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Prince Harry's Wife Meghan Markle Visits the Memorial of Murdered South African Student

Monica Otayza
Oct 01, 2019
01:00 P.M.
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Meghan Markle made a quick trip to the memorial of slain 19-year-old South African student, hoping to pay respects. 

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Meghan Markle requested her team to take some time off her official schedule to make a personal visit to the memorial of 190-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana. 

Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old student from Cape Town, was brutally raped and murdered in August. Her death sparked outrage and protests from women across the country, demanding that South Africa finally address the issue of gender-based bias. 

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A "Personal Gesture"

The Duchess of Sussex initially wanted to visit the memorial in secret, because he wanted to do it as a "personal gesture."

However, the official Sussex Royal Instagram account posted a photo of Markle tying a ribbon at the post office where Mrwetyana was killed. 

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Meghan's Meaningful Visit

In the post, Markle could be seen tying a ribbon on the post where the 19-year-old was brutally slain. According to the writeup, the Duchess was there to "stand together" with all those who call for justice in the country, especially for the abuses experienced by women and children. 

The Duchess of Sussex during one of her official royal engagements in South Africa | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

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"The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a sand against gender based violence and femicide. Over tha last month in Capetown, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa."

The Sussex account also revealed that the Duchess visited the mother of Uyinene to relay their condolences. 

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Visiting Archbishop Tutu

Before Prince Harry's departure, the Royal family visited Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his home.

Baby Archie's visit to South Africa is his first official Royal engagement, and is close to his dad's heart who has been doing work in the continent for decades.

On the Sussex Royal Instagram account, they showcased a sweet photo of Archbishop Tutu giving Archie a gentle kiss on the forehead. 

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The 10-Day South African Tour

Markle is currently mid-way through her 10-Day South African tour with Baby Archie, as Prince Harry continued his tour alone to Botswana, Malawi, and Angola. 

The Sussex royal family during their visit to Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Their visit to the archbishop marked their last family outing before Prince Harry went on his solo trips. Of course, Meghan has made sure to make meaningful visits on her own solo South African tour and visiting the monument made for Mrwetyana was one that she could not pass on. 

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