See All the Best Photos from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Tour of Africa
The royal couple were greeted by music and dance performances — as well as plenty of hugs from excited children!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry even showed off their dance moves during their visit. “Their dance moves are great. They’ve got their African moves,” Nosisana Nama, 57, says. “They were really enjoyed coming here and sharing this day with us.”
Meghan wore a black-and-white print maxi wrap dress by Myamiko (a fair trade brand from Malawi, one of the countries Harry will visit during the tour!) with black Castañer wedges for the outing.
Outfit change! Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex changed for their second engagement at the District Six Museum.
Meghan opted for a sky blue dress that she previously wore last year during the couple's visit to Tonga.
The new parents joined a community cooking activity to showcase the varied cuisines that demonstrate the cultural diversity of the area.
Meghan and Harry also greeted well-wishers gathered outside the District Six Museum.
Meghan and Harry headed to Monwabisi Beach in South Africa on day two of the tour to see the work of Waves for Change, an organization that supports local surf mentors to provide mental health services to vulnerable young people living in under resourced communities.
During a “power hand” session, in which the participant has to identify a strength and meditate about it, Meghan and Harry praised each other as new parents.
Ash Heese, a manager for Waves for Change, says, "She said parenting is the new strength that she and Harry are learning."
Heese added: “She said, ‘He’s the best dad,’ and [Harry] said, ‘No, she’s the best mom.' "
The paired shared a sweet kiss before heading off in different cars — Harry was undertaking a solo engagement to learn how locals were working to combat poaching of abalone while Meghan went back to check on Archie, who was with his nanny.
Meghan and Harry reunited to visit the Auwal Mosque. It is the oldest mosque in South Africa, built in 1794 during British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope.
Meghan changed into an olive green maxi dress, which she wore with a cream-colored headscarf for the mosque visit.
The Duchess of Sussex tucked a flower behind her ear while walking around the Bo Kaap area of Cape Town.
“The princess was very pretty,” said Sancuna Ngomiyaphi, 7.
As Meghaned leaned down to chat to some of the children from Being Brave yoga group, one lucky girl got an embrace from the couple.
When she was asked how much she would rate Meghan’s hugs out of ten? “10,” 11-year-old Libo Metel said straightaway. “I would say 1,000 if I could. It was very special.”
The pair also took part in Heritage Day celebrations.
Meghan and Prince Harry capped off their second day with a reception for young future leaders.
To kick off the third day of their royal South Africa tour, Prince Harry introduced Meghan and his almost 5-month-old son Archie to an old friend.
On Wednesday morning, the little royal was taken by his parents for his first official royal engagement to meet with famed anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe.
The outing marked Archie's royal tour debut — and his first-ever official royal engagement!
In a video from the visit, Meghan is heard calling her son “Bubba.”
The Duchess of Sussex also joked that her son "likes to flirt."
Next up, Meghan changed into a black jumpsuit to meet female entrepreneurs who work in technology during a visit to the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town, where local creatives can go to grow and support their craft.
Meghan met a young girl and gave her a kiss on the hand.
The royal mom also visited mothers2mothers charity, which trains and employs women living with HIV to be health workers in eight African countries.
The Duchess of Sussex handed over two large bags of “loved but outgrown” clothes from Archie and her friends’ children to donate to the charity. Some of the items include baby clothes that were sent to her and Prince Harry when their son was born in May.
Prince Harry traveled solo to Botswana on Thursday, kicking off the busy day of events with local schoolchildren to plant trees at the Chobe Forest Reserve.
The royal dad also joined Sentebale Let Youth Lead advocates in a camp activity which aims to instill confidence and peer support into young people coming to terms with living with HIV.
The Duke of Sussex's day also included a visit to Chobe National Park, where he dedicated an area of the forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
Meghan had a private meeting on Thursday, hosting a group of South African female activists during her stay in Cape Town to get a better understanding of the work they’ve done in their communities, as well as the problems they face, which includes violence against women.
“We can learn a certain amount from the outside, by tracking it through the news, but it’s not the same as being able to truly understand what it's like on the ground. Much of my life I have been advocating for women and girls’ rights, so this has been an incredibly powerful moment to hear first-hand from all of you,” Meghan said to her guests.
During the trip, the Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to the Cape Town memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana, the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student who was raped and murdered, allegedly by a post office worker.
She had been missing in late August and her death was confirmed in September.
“Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture [Meghan] wanted to make,” her spokesperson confirmed with PEOPLE.
Meghan visited the memorial at the Clareinch Post Office, where Mrwetyana died. The Duchess of Sussex paid tribute by leaving a handwritten message which read: “Harry & Meghan 26th September 2019.” In addition, she wrote, “We stand together in this situation,” in the native language of Xhosa.
Prince Harry followed in his mother Princess Diana's footsteps by visiting a landmine field in Angola, just as she had in 1997.
He then headed to the exact site where his mother walked 22 years ago in Huambo. The former mine field where Diana memorably walked in protective clothing is now a vibrant community, with several colleges, schools and small businesses. A tree, dubbed The Diana Tree, marks the spot where she was photographed in 1997.
Months before her tragic death, Princess Diana visited a hospital in Huambo, Angola, during her 1997 visit to Africa. The royal was pictured holding hands with young patients while wearing a badge for the British Red Cross.
Twenty-two years later, her son Harry made his way to the site, which has been renamed the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre in her honor. Following a recent renovation, the hospital aims to become Angola’s national center of excellence in orthopedic care.
At a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence, Prince Harry met business representatives and learned about Angola’s economic transformation and business landscape.
Prince Harry arrived for his meeting with President João Lourenço at the presidential palace in Luanda, Angola, on Sept. 28.
The royal dad paid a visit to the Nalikule College of Education on Sunday. Harry met with a network of young women who are supported to attend and complete secondary school with the help of UKAid scholarships through the Campaign for Female Education.
During his outing on Sunday, Harry saw first hand 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.
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.”
The royal mom also shared an update on the couple’s son.
“I wish I could be with you,” she continued. “We’re in South Africa right now — Archie’s taking a nap. I’m with you in spirit. I’m so happy, and I can’t wait to hear for the rest of the session.”
On Sept. 30, Prince Harry paid tribute at the memorial site for Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the Coldstream Guards, who lost his life in May on a joint anti-poaching patrol with local park rangers. Guardsman Talbot shared Harry's passion for the role of the British military, working in partnership with local rangers to protect endangered species.