Following a visit to the Tembisa Township this morning, where they visited several initiatives tackling unemployment, it was back to Archie briefly before travelling to meet to meet Graca Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela. The anti-apartheid revolutionary and former president met with several members of the Royal family over the years, including the Queen, and Charles and Diana. Harry and Meghan were delighted to honour his legacy today.
Harry last met Mrs Machal during his 2015 visit to the country.
They had a lovely chat with Mrs Machel who told them she hoped to work with them in the future, saying: "I can feel the vibe." Roya Nikkhah reports they discussed their time apart. Meghan said: "I've been holding things down on this side." Whilst Harry told her he'd been in several countries.
Graca told Harry it's been "wonderful" seeing him retrace his mother's footsteps in Angola.
Meghan says she has been “holding things down on this side” as Harry has travelled through Southern Africa. Mrs Machel told Harry: It was so nice to see you in Angola.The Princess of Wales and all the steps she has taken. It was wonderful.” #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/QdLuxOxIU7— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) October 2, 2019
Afterwards, they attended a reception celebrating the UK and South Africa's business and investment relationship. Guests included South African investors and entrepreneurs. They also met representatives from Meghan's patronage the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
We've heard several powerful and inspiring speeches from both Harry and Meghan throughout the tour. In some ways, I think, Meghan saved the best for last, delivering deeply moving words on how heavily the death of Uyinene weighed on her, feeling powerless, and sharing hope for the future: "I have learned from the people I’ve met here, that whether it’s about society’s expectations of masculinity or femininity, or how we divide ourselves by race or faith or class or status- everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be heard and respected."
The entire speech is available in the video below at 16.00.
Meghan's full speech:
'Thank you for yet another wonderful welcome, I can’t believe it’s almost time to say goodbye to this country.
From the moment we arrived we were greeted by the rhythm and energy of the Mbokodo girls in Nyanga - and I knew that this trip was going to be something incredibly special. So, just begin by saying thank you to all of the people we’ve met - on behalf of both of us, and of course Archie - we are so grateful. This trip has meant so much to us as a family, but also to me personally.
As you know, reading about the death of Uyinene, and hearing about the protests weighed heavily on my mind. Gender based violence is a harrowing reality for many women around the world. And for some, like the beautiful and talented Uyinene, this violence has taken women from us who have - who had - a life full of hope and dreams ahead of them. Yet if there is any possible hope in this situation, if there is some sliver of light, it is that people are paying attention like never before.
The recent crisis has sparked a much-needed conversation in South Africa, and the world is listening. I met a group of young girls yesterday who wanted to talk to me about their experience. Some of which was harrowing.
Yet despite everything they had been through, they said the saddest thing was to watch the continued degradation of women, and that they wanted to be part of a movement where both women and men play a role in turning that around.
As someone who has been a long-time advocate of women's and girls’ rights, I worried about what was happening and my intention on this tour was to meet with women across South Africa to listen and to learn.
So from students to politicians, from apartheid campaigners of the 50s to teenagers on a beach, from the mothers with HIV providing health care to their community, and to the entrepreneurs who are driving the businesses of the future - they all showed me a power and a solidarity that, in this moment, in this time, all women, and all people, can take strength and inspiration from. Because these amazing African women have discovered self-belief and found their worth.
At our visit this earlier this morning I was struck by a small sign that was posted on the wall for the female entrepreneurs – and it said: “visualize your highest self, and show up as her”. This is the spirit of the women and girls I have met on this trip.
They are not defining themselves by how they compare to others, or making their success and marking it against historical expectations. They are simply paving their own path, they have their own voice, and they are being listened to.
And as I’ve said before, I firmly believe that all women have a voice, they just need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to feel encouraged to listen. There is a role for all of us here. As women we can listen to one another, and lift each other up, we can raise our boys to be men who value women. And for men and boys, you can lead by example and not let your mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and girlfriends ever feel that they are lesser than you.
I remember being a young girl watching TV and seeing what was happening in the world, and frankly, often feeling despair. Because when you continue and constantly see and hear negativity, it can be overwhelming; you can feel powerless, and lost, you can feel different, confused, or like you don’t belong.
And I’m sure there is a young girl or boy watching this and thinking the maybe exact same thing. So, this is for you.
In a world that that can seem so aggressive, confrontational, and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it. Because whether you’re here in South Africa, at home in the UK or the US, or around the world, you actually have the power within you to change things, and that begins with how you connect to others.
