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Photos & Roundup: September 30 – Royal Visit South Africa – Day 8

On September 30, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex made a unannounced visit to Johannesburg’s Victoria Yards, a place for artisans and craftspeople to work and share their creations.

Meghan visited several organizations and small businesses including Sneakers 4 Change, an organization that collects and donates sneakers to those who are less fortunate and Young Bucks, a small business that makes books from recycled materials. During the stop, Meghan revealed that she used to teach a bookbinding class. At Sobae Frozen, a small business inspired by a desire to reduce food waste, The Duchess sampled flavors of vegan sherbet made from unused fruit from Victoria Yards.

The Duchess met Tshepo Jeanmaker, a local designer from Soweto who makes custom jeans,he revealed that he received a call from the British Embassy last month requesting he create a pair of jeans for Meghan. He also created a pair of overalls for Archie and was quite surprised that The Duchess picked them up herself.

Meghan also toured Delaney Studio with Contemporary artist James Delaney who works in paint, sculpture, charcoal and print from his studio at Victoria Yards. The Duchess also chatted with several craftsmen and artisans.

At the end of her visit, The Duchess was moved by the original poetry of Belita Andre, the winner of the Poetry Grandslam. In her reading she said: “The Maker’s Valley is a social and enterprise hub, a wave between my corner of the world and yours. Insisting that beyond the anchors of survival. How to make sure that everyone gets to shore, pass around an ocean of stars, not because our sleepless nights are equal but because our dreams are.”

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Photos & Roundup: September 26 – Royal Visit South Africa – Day 4
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Photos & Roundup: September 26 – Royal Visit South Africa – Day 4

On September 26, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to the memorial site of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old student who was brutally tortureed, raped and murdered outside of a post office in an act of gender based violence that has been an issue and cause of protest throughout the streets of South Africa.

According to the Sussex Royal Instagram Account Harry and Meghan had been closely following what had happened and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess even spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences.

During her visit to the memorial site, Meghan tied a yellow ribbon among the others with “Simi kunye kulesisimo: We stand together in this moment” written in Xhosa. This trip was incredibly important to the Duchess as she wanted to recognize Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by Gender Based Violence (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world).

Sussex Royal also revealed that Meghan has taken on a number of private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls.

On Thursday morning, The Duchess also attended a private breakfast for “Women In Public Service” at the High Commission in Cape Town. The invited guests have played a role in the development of South Africa’s institutions, and continue to advocate for women’s rights, education and healthcare. No photos from this event have been released yet and at the time reporters said we would hear more about it “later this week”.

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Photos & Roundup: September 23 – Royal Visit South Africa – Day 1
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Photos & Roundup: September 23 – Royal Visit South Africa – Day 1

NYANGA TOWNSHIP: The first stop on the tour was to the township of Nyanga, whose name means ‘moon’ in the local dialect of Xhosa, it is one of the oldest black townships in Cape Town and was established in 1946 as a result of the migrant labor system. At present time unemployment is above 50 per cent and HIV/Aids is a community issue. The community also has the highest murder rate in the country and tops the lists for car jackings and house robberies. Last year there were a reported 308 murders.

In this town The Duke and Duchess visited the Justice Desk initiative, which teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides self-defense classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. The Justice Desk is supported by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry serves as President and Meghan as Vice-President. While there the Duke and Duchess met Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk Founder and Queen’s Young Leader, Theodora Luthuli, Justice Desk Community Leader, and Sylvia Hobe, Theodora’s mother and the center’s founder. Harry and Meghan observed the Mbokodo project which provides self-defense classes and female empowerment workshops to young girls who are overcoming major traumas. This project’s powerful motto is “wathint’ abafazi wathint’ imbokodo” which means “you strike a woman; you strike a rock” before getting the chance to talk with the girls.

