Beaming Meghan opens up on baby Archie as she steals the spotlight in Africa

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Meghan has only been in South Africa for two days but she’s already completely stolen the spotlight as she continues to delight royal fans on her tour with Prince Harry – even managing to honour her late mother-in-law Princess Diana in a very poignant moment on the second day.

The Duchess of Sussex donned a headscarf as a mark of respect halfway through her day as she visited the country’s first and oldest mosque, the Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. It’s the first time she’s been pictured in public in a headscarf, and follows Princess Diana’s lead – who was seen several times before her tragic death wearing one on royal engagements, including her visit to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1991.  The Duchess of Cambridge was also previously pictured wearing one in 2012.

Wearing a full-length olive dress for the outing, Meghan looked smitten as she walked hand in hand with Prince Harry before sitting down with a group of people at the mosque and viewing the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

The day was set out to honour Heritage Day in South Africa, which according to the couple’s official Instagram page, “celebrates the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation”.

Meghan completely integrated herself in the cultural day, looking comfortable as she chatted to people inside the mosque. Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal.
Meghan completely integrated herself in the cultural day, looking comfortable as she chatted to people inside the mosque. Source: Instagram/Sussex Royal.

Meanwhile the duchess showed off her natural beauty in another stand-out outfit at the end of day 2, choosing a long flowing striped dress designed by Melbourne-based Martin Grant that she previously wore while pregnant on a walkabout on Bondi Beach, soon after announcing her happy news in October 2018. Appearing to take inspiration from her sister-in-law Catherine’s thrifty side, Meghan also recycled her blue dress the day before which she previously wore on a visit to Tonga.

Sharing a loving glance with her husband Harry, Meghan flashed a wide smile as the couple arrived at the High Commissioner’s residence in Cape Town for a youth reception in the evening. Their son Archie, four months, remained with his nanny for the evening but he was at the forefront of both of their minds as they both opened up on their son throughout the day.

Meghan recycled her stunning striped dress from her Australia tour for the evening. Source: Getty.
Meghan recycled her stunning striped dress from her Australia tour for the evening. Source: Getty.

According to the Mail Online, an anonymous guest said Meghan told them of the flight over to Africa: “They said it was the longest flight they have taken with Archie. She slept with one eye open – but he was very good.”

Elsewhere, retired school principal Shamiela Sanodien and her sister Nazli Edross-Fakier invited the couple for tea and, according to Vanity Fair, Meghan took the opportunity to speak further of baby Archie. “Meghan was so sweet, we spoke about her being on Suits; we told her we adored her in Suits and she was flattered,” Edross-Fakier told the news outlet. “We talked about her being a new mum. She said it was very exciting and she said she’s really enjoying it. The prince said that Archie was a good little boy and slept on Meghan’s chest most of the time. It was wonderful having them for tea.“

Meanwhile, the duchess started her day by ditching her usual glamour and revealing a more laid-back style in a loose denim jacket to join young South Africans and inspiring members of Waves For Change, which sees hundreds of young people from Cape Town’s townships meet every week at Monwabisi beach to surf and talk through the daily challenges they face with mentors.

Royal fans have showered her with praise on Instagram for her natural beauty and beaming smile for everyone she’s meeting in the country. One commented on social media: “She reminds me of Princess Diana. I see why Harry chose her as his mate,” while another added: “She is seriously so gorgeous.”

Meanwhile one person wrote: “Loving how they get right in with the locals… Love, Love, Love,” while one added: “Now this is a princess!” and one wrote: “How beautiful, colourful and so many happy smiles.”

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