The Duchess of Sussex met with one of the founders of the anti-apartheid movement of South Africa in Cape Town.
The duchess met Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, who was only 18 when she helped lead a march of 20,000 women to Union buildings in Pretoria to protest against segregation in 1956.
At 81, she is the last survivor of the four leaders of the march.
Mrs. Williams-De Bruyn was one of the guests at an event in honor of South Africa's female leaders.
Women from all over the political and social spectrum who strive for gender equality and women's empowerment were present.
The duchess met Sophia Williams-De Bruyn (photo), who was only 18 when she helped lead a march of 20,000 women to Union buildings in Pretoria to protest against segregation in 1956
Mrs. Williams-De Bruyn was one of the guests at an event in honor of South Africa's female leaders. Also present were politicians Lindiwe Mazibuko – the first non-white leader of the Democratic Alliance Party – and Nompendulo Mkhatshwa of the ANC, one of the youngest women ever to serve in parliament
At 81, she is the last survivor of the four leaders of the march
Meghan also spoke to Dr. Mamphela Ramphele – an anti-apartheid activist, physician, and former World Bank director.
Also present were politicians Lindiwe Mazibuko – the first non-white leader of the Democratic Alliance Party – and Nompendulo Mkhatshwa of the ANC, one of the youngest women ever to serve in parliament.
The Duchess said: “We can learn a certain amount from the outside by following it through the news, but it's not the same as being able to really understand what it's like on the ground.
& # 39; For much of my life I have advocated the rights of women and girls, so this was an incredibly powerful moment to hear from you firsthand.
& # 39; The leadership and power of these women is remarkable, and at a time when gender and gender-based violence are at the forefront of people's minds, I hope that their voices resonate and not only provide comfort, but also create change .
& # 39; This is not just an issue in South Africa, this is a global issue that can only be resolved with the attention and work of everyone, regardless of gender, status, politics, race or nationality. & # 39;
The issue of gender-based violence has dominated South Africa's national debate in recent weeks following the murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a student at the University of Cape Town.
Mrs. Mrwetyana was raped and murdered last month at her local post office after allegedly lured into a trap when she picked up a package.
On Saturday, Meghan visited the scene of the murder to pay tribute to the victim and to pass on her condolences to her mother.
Meghan (photo) tied an orange ribbon around the painted porch of Clareinch Post Office, where Uyinene Mrwetyana of the University of Cape Town was murdered on Saturday, August 24
Uyinene & # 39; Nene & # 39; Mrwetyana, 19, was clubbed to death with a postal scale in Claremont, it is claimed, after allegedly lured in by an employee
A message on the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that the couple had followed the uprising that was caused by the death of the popular student from afar.
The post said Meghan came to pay her respect and solidarity with demonstrators against gender-based violence and femicide.
In addition to a photo of Meghan, the post said: & # 39; The duke and duchess had followed what had happened from afar and both wanted to know more when they arrived in South Africa.
& # 39; The Duchess spoke to Uyinene's mother this week to express their condolences.
& # 39; Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognize Uyinene, and all women and girls affected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also around the world) was personally important to The Duchess & # 39;
With jeans and a cream-colored tunic top with ruffled straps, the duchess is depicted with her yellow ribbon on a fence alongside other multicolored streamers as a tribute to the popular teenager, known as Nene.
A 42-year-old male post office worker has been arrested for the murder.
Local resident Celeste Fortuin, who paid tribute himself, told PA news agency that Meghan & # 39; s gesture would mean a lot to the community.
& # 39; It is a very personal statement she made to say that she understands what happened here, she knows it is important not to let us forget that a young girl with so much potential in her life has her life here lost, and we all have to do something to stop violence against women and children. & # 39;
Archie was last seen on Wednesday during tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. At the meeting, Meghan told her son to get used to the cameras in his life
The duchess looked elegant in an Everlane jumpsuit for engagement and told the inspiring female entrepreneurs that she is determined to fulfill her & # 39; her heart's wishes & # 39; despite the fact that she is a member of the royal family
This is after the royal family was faced with signs of protest when they visited the Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town earlier in the tour.
The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie left Cape Town on Saturday and headed for the next stop during their 10-day royal tour, while Prince Harry left for Malawi.
Meghan (38) and her four-month-old son were seen at the international airport before their scheduled flight from British Airways to Johannesburg.
Prince Harry, 35, left Angola for the third stop on Saturday during the solo section of the royal tour, where he will visit young women tomorrow at a university and meet Malawi President Peter Mutharika.
The mother and son looked relaxed when they were preparing for the short flight earlier today, with Meghan in black jeans, a white shirt and a pair of flat pumps.
Baby Archie was gently rocked, with a blanket over him, and seemed to be wearing a gray sweater and matching socks in combination with navy pants.
The Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie, pictured together today at Cape Town International Airport for their scheduled flight from British Airways, traveled to Johannesburg for the next part of the 10-day royal tour
Prince Harry, pictured on arrival at Luanda airport before his departure from Angola on Saturday, will travel to Malawi, the next stop on his 10-day tour of Africa and the final destination before returning to his wife and son in South Africa adds
New mother Meghan wore her hair tied as she traveled with her son, who last met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Although seen today on the airport's airlift, no official appointments are planned for the duchess in Johannesburg until Tuesday.