Following the tour of the center, Harry and Meghan both made fantastic speeches which you can view here. Meghan said in part: “While I am here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, 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.” The couple were then presented with a South African Xhosa name for their son Archie, “Ntsika” which means pillar of strength which was given to him by the township’s godmothers, referred to as Gogo’s. In a fun spontaneous moment at the end of the engagement Meghan joined in with the women who were dancing upon their departure. I’m sure this moment will be a favorite of many today.

DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM: In their second engagement of the day The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the District Six Museum. District Six Museum is located in an old Methodist church in the former inner-city residential area. The District Six Foundation was founded in 1989 and the museum in 1994, as a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six during Apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. The Duke and Duchess toured the museum viewing the old traffic signs, exhibits of historical moments and lives of families from the area, historical declarations, exhibits about the demolition, and hand written notes of former inhabitants, which indicate where their houses were located.

After a short walkabout, Harry and Meghan went to the nearby Homecoming Centre where they joined former residents of District Six in a community cooking workshop. The Duke and Duchess were treated to food cooked by local women that showed a variety of recipes. This engagement goes hand in hand with Meghan’s work with the Hubb Kitchen back in London, which showcases the importance of how cooking can bring a community together. It was reported that Meghan did indeed gift the local women a copy of her ‘Together’ cookbook.

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September 20 – Wedding Of Misha Nonoo And Mikey Hess
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September 20 – Wedding Of Misha Nonoo And Mikey Hess

On September 20, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Rome for the wedding of designer Misha Nonoo and oil tycoon Mikey Hess.

The Duke and Duchess have been friends of Misha Nonoo for several years and she is rumored to have set them up on their blind date in 2016.

Others in attendance included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and lots of celebrities including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, James Corden, Paul MacCartney, and Karlie Kloss to name a few.

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September 12 – Smart Works Capsule Collection Launch
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September 12 – Smart Works Capsule Collection Launch

Today, September 12, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex along with her patronage Smart Works launched the Smart Works Capsule Collection in London on the rooftop garden of John Lewis & Partners.

The collection brought together fashion & retail brands, Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo to create a five piece collection of work wear that includes shirts, trousers, blazers, dresses and bags.

The idea for the collection came after Meghan noticed that while donations to Smart Works were plentiful the sizes weren’t always right or the pieces didn’t always fit together.

With this new collection for every item bought, one will be donated to Smart Works.

In a statement released before the launch, Meghan said:

“Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact.

It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Now, one year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good.

When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.

Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”

Meghan also gave a wonderful six minute speech at the launch which you can watch above.

Buy The Items: M&S COLLECTION Crepe Shift Dress | John Lewis & Partners Leather Smart Set Tote Bag (SOLD OUT) | Jigsaw Smart Set Paris Trouser | Jigsaw Smart Set Paris Seam Detail Jacket | Misha Nonoo The Smart Set Shirt

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September 07 – The Duchess of Sussex Attends US Open Women’s Final
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September 07 – The Duchess of Sussex Attends US Open Women’s Final

Today, September 07, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex was in New York City to watch the US Open Women’s Final.

The Duchess arrived in New York on Friday afternoon and will reportedly spend the rest of the weekend in New York before heading back to Britain. Meghan made the last minute trip back to the states to support her friend Serena Williams as she competed against Bianca Andrescu of Canada.

The Duchess sat alongside Serena’s mother, husband, and sister in the player’s box with other notable celebrities including, Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson, Alexandra Raisman, and Cara Delevingne to name a few.

Ultimately, Serena fell short and her 24th record tying Grand Slam still eludes her as Bianca Andrescu became the first Canadian (female or male) to win a major title and the first player born in the 2000s to win a major title.

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July 13 – Wimbledon – Day 12 – The Championships
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July 13 – Wimbledon – Day 12 – The Championships

Yesterday, July 13, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex attended the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Final at The Championships.

The Duchess accompanied The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Matthews to watch Serena Williams play Simona Halep. The Ladies’ Singles Final match was a quick one as Simona Halep beat Serena Williams in 55 minutes to win her first Wimbledon title.

Meghan looked a bit distraught at her friend’s loss, but it was otherwise a great outing for The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex. Meghan and Pippa looked like they get along great as well.

