The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got a glamorous welcome party as they arrived ‘South Africa’s murder capital’ on Day One of their tour of Africa with their baby Archie.
Harry and Meghan arrived Cape Town today on the first stop of their 10-day tour of Africa.
The couple who made the trip to South Africa with their son baby Archie, were pictured dancing with traditional dancers.
The Duchess also gave a welcome address to a crowd of teenage girls: ‘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.’
The mother-of-one told crowds: ‘You have welcomed us into this community, have been open and honest with us, both about the dangers women and children face, and about how you are addressing them.
‘The rights of women and girls is something that is very close to my heart, and the cause I have spent the majority of my life advocating for because I know that when women are empowered, the entire community flourishes.
‘So to be able to meet all of you today who are standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity, I applaud you.
‘We are encouraged to hear your President take the next steps to work towards preventing gender-based violence through education and necessary changes to reinforce the values of modern South Africa.
‘I do have to say I feel incredibly humbled to be in the presence of all of you as you stand firm in your core values of respect, dignity and equality.
I read a quote a few weeks ago and it resonated with me as I’ve been watching what’s been happening here and your active efforts. Maya Angelou, the legendary poet and civil rights activist, once said: ‘Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.’
Now I know it’s not easy and I know it must feel insurmountable at times, but your commitment to what is right gives all of us hope, especially your brothers and sisters here in your community who need you to continue to shine your light brightly.
‘Your commitment is inspiring, it is energising and it is extraordinary. You must keep going, you must know that what you’re doing not only matters, it is vital because YOU are vital.’