Meghan Markle Steps Out in Chic Trench Dress for Solo Visit in Johannesburg
Meghan Markle is continuing her work of improving access to education across the world.
The royal mom, 38, attended a roundtable discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is patron, at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday. She met with academics and students to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing higher education.
Meghan stepped out in one of her favorite styles — trench dress from Banana Republic. She paired the look with Stuart Weitzman suede pumps. She has worn the classic look on several occasions, including when she and Prince Harry introduced baby Archie to the world.
Student Tuni Mampame spoke afterwards about the “inspiring” duchess she met at the roundtable discussion.
“To know that somebody that looks like me, who is inspired as me, who possibly has the same background as me is actually thinking of that, is going for it and is getting the necessary support to change different aspects and different parts of our country and our continent. [I’m] Inspired, I think I’m going to use that word a lot today, inspired!”
Meghan also announced a new series of gender grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities and four new scholarships to help students study in different commonwealth countries, allowing cross cultural understanding and an opportunity to deepen their educational studies abroad.
“Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin?” Meghan said during the event. “So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.”
She continued by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Take the first step… you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
On Sunday, Prince Harry visited the Nalikule College of Education in Malawi and saw the impact of U.K. investments to ensure that girls obtain at least 12 years of quality education. The project is supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry is president and Meghan is vice-president.
Although the Duchess of Sussex didn’t physically make the trip with her husband, she did Skype in. As her face appeared on the screen, which was positioned for all to see, the group of young women burst into song — although Prince Harry appeared the most excited!
Meghan told those gathered, “We’re just so proud as president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust that we can support you in everything that you do because we cannot begin to express how valuable and vital that work is, we’re just incredibly proud to be part of it.”
Nearly one year ago, Meghan gave her first-ever royal tour speech on the subject of education at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital,” she said. “When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them. And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is still in Malawi, where he is visiting the Mauwa Health Centre, Pharmacy in a Box and Youth Reproductive Health Outreach program. Through this projects, the UK and US have supported the introduction of solar-powered storage units to provide life-saving medicines where they are most needed.
He will then travel back to South Africa to meet Meghan and baby Archie in Johannesburgy, where they will wrap up their royal tour. The family of three will travel back to London on Wednesday.