- Rachel Burchfield
Sussex Royal Tour: Day 2
Another day in Cape Town has come to a close for the Sussexes.
Harry and Meghan kicked off September 24 – day two of their Royal tour – at Monwabisi Beach, where they met with Waves for Change, a charity that works with local surfers to provide mental health support for youth. They also met with the Lunchbox Fund, which provides daily meals for South African schoolchildren as well as Waves for Change programs.
While on the beach, the couple took part in a group mindfulness activity where all participants had to identify a strength and meditate about it. One of the coaches suggested to Meghan that her strength was dancing, coming off of yesterday’s event in Nyanga township where Meghan (and Harry!) showed off their dance moves. She laughed and said “Not that,” but, rather, parenting is a new strength that she and Harry are learning. Meghan called Harry “the best dad” and Harry responded “No, she’s the best mum.”
At the event, Meghan wore the Misha Nonoo white button-down from her Smart Works capsule collection, black jeans, and a denim jacket, which she paired with tan woven leather flats.
Then, Meghan went to tend to Archie while Harry took a solo trip to learn about combating the poaching of abalone. While seeing each other off to their respective destinations, the couple shared a sweet kiss.
The couple then reunited to visit the Bo Kaap area of Cape Town to celebrate Heritage Day, a holiday which celebrates the diversity of cultural traditions and beliefs in South Africa. Harry and Meghan visited the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, built in 1794 during British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope. They viewed the first known manuscript of the Quran in South Africa and then met members of different faith groups to learn about the work the mosque does to promote interfaith dialogue in Cape Town. Meghan wore an olive green Staud maxi dress, which she paired with a cream-colored head scarf.
The busy day ended with a reception at the High Commissioner’s Residence, where they met young future leaders who were a part of the diverse modern partnership between the U.K. and South Africa. Meghan rocked another rewear, yet again pulling a look from she and Harry’s Australian tour last year. This time it was a striped maxi dress by Martin Grant.
An interesting fact about this tour I failed to point out yesterday – apparently Royal protocol is out the window on this trip. Harry and Meghan requested as “little formality as possible,” according to our friend Katie Nicholl, and they are not expecting those they meet to bow or curtsy or use their Royal titles, preferring to just be called Harry and Meghan.
Also, unrelated to the South Africa trip but still newsworthy – Meghan’s capsule collection, The Smart Set, has been so successful that as of September 22, Smart Works will be provided with a year’s worth of clothing because of the sales of the capsule collection. Way to go, Meghan!
Katie’s coverage of the day:
· Meghan and Harry call each other the “best dad” and “best mum”
· Meghan Markle says that there’s a global “consciousness crisis” when it comes to mental health
· Harry and Meghan’s praise baby Archie’s travel skills during a tea party in Cape Town