Meghan Markle’s speech in Africa left an impact when she joined Prince Harry and baby Archie for their first official tour. The Duke and Duchess focused on masculinity, female empowerment, and gender violence in their powerful speeches.
Their first day on the royal tour was spent in the Nyanga township in Cape Town. They learned about The Justice Desk initiative, an organization that teaches children about their rights. They also offer self-defense classes and female empowerment training to young girls.
Our favorite Duchess brought attention to the visit’s significance because of her own African heritage. “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.”
Meghan applauded The Justice Desk for their work and said, “The work that’s being done here is to keep women and children safer, which is needed now more than ever.”
The Duchess commented on how she has been inspired by the local efforts she was able to witness firsthand and quoted poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Fans of Meghan know that the Duchess is a tried-and-true feminist, from her clothing collection with Smart Works to promoting multiple women in her British Vogue. Her efforts in South Africa are another testament to her continued efforts to advocate for women. “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,” said Meghan.
The speech is just one of many that the Duke and Duchess will make while on their royal tour, and we can’t wait to hear what they say next.