the late Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, later in the day on Oct. 2, she donned a blush pink wrap trench dress from Canadian label House of Nonie.

On Oct. 1, she wore a green shirt dress by Room 502 for an event at Action Aid.

She chose to rock a navy blue midi-dress by Canadian label Aritzia to meet artists in Johannesburg during a surprise engagement on Sept. 30.

And the royal stunned in a khaki green STAUD dress during a visit to Auwal Mosque, South Africa’s oldest masjid, in Cape Town.

Finally, the 38-year-old donned a stunning sky blue dress from Veronica Beard that she previously wore in Tonga.

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Fashion guru Gok Wan isn’t surprised Meghan chose to wear the look so many times while on tour. He recently revealed to HELLO! UK that the look is his go-to for fall 2019.

“I think it’s probably got to be the shirt dress because it gives you a moment of uniformity, it’s very elegant, it’s very wearable, it suits every single body shape,” he said. “It’s got everything you need to give you structure for your look.”

The couple looked so happy to be reunited! Harry travelled to Botswana, Angola and Malawi from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1. Photo: © Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images

At YES, Meghan spoke passionately about her time on the continent and the opportunities she had to meet with young people transforming the country.

“On our last day here in South Africa, thank you all so much,” she said. “As my husband said so eloquently, you really have been such an inspiration for us.

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“And being here today and every level of what we’ve seen, the holistic approach to how you’ve energized and mobilized each other to be part of a bigger change.

“So, thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet with all of you, to be able to feel inspired and for welcoming us so warmly, strongly, beautifully to your country, we’ve loved it. Thank you,” she concluded.

Harry and Meghan are set to return to London with baby Archie late on the evening of Oct. 2.

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