On Sept. 23, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, fresh off an overnight flight from London, arrived at an engagement to visit an initiative run by Justice Desk, an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa. They heard about the important work the organization is doing to teach children about their rights and self-awareness and safety, and provide self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community.
After touring the facility in Nyanga township and making speeches, Harry and Meghan were treated to a performance by some dancers – and then they got involved! Meghan held hands with one of them, and then start dancing herself. Harry thought the display was wonderful and then got in on it himself!
Meghan’s passionate speech addressed issues of gender-based violence, and she thanked the community for the incredible welcome they’d shown the Sussexes.
“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 said. “I am here with you and I am here FOR you and I thank you so much for showing my husband and I the spirit of Ubuntu and I look forward to our time over the next few days together.”
Powerful words to the women and girls of South Africa facing gender-based violence from Meghan: “I’m here with you as a mother, a wife, a woman, a woman of colour, as your sister” #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica#sussexroyaltour pic.twitter.com/ANhaxzIDOb
— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 23, 2019
Later in the day, the Sussexes will travel to District Six, a neighbourhood in Cape Town from which 60,000 people were forcibly relocated in the 1960s during the Apartheid era. They will tour a museum dedicated to the neighbourhood’s history, and then visit its Homecoming Centre, where they’ll take part in a cooking activity.
Harry and Meghan are visiting southern Africa for 10 days. They’ll spend three days in Cape Town before Harry leaves for separate solo trips to Botswana, Angola and Malawi before returning to South Africa to reunite with Meghan and Archie in Johannesburg. The tour wraps Oct. 2.