The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just kicked off their first official tour with baby Archie!
On their first stop, they visited a workshop from The Justice Desk, an organization that teaches local residents about human rights and also offers self-defense classes and female empowerment training.
The royal couple chatted with well-wishers, and they both shared adorable moments with some of their youngest fans in the crowd.
The duchess kept things chic yet casual with a black-and-white printed dress and wedge sandals.
Her dress was from Mayamiko, a brand that sources fabrics from local markets in Malawi.
The maxi wrap dress was made from ethically sourced cotton at the Mayamiko workshop, which focuses on empowering female artisans through sustainable fair trade practices.
Four-month-old Archie didn’t make a public appearance this time around, but he is on the trip. Earlier this month, Prince Harry said he has been looking forward to introducing his wife and son to South Africa.
The duke and duchess both made powerful speeches at the event. Prince Harry talked about the need to break the cycle of gender-based violence.
“We are so incredibly grateful to be able to listen and learn from you about the issues that define your daily lives in these communities,” he said. “No man is born to cause harm to women, this is learned behavior, and a cycle that needs to be broken. So now, it’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in, so that you can make a positive change for the future.”
Meghan talked about her commitment to promoting empowerment for women and girls.
“The rights of women and girls is something that is very close to my heart, and the cause I have spent the majority of my life advocating for because I know that when women are empowered, the entire community flourishes,” she said.
She ended her speech with a touching personal message.
“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,” she told the crowd. “I am here with you and I am here for you.”
As they continue their tour, it sounds like the duchess may stay in South Africa, while Prince Harry makes working visits to Malawi, Angola and Botswana.
The royal couple’s Africa tour is definitely off to a great start!