Hopefully, the Duchesses attending Wimbledon will become a tradition!

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July 10 – King Power Royal Charity Polo Day

Yesterday, July 10, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex and Baby Archie made a surprise appearance at King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham, Surrey,

The Duchess of Sussex and Baby Archie joined The Duchess of Cambridge and her three children on the sidelines to cheer on Prince William and Prince Harry who were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy.

The Power Royal Charity Polo Day was held in honour of late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash last October and raised over £1 million for several of the Prince’s patronages.

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July 06 – The Christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

On July 06, 2019 members of the Royal Family joined The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the christening of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Duchess Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland joined a small group of guests including the chosen godparents at a Private Chapel at Windsor Castle for the ceremony. The Queen was unable to attend due to prior engagements.

Photographer Chris Allerton took the portraits in the Green Drawing Room (the same room wedding portraits were taken in) and the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle.

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July 04 – Wimbledon – Day 4 – The Championships

On July 04, 2019 The Duchess of Sussex attended Day 4 of the Wimbledon Championships.

The Duchess was on hand to cheer on best friend Serena Williams as she took on 18-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan in the second round of the championships. Serena is one step closer in going after her twenty-fourth Grand Slam title as she won the match-up.

Meghan was joined court-side by two close friends from Northwestern University, Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis. The rumor mill suspects that these two are the ‘private citizens’ chosen to be Baby Archie’s godparents.

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June 29 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Attend The Boston Red Sox VS New York Yankees Baseball Game
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June 29 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Attend The Boston Red Sox VS New York Yankees Baseball Game

Today, June 29, 2019 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the Boston Red Sox VS New York Yankees Baseball Game.

In her second public appearance while on maternity leave, The Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to watch the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball (London Series), in support of Invictus Games.

Tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park and is the first time Major League Baseball are hosting two regular season games in Europe.

Invictus Games has been selected as charity partner for the Major League Baseball 2019 Series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness.

As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s Softball 60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport.

During their visit The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with players from The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox where they received gifts for Baby Archie. Afterwards, the couple attended a reception for Invictus Games competitors and their friends and family.

Before settling in the watch the game Harry and Meghan headed to the field with competitors to observe the national anthems performed by the Kingdom Choir, who performed at the couple’s wedding and to see the first pitch be thrown.

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June 08 – Trooping The Colour
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June 08 – Trooping The Colour

On June 08, 2019 The Royal Family gathered for Trooping The Colour.

Trooping The Colour marks The Queen’s official birthday which is actually on April 21. Each June over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade travels from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, with Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony.

The Duchess of Sussex took a break from her maternity leave to join the festivites with The Duke of Sussex. This year the couple shared a carriage with The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Cambridges & Sussexes Launch Mental Health Texting Service ‘Shout’
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The Cambridges & Sussexes Launch Mental Health Texting Service ‘Shout’

It’s been a busy week for the royals, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcoming their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveling to Wales for a day of engagements, and Prince Harry visiting the Hague to launch an Invictus Games 2020 countdown. And now, both royal couples are coming together to launch an initiative that speaks to an issue they’ve long championed: mental health awareness.

The Cambridges and Sussexes have teamed up to debut Shout, a text messaging service available 24/7 to those struggling with mental health in the U.K. The program pairs users with trained volunteers to help those in need “move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support,” according to a Kensington Palace announcement.

Shout is a part of the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together initiative, a campaign established in 2016 that works with a variety of charities to break the stigma around conversations surrounding mental health issues.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a joint statement about Shout:

“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future. At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

Prince William also appears in a launch video for the service, discussing the work that went into the launching the program. “Over the past few months, Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes,” he says. “Harry, Meghan, Catherine and I have been able to see the service working up close, and are very excited for its future.”

Shout already has a volunteer base of 1,000, but the organization hopes to increase that to 4,000 by the end of 2019. Prince William closes his message with a final call to action: “This will make a huge difference to people’s lives, and I really hope you will come and join our team.”

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