Duchess of Sussex gives a Heartfelt Speech on the Final Day of Tour of Africa

At a reception in Hyde Park in Johannesburg this afternoon,  Meghan reflected on the tour which she said was especially important to her on a personal level:

"This trip has meant so much to us as a family, but also to me personally. As you know, reading about the death of Uyinene and hearing about the protest weighed very heavily on my mind. Gender based violence is a harrowing reality for many women around the world, and for some, like the beautiful and talented Uyinene, violence has taken women from us who have – who had – a life full of hope and dreams ahead of them". 

On the issue of gender-based violence, Meghan added:

"If there is any possible hope in this situation, it is there is some sliver of light, it is that people are paying attention like never before."

Meghan said the 'it was intentional on her part on the Sussex Royal Tour' for her to meet with women and learn about the challenges they’re facing before saying, "they all showed me a power and solidarity that in this moment, in this time, all women and all people can take strength and inspiration from."

More poignantly, Meghan referred to the negativity in the world (not far removed from her own current experiences at the hand of the press,) saying:

"I remember being a young girl watching TV and seeing what was happening in the world, and frankly, often feeling despair. When you constantly see and hear negativity, it can be overwhelming; you can feel powerless and lost, you can feel different, confused, or like you just don’t belong. And I’m sure there is a young girl or boy watching this and thinking the exact same thing. So, this is for you: In a world that that can seem so aggressive, confrontational, and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it. Because whether you’re here in South Africa, at home in the UK, the US or around the world, you actually have the power within you to change things, and that begins with how you connect to others."

"I have learned from the people I’ve met here, that whether it’s about society’s expectations of masculinity or femininity, or how we divide ourselves by race or faith or class or status - everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be heard and respected. And if you live your life in that way, your generation will start to value each other in ways the rest of us have not yet been able to do so."

You can see her full speech on the @sussexroyal Instagram account.

Meghan gives a heartfelt speech on final day of tour of Africa 2019
Meghan giving her speech and receiving much applause

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