I have learned from the people I’ve met here, that whether it’s about society’s expectations of masculinity or femininity, or how we divide ourselves by race or faith or class or status- everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be heard and respected. And if you live your life in that way, your generation will start to value each other in ways the rest of us have not yet been able to do so.
Over the past 10 days our family has had emotional moments, we’ve has poignant moments, we’ve had spiritual moments; we’ve met inspirational leaders in every walk of life, and we’ve been treated to incredible food, music, and dancing, but above all, we have been able to meet the people that are the rocks behind the sort of work that really means a so much to us. It has been affirming to learn that we’re not alone in the things that we believe in, and the principles we hold so dear.
No matter how different our lives may seem - Africa, you have made us feel part of your community, of our shared community.
On our visit to the Mosque in Bo Kapp, one of the women told us that the way we change the world is to honour the dignity of difference. And in this we can find strength. When we can bridge divides, and meet, as human beings with different experiences, we can all find connection – and in that connection we become more aware of one another, more aware of our place in the world. We find hope, and self-worth, we can find optimism and courage, and ultimately, we can find joy.
So whether for Harry, Archie and me in South Africa, or for my husband as he was travelling Botswana, Angola and Malawi, please know that you have all given us so much inspiration, so much hope - and above all, you have given us joy.'
Finally, Harry and Meghan met President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
They exchanged gifts including artwork and Meghan gave the couple a copy of Together: Our Community Cookbook.
High Commissioner Nigel Casey shared a photo of the Duke and Duchess with the President and Dr Motsepe at Mahlamba Ndlopfu. A beautiful image closing the tour.
The Duchess wore her sleeveless blush House of Nonie trench dress. It was a very thoughtful choice as she first wore it in July 2019 to officially open the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The $1,085 dress by the Canadian ethical brand is described as: "A light trench coat from the Nonie SS18 collection. This sleeveless trench is cut from a stretchy mid-weight cotton blend fabric and features an open detail in the back and front tying straps."
People spoke to the founder of the brand:
"Nina Kharey, Founder & Creative Director of NONIE, tells PEOPLE: “I’m honored she chose to wear the sleeveless trench dress again and it’s amazing to know she keeps this piece in her closet as a staple. She styled the garment very similar to the first appearance, looking effortlessly chic for her last day in South Africa!”
Meghan wore her favourite Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps in haze beige.
Meghan accessorised with the Jennifer Meyer turquoise stud earrings she's worn on a number of occasions during the tour.
And the matching ring.
To view today's earlier post please click here. Meghan wore a cream shirtdress by South African designer Hannah Lavery.
And that brings the royal tour to a close. As we've seen in Ireland, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand and Morocco, when it comes to representing the Royal family abroad, Harry and Meghan do supremely well. For me, they brought it to the next level in southern Africa. At times it was as if we were watching seasoned diplomats at work. They navigated each engagement and every stop, with professionalism and grace.
Meghan didn't shy away from addressing one of the toughest issues in South Africa and for that she should be commended. Gender violence levels are at breaking point, women across the country have taken to the streets to protest with a clear message: we have had enough. Meghan took that message across the globe during the tour. From visiting the post office where nineteen-year-old student Uyinene so brutally lost her life, to meeting children and teenagers who have been the victims of sexual and domestic violence, Meghan has shown us how serious she is about her role.
Hearing so many young women speak out in praise of Meghan's work and how much it meant to them sealed what was already a runaway success of a royal tour. The Duchess purposefully chose a working wardrobe full of affordable staples and repeats to avoid another onslaught about the cost of her clothes. This tour was all about the work, every step of the way.
The Sussexes will return to the UK with Archie tonight. As we know, they are taking legal action against The Mail On Sunday. Undoubtedly we'll see endless arsenic-laced comment pieces and stories emerge. It's worth remembering, Harry and Meghan have done their best to work with the media during the tour. We've seen and heard far more than we would on most royal tours. Several brief interviews, Harry writing for the Telegraph, Meghan talking candidly, and a photo opportunity with Archie. At the end of the day, the only aspect that should be judged is their work. Over the past ten days they have done themselves, the Queen and the UK proud.
It's been a truly special tour for me to cover personally. Hearing the experiences of women in South Africa on the blog and from others who got in touch moved me to tears on more than one occasion. As women, we absolutely must support one another - a message Meghan conveyed every step of the way. A special mention to James Whatling, Stephen Lock, Andrew Parsons and all the photographers who did an outstanding job covering all the events. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who followed the tour on Mad About Meghan, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.