Meghan Markle wears the same striped dress from first royal tour

This sold out dress is worth the repeat!
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is donning a royal repeat ... again! On the second day of her tour through Africa with Prince Harry and Archie, she wore the same striped maxi dress that she also wore in Australia.

The Duchess of Sussex wore the flattering dress to attend a reception for young people, community and civil society leaders at the Residence of the British High Commissioner in Cape Town, South Africa.Reuters

And who could blame her! The Martin Grant dress features an elegant square neckline, a naturally cinched waist and a flowing pleated skirt in shades of black, white, green and khaki. She wore it to a youth reception at the British High Commission on Tuesday.

Meghan wore the same dress in Sydney while meeting with a local surfing community group, known as OneWave. Chris Jackson / AP

While the former Meghan Markle has only been in South Africa for two days, the new mom has already worn several outfits, including this dress, a cream-colored sweater, a denim jacket with black pants, an olive green dress with a headscarf and a black-and-white patterned wrap dress by Mayamiko, a designer who uses fabrics from Malawi.

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She also donned another repeat: a sky blue Veronica Beard dress with two slits on either side, a belted waist and pockets.

Meghan donned the same Veronica Beard dress for her first royal tour and her most recent one.Getty Images

She was visiting the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre in Cape Town to learn about how the community is trying to reunite members who were forcibly relocated during the apartheid era.

When she previously wore the dress in Tonga, the 38-year-old chose to pair it with matching blue suede pumps from Banana Republic, showing off her knack for mixing designer items and affordable fashion.

In fact, ahead of the South African tour, the royal paired a nearly $10,000 Valentino dress with $6 earrings from London's Portobello Road Market for her friend Misha Nonoo's wedding on Sept. 20.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrived at fashion designer Misha Nonoo's wedding wearing a black dress and her signature low-bun hairstyle.Remo Casilli / Reuters

Due to the "Markle sparkle" (aka the effect of an item selling out nearly immediately after the duchess wears it), both repeat dresses quickly sold out during her royal tour through New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Tonga last fall. The couple had just announced her pregnancy, making them the perfect maternity dresses.

But the duchess proved they're great post-baby outfits, too. She opted to pair the elegant yet casual Martin Grant frock with black pumps (although we could only get a peek through the floor-length fabric) and opted for a pair of Castañer espadrilles with the Veronica Beard ensemble.

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The duchess's blue Veronica Beard frock is still sold out! To get a similar look, try:

Given the duchess's impeccable style, all eyes will be on her outfit choices over the next 10 days of the tour, but she's also getting attention for her passionate public speaking. She's received a lot of praise for her empowering words during a visit to the Nyanga township in Cape Town Monday morning.

"On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family," she said, "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. I am here with you, and I am here for you."

This story was originally published on Sept. 23.

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