On Tuesday she will attend a round table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg.
Meghan will meet academics and students to discuss the challenges young women face in accessing higher education.
The duchess will then do it learn about the work of a charity that UK Aid receives for its work to tackle sexual violence in schools, reports the Telegraph.
& # 39; In the evening, Meghan and Prince Harry are reunited after returning from Malawi to join his wife and son.
On the last day of the tour, the royal couple are seen together to visit a township near Johannesburg to meet inspiring local youth.
Although Meghan has been private appearances, her husband Prince Harry has been seen on various official engagements since he left his wife in Cape Town in both Botswana and Angola.
The duke met the president of Angola and learned about pioneering work in transferring HIV / AIDS from mothers to their babies, which Angola First Lady Ana Dias Lourenco stands for.
Uniformed soldiers greeted the Duke of Sussex when he arrived in front of an audience with leader João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola, on the sixth day of his royal tour through Africa.
Harry later visited a hospital to see the HIV project led by First Lady Lourenco, whom he also met at a reception at the British ambassador's residence last night.
The Prince, who posted SussexRoyal on Instagram account, said the trip to Angola had been very important to him and he thanked the president for & # 39; incredibly warm welcome & # 39 ;.
He wrote: & # 39; The journey was very important for The Duke, allowing him to see the impact his mother had, and also paying attention to issues that are so important to him, especially continuing her work around the world of free landmines. & # 39;
The prince spent his time in Angola yesterday and visited the place where his late mother Princess Diana launched an anti-landmine campaign, her last major crusade before her premature death.
He withdrew her footsteps and put on the same protective bulletproof vest and visor that she did 22 years earlier to detonate a device in a partially cleared field in Dirico, in the southeast of the country.
Harry entered an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government troops who had quit the position in 2000, during the decades-long civil war that tore the country apart.
The Duke of Sussex also met a landmine victim who made Diana famous until tears 22 years ago on a trip to Angola – when she revealed that she named a daughter after the princess.
Sandra Thijika, 38, depicted on Diana's knee, described the experience of meeting the royal as her & # 39; complete & # 39; to feel it.
And when she met Prince Harry, she described the encounter as a continuation of a long and beautiful story.
The princess had not only walked through a partially cleared minefield in Angola to raise awareness about the issue of weapons, but also spent time with people who were mutilated by the ammunition laid during a bloody civil war.
Mrs. Thijika said after a chat with Harry: & I think I met Princess Diana one Tuesday, she came to the center and wanted to see how a prosthetic change was made.
& # 39; At that time I was very small, I was a very small girl and they started measuring my knee so they could see how the prosthesis would fit.
& # 39; Princess Diana watched this process and she started crying when she saw me measuring for a new prosthesis.
& # 39; After measuring my knee, we went outside and sat by a fig tree and she spoke to me and I felt very happy, I felt very complete to have the attention of a princess.
& # 39; It was an honor to sit next to a princess. & # 39;
Sandra Thijika, depicted on Diana's knee, described meeting Prince Harry (photo) as a continuation of a long and beautiful story
Mrs. Thijika (pictured with Diana) described the experience of meeting Princess Diana in 1997 as the feeling that she & # 39; complete & # 39; felt
Mrs. Thijika (left with Prince Harry) said after a chat with Harry (right during a speech): & I think I met Princess Diana on a Tuesday, she came to the center and she wanted to see a change in prosthetic limb was done & # 39;
Harry sounded positive and said to her: & # 39; Your children will grow up to your age and there will be no land mines. & # 39;
In response to Harry & # 39; s promise, the 38-year-old said: & # 39; I am very happy to hear him say that, it feels like work in Angola will continue and we will be land-free. & # 39;
She said about meeting Harry: & This is a long story and this is a nice story because I came from the province to meet the son of Diana, so this puts the focus on all of us with physical disabilities.
& # 39; So it's good for Angola that the world can see that we need help, that we need help, and that a lot can be done for us. & # 39;
It is reported that the Prince also met with President Lourenço to continue the campaign to remove land mines from the country.
Afterwards, the prince said: & # 39; Land mines are an unhealed war sign. By clearing landmines, we can help this community find peace, and peace comes a chance. & # 39;
Uniformed soldier greeted the Duke of Sussex when he arrived in front of an audience with leader João Lourenço on Saturday at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola – the sixth day of his royal tour through Africa with wife Meghan and baby Archie
The Duke of Sussex, pictured left on Saturday during a meeting with First Lady Ana Dias Lourenco, second right, heard about the project before he left for Luanda airport to fly to the next stop on the Royal Tour, Malawi
He and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, also posted on their official Instagram page honoring the work of his mother who "helped change the course of history."
They added: “The duke is humble to visit a place and community that was so special to his mother, and to acknowledge her tireless mission as an advocate for anyone who felt that she had a voice most needed, even if the issue was not universally popular. & # 39;
In Botswana, Harry embraced a young woman with HIV on Thursday as he talked about escaping to Botswana in the aftermath of his mother's death.
