That’s a Wrap on the 2019 Africa Tour!

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The big news is the lawsuit the public became aware of yesterday via a rather dramatic announcement from the Duke of Sussex. The Sussexes are suing the Mail on Sunday for the publication of a private letter the Duchess wrote her father, and which was published without her permission in February. Harry offered context for the suit with a personal and emotional statement that called out the British tabloids writ large for unnecessarily attacking his wife.

We’re going to get there, but first I do want to finish wrapping up the rest of the South Africa tour, as well as the Cambridges’ engagement in London, so keep an eye out later today for a deeper dive into this issue. And for the sake of not writing 1,000 posts today, I’m going to combine all the Sussexes’ Johannesburg engagements into one post 🙂

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Meghan Visits ActionAid South Africa For a Discussion on Gender-Based Violence

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The Duchess of Sussex’s second engagement of the day took her to ActionAid South Africa where she joined a roundtable discussion full of NGO leaders to discuss the nature of violence against women in the country and what work is underway to combat it.

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Meghan’s in Johannesburg For the Tour’s Last Leg

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Aaand we’re back at it. Before I get to today I want to quickly cover off on a surprise appearance that the Duchess of Sussex made yesterday at Johannesburg’s Victoria Yards. The site is a community network of artists, metal workers, and carpenters who provide programming for marginalized young people and women…so right up Meghan’s alley.

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Royal Roundup: South Africa, Angola & a Small Parliamentary Crisis

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Oookay, I had been planning on breaking this up into at least two different posts, but this past weekend got away from me, so a one long roundup will have to suffice. Hey, at least we got some history up, no? Let’s start with the Africa tour and then we’ll segue on over to Balmoral and London.

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Meghan Carries on in Cape Town Solo

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Today’s earlier engagement with Archbishop Tutu marked the splitting point for this particular tour – the Duchess of Sussex will carry out a few more appearances in Cape Town today and tomorrow, while the Duke is going on to Botswana, Angola, and Malawi. The family will reunite next week for a final two days of engagements in Johannesburg before flying home.

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Archie Makes His Tour Debut to Meet the Tutus

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Archie Mountbatten-Windsor made his first tour appearance in South Africa today when he joined his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.

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Harry & Meghan Attend Reception at British High Commission

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The third and final joint engagement of the day saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at the British High Commission this evening. Before we get to it, a quick housekeeping item from the afternoon – Meghan’s dress was for Bo-Kaap was ID’d as STAUD. I’ve updated the last post accordingly in case you missed it 🙂

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The Sussexes Visit Bo-Kaap

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The Sussexes’ second joint appearance on Day Two took them to the historic Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the site of South Africa’s oldest mosque, Auwal Mosque. Prior to British occupation, Muslim slaves weren’t allowed to worship, so the mosque now serves two purposes – an active site of worship and a symbol of the freedom to do so.

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Harry & Meghan Hit Monwabisi Beach

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex started off Day Two of their African tour with a visit to South Africa’s Monwabisi Beach. The couple met with the organization Waves For Change, which facilitates hundreds of local youth coming to the beach to surf on a weekly basis and provides mental health and mentoring support.

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Harry & Meghan Visit District 6 Museum

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second engagement of the day took them back into Cape Town for a tour of the District 6 museum, which commemorates the impact of apartheid. The museum was founded in 1994, marking the location where 60,000 families were turned out of their homes after the neighborhood was declared for “whites only.” Now the museum’s floor shows the sites of bulldozed houses and the inscription of personal letters found from former inhabitants.

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