The Duchess of Sussex shares picture from secret visit in South Africa

The Duchess of Sussex made a secret solo visit to pay her respects to a student who was murdered in Cape Town last month.

While Prince Harry continues the royal tour in Angola, Duchess Meghan made an unscheduled trip to the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered.

After news emerged of the visit, a post was shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account showing the Duchess tying a yellow ribbon at the site of the student’s tragic death.

‘We stand together in this situation. Harry & Meghan 26th September 2019,’ a personal message from the Duchess read.

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An accompanying caption shared with the royal couple’s 9.5 million Instagram followers said, ‘The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site… to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide.’

It continued: ‘The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences.’

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It was personally important to the Duchess that she visited the site to recognise GBV specifically in South Africa but also across the world. 

The post added that the new mother had been making private visits and meetings over the last few days in order to ‘deepen her understanding of the current situation and to continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls.’

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“Simi kunye kulesisimo” – ‘We stand together in this moment’ The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Capetown, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa. The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences. Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess. Uyinene’s death has mobilised people across South Africa in the fight against gender based violence, and is seen as a critical point in the future of women’s rights in South Africa. The Duchess has taken 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. For more information on the recent events in South Africa, please see link in bio. #AmINext

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Meanwhile, Harry has been stepping out for solo engagements after leaving Meghan and Archie in Cape Town.

Honouring his late mother, the 35-year-old retraced Diana’s steps in Angola as he walked through the same minefield she did 22 years ago. 

Princess Diana found herself at the centre of global attention when she walked through the live minefield in 1997.