How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were welcomed in South Africa
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have stepped out for first outing on tour in South Africa.
Meghan Markle will spend the next five days touring Cape Town while Prince Harry will head up to Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
The Duke and Dutchess of Sussex traveled down to South Africa with their four months old son, Archie.
Leaving Archie behind with his nanny, the couple received a rousing welcomed by a crowd in Nyanga township.
Addressing the crowd, Harry spoke first: “I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family, with my wife by my side, focused on the significant challenges facing millions of South Africans, while acknowledging the hope we feel so strongly here.”
“We are so incredibly grateful to be able to listen and learn from you about the issues that define your daily lives in these communities,” he continued. “And that’s what this is, a community. A community where men and women have a vital role to play. Touching on what your President said last week – no man is born to cause harm to women, this is learned behavior, and a cycle that needs to be broken.
“So now, it’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in, so that you can make a positive change for the future.
”To me, the real testament of your strength isn’t physical, it’s what’s up here and what’s in here. Your strength is in your spirit, which for me means honoring and protecting my wife, and being a positive role model for my son.”
Speaking to the crowd, Meghan Markle said: “And just on one personal note, 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 color and as your sister. 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.”