In a moving reunion, Harry embraced 20-year-old Tlotlo Moilwa, who lost her mother and father to AIDS when she was four years old before testing positive for HIV herself.
The Duke of Sussex helped school children plant trees in the Chobe Tree Reserve in Botswana, on day four of the tour through Africa
Prince Harry embraced Tlotlo Moilwa, who lost her mother and father to AIDS when she was four years old and is HIV-positive during a visit to the Kasane Health Post, run by the Sentebale charity, in Botswana on Thursday
The couple met in London two years ago and the duke clearly recognized Tlotlo when he put his arms around her.
Earlier in the day, the Prince also made a passionate speech that supported teenage activist Greta Thunberg, declaring that the world is in a & # 39; emergency state & # 39; and the fight against climate change & # 39; lost & # 39 ;.
He had arrived on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana in the north of the country to participate in a tree planting project – with dozens of people working to get a huge sapling in the ground.
The duke then emphasized that saving the environment was a race against time and added: & # 39; Under Greta's leadership, the world's children are striking. & # 39;
Harry also talked about how Bostwana offered him a place to escape after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said: I have been coming here for fifteen years, it is a sense of escapism, a real sense of purpose … I have had some of my best friends here over the years.
& # 39; I came here in 1997 or 1998 right after my mother died, so it was a nice place to get away from it all. I feel deeply connected with this place and with Africa. & # 39;
Tomorrow the 10-day official tour will take place in Malawi, with Prince Harry expecting to arrive in the morning in the capital Lilongwe and on his first day he will visit Nalikule College of Education.
He will communicate with young women who are supported in attending and completing high school through UKAid scholarships through the female education campaign.
After this stop, he will meet President Peter Mutharika and attend a reception organized by the British High Commissioner in the evening.
Among the Duke's engagements, Monday is a visit to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guardian Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 during an anti-poaching patrol.
The royal tour schedule of the duke and duchess of Sussex
Day one – September 23
The tour started in a township in Cape Town, South Africa, where Prince Harry and Meghan accompanied children in a workshop that teaches children about their rights and offers self-defense lessons.
The couple also toured the District Six Museum to find out more about the work done to reunite people affected by apartheid.
Day two – 24 September
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to nearby Monwabisi Beach to learn more about the Waves for Change therapy program for people affected by violence.
Prince Harry then joined the unit of Cape Town to find out more about the work being done to combat illegal poaching.
& # 39; In the afternoon, Meghan and Harry visited the oldest mosque in the country and eventually attended a reception at the residence of the British High Commissioner.
Day three – 25 September
The Sussexes accompanied by baby Archie met the anti-apartheid Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Tutu at their old foundation.
From here, the program segment splits from their royal highness – The Duke travels to Botswana while The Duchess stays in South Africa.
Meghan then stayed in South Africa and visited the Woodstock Exchange, which encourages women entrepreneurs.
Day four – 26 September
The duke paid a working visit to Botswana and first traveled to Chobe Forest Tree Reserve to plant trees with school children and raise awareness of the fragility of these vital ecosystems.
Prince Harry then spent the evening of 26 September in a new demolition camp of HALO Trust.
Meghan Markle participated in a Women in Public Service breakfast at the High Commission in Cape Town.
Day five – 27 September
The duke exploded a mine at a distance in a field outside of Dirico. He saw aspects of the legacy that his mother Princess Diana started raising awareness for the threat of landmines.
He later met members of the local community and victims of landmines. His Royal Highness will comment on the importance of continuous mine clearance.
Day six – 28 September
The duke attended an audience with Angolan president Lourenço in the presidential palace.
He then visited the Lucrécia Paim Maternity Clinic to see the work of a project led by First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço "Born Free to Shine" that focuses on preventing HIV / AIDS transmission from mothers to babies.
Meanwhile, Meghan visited a memorial for a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country's high rate of sexual violence.
Day seven – September 29
The duke arrives in Lilongwe, Malawi in the morning. He will later visit the Nalikule College of Education and communicate with a network of young women who are supported to attend and complete high school through UKAid scholarships through the female education campaign.
The duke will then attend an audience with President Peter Mutharika and attend a reception organized by the British High Commissioner in the evening.
Day eight – September 30
Prince Harry flies to Liwonde National Park to pay tribute to guard Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May 2019 during an anti-poaching patrol.
His Royal Highness will witness an anti-poaching demonstration exercise conducted jointly by local rangers and British soldiers deployed in Operation CORDED. To conclude,
Meghan will dedicate Liwonde National Park and the adjacent Mangochi Forest to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project to protect the park against deforestation and other similar activities.
Day Nine – October 1
On the last day of his solo stage of the tour, the duke visits the Mauwa Heath Center before returning to South Africa.
The Duchess of Sussex will attend a round table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities in Johannesburg. She will also meet academics and students to discuss the challenges that young women face in accessing higher education.
Day ten – 2 October
The duke and duchess returned the previous evening and will visit a township near Johannesburg to meet inspiring local youth.
They will also meet Grace Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela. To conclude the tour, the royals will attend an audience with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr. Tshepo Motsepe. They are expected to leave for London that evening.
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