Meghan Markle and Prince Harry learn how the legislative capital of South Africa brings people together.
After a busy Tuesday morning when the couple visited a mental wellness group on Monwabisi Beach and Harry made a solo trip to learn about fighting abalone poaching, Meghan and Harry visited the Auwal Mosque. It is the oldest mosque in South Africa, built in 1794 during the British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope.
Meghan Markle changed from a casual outfit (including a denim jacket) to an olive-green maxi dress made from recycled fabric nylon from STAUD. She added a cream-colored headscarf for the mosque visit.
During the outing, the royal couple saw the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in South Africa, prepared by Tuan Guru (first Imam) from his memory while imprisoned on Robben Island. They then met members of different faith groups to learn about the work the mosque is doing to promote inter-religious dialogue in Cape Town. The Auwul Mosque welcomes visitors from all denominations and organizes inter-religious dialogues to develop inter-communal and inter-religious understanding between the diverse communities of South Africa.
Islam was first introduced to South Africa by exiled Muslim leaders and Cape Malay slaves in the late 1600-1700s. Prior to the British occupation, slaves were not allowed to worship Islam. Nowadays, the mosque symbolizes the freedom of former slaves to worship the Muslim community.
Meghan and Harry’s visit to Africa marks their first royal tour with their 4-month-old son, Archie, who saw them leave early Monday morning and left their plane in Meghan’s arms.
Meghan Markle visits South Africa with Harry before leaving solo for engagements in Botswana, Angola and Malawi. The Duchess of Sussex is expected to remain with Archie in South Africa.
During a briefing at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, the private secretary of the couple Samantha Cohen told reporters that “this visit will not only be an opportunity for the duke and duchess to emphasize many of the causes they have been dealing with for years , it will demonstrate a modern UK-Africa partnership in action. “
“The love of the Duke of Sussex for Africa is well-known; he visited the continent for the first time at the age of 13 and more than two decades later, people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day, ”she added. “As the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador of Her Majesty, the duke now has a platform to support young people in Africa in achieving their full potential.”
Then Meghan and Harry will visit the Bo Kaap area to mark Heritage Day, and then end the day by attending a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence to meet young future leaders.