Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal African tour has come to a close as the royal family arrives back in the U.K. But before leaving, Meghan’s final Africa speech had fans swooning.
On Wednesday, Meghan and Harry visited with British and South African investors at the Creative Industries Business Reception, where Meghan addressed the crowd.
Meghan spoke about the “emotional,” “poignant,” and “spiritual” moments she and Harry experienced on the tour. “We’ve met inspirational leaders in every walk of life, and we’ve been treated to incredible food, music and dancing.” She went on to praise the people they met on the tour, calling them “the rocks behind the sort of work that really means so much to us.”
In an earlier Meghan Markle speech in Africa, she spoke about gender equality, a topic she expanded on in her speech on Wednesday. “My intention for this tour was to meet women across South Africa, to listen and to learn,” she said. “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.”
Meghan also spoke about visiting the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Cape Town in August. “Gender-based violence is a harrowing reality for many women around the world,” she said. “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.”
She ended her speech with a message of empowerment. “In a world that can seem so aggressive, confrontational, and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it,” she told the crowd. “Because whether you’re here in South Africa, at home in the U.K., the U.S., or around the world, you actually have the power within you to change things, and that begins with how you connect to others.”
The final Meghan Markle speech in Africa has won acclaim from fans around the world. On a video of the speech, on fan commented, “This was so beautiful. So well-written and spoken with conviction, confidence, and vulnerability.” Another admirer wrote, “It feels like you are truly leading a new and hopeful way for us to engage with the world around us,” while still another wrote, “We love you Meghan! What a powerful speech.” We couldn’t agree more!