It’s a Royal Repeat for Tour Reception
The Duchess brought back a dress by designer Martin Grant for tonight’s reception in Cape Town, South Africa.
The party was at the residence of British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, and it celebrated the accomplishments of young people.
Town and Country reports the 200-person guest list included “…female township leaders, local entrepreneurs, representatives of the fashion industry, and those working on conservation efforts in the region, among others.”
More from Channel 24’s coverage:
While the guests at the reception included a few famous faces, the Duke and Duchess were delighted to meet the youth involved in ocean protection and conservation, female township leaders, young entrepreneurs, water crisis responders, and more.
“Thank you for introducing us to Cape Town,” Prince Harry began his speech. “Especially to my wife, who hasn’t been to this part of Africa before.”
Below you see the couple with Jade Bothma who is 12, and Hunter Mitchell, age 11. Jade started a charity called Oceano Reddentes; its mission is described as “Saving the sea one piece of plastic at a time.” Both Jade and Hunter were presented with “Point of Light” awards at the reception.
Channel 24’s story quotes Hunter: “I raise money for injured and orphaned baby rhinos after their mothers have sadly been poached. That money goes to rescuing, raising and rehabilitating these baby rhinos back into the wild. So it helps the rhino population grow.”
In this video, you see Meghan admiring Jade’s necklace made of recycled plastic pieces, and also helping Jade out when her shoe slips off.
The Duchess speaking with guests.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore this evening.
From the designer’s Resort 2019 line, the striped dress features a fitted bodice with a full skirt. Thoughts about the look from Tamara Abraham’s fashion column for The Telegraph:
The striped maxidress, by Melbourne-born designer Martin Grant, looks as current as it did the last time she wore it on Sydney’s Bondi Beach – in fact the olive green and ochre hues are very much in keeping with this autumn’s prevailing palette.
The Duchess is re-wearing clothes that she last wore while expecting son Archie and in doing so, she’s showing us that shopping for ‘maternity wear’ isn’t what was. It’s no longer a question of buying specially made or XXL garments that serve no purpose once the baby is born. Instead, Meghan is proving it’s possible to find looks that both accommodate a growing bump and later be a working mum’s wardrobe heroes.
Below you see Meghan in the dress this evening and in October 2018.
Back to The Telegraph fashion piece.
As we all shift towards more sustainable fashion habits, Meghan, like the rest of us, is expecting every item in her wardrobe to work harder than ever before. Instead of buying into ephemeral trends, we’re leaning towards more classic, timeless pieces that we can wear and repair until they fall apart.
The Duchess accessorized with black pumps. It is possible they are the Manolo Blahnik BB Point Toe Pumps in black suede the Duchess has worn on multiple occasions.
The Duchess wore the Jennifer Meyer Marquise-Cut Turquoise ring ($250) and the ring we believe to be her wedding band.
If you’ve not seen today’s earlier coverage, click here for our post on this afternoon’s visit to South Africa’s oldest mosque and the Bo-Kaap neighborhood (L); click here for the post on this morning’s engagements at Monwabisi Beach (R).
Here’s your look ahead to the events on tomorrow’s schedule.
eNCA has 35 minutes+ from tonight’s reception.
This Daily Mail video runs about 1:30.
- a Daily Mirror story is here; Channel 24’s full story is here; The Daily Mail’s story is here; a People article is here; The Daily Express has coverage of the full day in this piece
- Caroline Hallemann’s Town & Country piece is here; Hello’s coverage of the entire day may be seen here; a BBC piece about the day’s events is here; Good Morning America’s coverage of the day’s activities is here;