Royal Tour: Meghan Markle Paired Navy Midi Dress with Red Slingback Flats for Her Solo Johannesburg Visit in South Africa

The Duchess of Sussex graced the streets of Johannesburg on Monday wearing a navy midi shirt dress which she paired with red slingbacks. She paid an unexpected visit to Victoria Yards where she met with a local denim designer to claim a pair of pre-ordered skinny jean shorts.

The Royal family of Sussex have taken their outreach and good works to new heights. The Royals began this week in Johannesburg, where the Duchess had her solo little side engagements. 

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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal

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THE ROYAL FASHIONISTA

Meghan Markle stepped out in style during her South African tour, as she stormed Victoria yards, Johannesburg adorned in a gorgeous outfit.

The mother of one was dressed in a Navy midi Wilfred by Aritzia shirt dress, buttoned down to her knees, and a pair of red Everlane slingbacks.

Her aura was matched by the beautiful smile she wore throughout her solo visit. She spotted a pair of 45 Euro black earrings she acquired from a local designer in Cape town.

Neither her husband nor her son, Prince Archie was in sight. It was gathered that she left the one-year-old in the care of his nanny, while Prince Harry was faced with other engagements.

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While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and “makers” together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level. It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley. She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment! Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women. These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset). Stay tuned for more updates from this special afternoon... #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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MEGHAN HAS THE HEART OF A QUEEN

While on tour of the Victoria Yards, the Duchess met with several local artisans, artists, sculptors and fabric designers. However, her primary engagement appeared to be to get her order from a local denim artisan, who was the founder of Eponymous Brand Tshepo.

The Duchess had earlier ordered a pair of jeans from the brand, but no one could have predicted that she would show up in person to get the jean shorts.

The designer spoke about the idea behind his choice of design, saying:

“From what we have seen on the internet, she is the type of person who loves skinny fit, so that’s what we made.” 

Meghan’s reaction to the denim piece proved that his effort was worthwhile. The young entrepreneur further revealed:

“When she saw the jeans, the words she said were, ‘o my, o my’ she was very impressed. She loved the jeans. She said she couldn’t wait to try them on.”

The denim designer also gifted the 38-year-old some dungarees for the little prince.

FROM A BOOK-BINDING COACH TO ROYALTY

Their Instagram page @sussexroyal shared photos from the visit as well as an account of Meghan’s activities while on tour. The images included her encounter with some of the children and upcoming artists, whose works she appraised.

The Duchess made a shocking revelation at the Young Bucks organization that she used to be a book-binding coach, after which she purchased three recycled notebooks from the brand interns.

Meghan visits Victoria Yards where she met with local artists and community groups on September 30, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan visits Victoria Yards where she met with local artists and community groups on September 30, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

She, however, did not mention if her book-binding career came before or after her years as an actress. The royal mother’s secret visit to the Victoria Yards was undoubtedly an impactful one, and a day to remember for the locals.

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