Meghan Markle Gives Moving Speech 'as a Woman of Color' during Royal Tour of Africa

Monica Otayza
Sep 26, 2019
08:20 A.M.
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Meghan Markle made quite an impact in her South Africa Royal Tour with Prince Harry, giving a moving speech "as a Woman of Color" during their first Royal engagement at The Justice Desk. 


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for their 10-day tour. On their first official engagement, Meghan Markle gave a moving speech to a group, where she introduced herself as one of them. 

"I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister."

Meghan Markle hugging a child that welcomed her to South Africa | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


Their First Royal Engagement

The speech was made during the couple's visit to The Justice Desk, an organization that aims to support children, local communities, and vulnerable people. She addressed the crowd with such powerful and emotional words, focusing on the importance of supporting women and children. 

 "The work that's being done here is to keep women and children safer, which is needed now more than ever."


Focusing on Women's and Children's Rights

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in the community to learn about what The Justice Desk does for women, children, and the vulnerable in South Africa, and she made sure to let them know that they were with them every step of the way. After all, Markle says that while she is a member of the royal family, she is also a woman of color, and a sister to all of them. 


"And just on one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister."

Meghan Markle attending her first engagement on the South Africa royal tour | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


The Royal Tour Itinerary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in South Africa with Baby Archie following their delayed flight just a couple of hours prior. While it almost altered the family's plans for their royal tour, everything went according to plan and they were able to attend their first engagement for The Justice Desk. 

Now, they continue their royal tour that aims to focus on community, grassroots leadership, women's and girls' rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and the environment.