The Duke and Duchess of Sussex , Prince Harry , Meghan Markle and their four-month-old son Archie received a rousing welcome as they arrived in a township often dubbed ‘South Africa’s murder capital’ on Day One of their Africa Royal Tour of the contentment
During their visit the couple will watch a workshop that teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community.
Harry and Meghan are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town today on the first stop of their 10-day tour of Africa, where one in 206 people are killed each year.
The organisation is supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has Harry as its president and Meghan as vice-president.
Harry and Meghanare expected to visit a museum dedicated to telling the story of 60,000 inhabitants of various races who were forced to relocate during the apartheid regime in the 1970s.
Security was high ahead of the visit to the grounds of Nyanga Methodist Church with the street blocked off to traffic by police cars and officers stopping people walking past.
But there was a carnival atmosphere inside the compound with female dances in traditional costume, musicians playing and the ecstatic youngsters waving their national flag.
The Duchess also gave a rousing address to a crowd of teenage girls: ‘While I’m here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know from me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.’
Meghan Markle told crowds: ‘You have welcomed us into this community, have been open and honest with us, both about the dangers women and children face, and about how you are addressing them.
Prince Harry is a representative of a former colonial power that was the architect of what transpired in District Six. Forced removals and the other apartheid evils had their roots in colonialism,” he said.
“The English don’t have a good history in South Africa. They enforced and implemented segregation.”
Meghan and Harry appeared relaxed and held hands after they were welcomed by Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk founder, and Theodora Luthuli, Justice Desk community leader.
The mother of one said, ‘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.
‘So to be able to meet all of you today who are standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity, I applaud you.
‘We are encouraged to hear your President take the next steps to work towards preventing gender-based violence through education and necessary changes to reinforce the values of modern South Africa.