The Duchess in Ethical Label for Visit to Action Aid & Meghan Interview
The Duchess wore a piece by Room 502 for her engagement at Action Aid South Africa.
Above you see Meghan being welcomed by Nondumiso Nsibande, country director of ActionAid South Africa.
The organization is part of Action Aid International, a “global movement of people fighting for women’s rights, social justice and an end to poverty”. Meghan was given a very warm welcome when she arrived.
Action Aid also focuses on climate change and its disproportionate impact on women. More from Channel 24’s coverage.
…Meghan was welcomed by a group of women singing and ululating and two little girls who waited for her with a bouquet flowers and drawings they’d sketched themselves.
Emily Nash shared a video of Meghan being greeted.
Action Aid — Emily Nash (@emynash) October 1, 2019
The looks on these little girls’ faces are precious. The young lady on the far right is Luyanda, age eight.
From Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country story:
During the visit to ActionAid, the Duchess joined a conversation about the nature of violence against women and girls and the work being done to tackle it.
Channel 24 also reports the Duchess “…privately visited a classroom – a sign next to the door read “empowerment” – where an after school girls’ club usually meets. There, she was introduced to many girls between the ages of 12 and 16.”
From Sussex Royal Instagram, today’s post:
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Continuing her visit in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex has visited the charity @actionaid_sa to speak to people working tirelessly to protect young girls in South Africa. The Duchess wanted to use her time here to help her better understand the issue of gender-based violence, and learn more about what was being done to tackle this crisis. @actionaid_sa work with a number of projects specifically helping young women, including the Teddy Bear Clinic, which provides essential support to children and families affected by domestic and sexual abuse, and @sonkegenderjustice, a not-for-profit working across Africa. The Duchess discussed the importance of trying to break a generational cycle and empower young girls, as well as working with boys and young men to raise their awareness so they can be a part of the solution rather than the problem. After the meeting today, The Duchess travelled privately to meet a number of young girls who are being supported by Action Aid and the Teddy Bear Clinic. These girls have come out of situations of abuse and degradation and have found their sense of self, purpose, and confidence in the spirit of sisterhood and community in The Girls Club. The Duchess described them as role models for all. For the privacy and protection of these young women, no photos of this visit will be shared. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ SussexRoyal / Getty / PA images
Now for what Meghan wore at her Action Aid engagement.The Duchess was in a piece by a label we’ve not seen her wear before (at least, not that we’re aware of), Room 502. The brand is owned by Sophie Theallet and her husband, Steve Francoeur. Ms. Theallet owned her eponymous brand for years, and is known for her principles on inclusiveness, diversity and ethical manufacturing. Based in Montreal, the label was launched in 2018. From the Room 502 site:
ROOM 502 is a response to the current state of Fashion. Reconsidering the meaning of luxury today, we set about re-infusing the clothes we wear with meaning and value. Our vision of Ethical Fashion.
Meghan was in the Stephanie Imperial Shirt Dress ($455). Inspiration for the piece is explained on the site: “From Romy Schneider in the Late 60s, this revisited “incontournable” shirt-dress has been a staple, worn by everyone from countesses on vacation to the working woman uniform”. The 100% cotton dress has a fitted silhouette with a button front, short sleeves, oversized patch pockets, and a self-belt.
She wore her reliable Manolo Blahnik BB 105 pumps ($665) in black suede. Another familiar brand you’ll notice today is Pichulik. The Duchess chose the Labyrinth earrings ($120) from the South African jewelry designer. Meghan wore the designer’s Magi earrings yesterday for her visit to Victoria Yards.Our thanks to the Mail Online’s Caroline Parr for her speedy ID of the dress as well as today’s earrings!
Another piece we saw Meghan wearing is her bracelet by Alemdara. It is the brand’s Handan Bracelet in 18ct yellow gold, with .12 carat white diamonds surrounding around a turquoise enamel eye (£775, roughly $952 at today’s exchange rates).
The Royal Family Channel’s coverage is roughly 2:20.
This Press Association video runs about 45 seconds.
The Duchess of Sussex was greeted with flowers and a hug when she visited a charity in Johannesburg pic.twitter.com/M5B6a9FynK
— PA Media (@PA) October 1, 2019
We’ll leave this portion of the post with one more photo of the Duchess and 8-year-old Luyanda.
UPDATE: The Duchess did a pool interview with British media after the Action Aid engagement.Here is the video version.
“we’re reuniting today, which i’m excited for. i’ve missed him so much.” –meghan gushing over harry and talking about archie is so adorable pic.twitter.com/lVIPq3wHQK
— meredith (@meghvnmarkle) October 1, 2019
If interested in reading the quotes, here is Victoria Murphy’s print piece for Town and Country.
“On my goodness, well, we’re doing well. I think the schedule—they have been very kind to me, because everything is based around Archie’s feed times. So it’s a full plate, but we’re making it work. It’s worth it,” Meghan said.
“Being able to be in Africa and South Africa—it’s my first time being in this country—has been really powerful,” she said.
“And Harry has continued on in a couple [of] other countries—we are reuniting today, which I can’t wait for, I miss him so much!—but I think for us it has been a really special trip, because you get to see when you’re focusing on the causes that are really important to us, you can see that the impact is good, and it feels meaningful.”
Below, a video from The HALO Trust shows the Duke’s visit to Angola and his walk through the minefield where his mother walked twenty-two years ago.
— The HALO Trust (@TheHALOTrust) September 28, 2019
Victoria notes that Meghan spoke about gender-based violence and women’s empowerment.
She said: “It’s been very important to me for a long time to focus on women’s and girls’ rights, and especially their empowerment. So to be able to see this from afar, and then now see the work that’s being done on the ground—I think what’s really key is to focus on the work that needs to be done, but also how much incredible work is being done, and to be able to be here and help support those people who are really actively working to champion the rights of women and girls.”
Don’t miss this morning’s post: “Meghan Mixes Old and New for University of Johannesburg Visit”
Also today, Sussex Royal Instagram has posted the accounts they are showcasing for the month of October, as they do the first of every month. This month’s theme is community.
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Following our tradition of rotating the accounts we follow on a monthly basis, for the month of October we are celebrating “community.” • Over the last week on their official tour to Southern Africa, The Duke and Duchess have had a poignant reminder of the importance of community – the sense of support and togetherness that is felt from feeling like you are a part of something that respects difference but also celebrates shared values for the greater good. Please let us know the favourite organisation in your community – one you enjoy volunteering for, or that makes you proud to be a part of – one that supports you personally in your everyday life, and that defines what you feel community is all about. Based on your suggestions we will then choose our new accounts to follow for October. Thanks so much and thanks for being a part of the Sussex community! Photo ©️ High Commission
For those that may have missed it in yesterday’s post, be sure to enter the ✨GIVEAWAY ✨ on our What Meghan Wore Instagram account! Details below:
✨GIVEAWAY ✨ As the Royal Tour comes to an end, we’ve partnered with our friend Adina Reyter to give you a chance to win one of Meghan Markle’s favorite pieces of jewelry.
One lucky follower will win the Solid Pavé Teardrop necklace worn by the Duchess on multiple occasions, including in her official pregnancy announcement photo.
To enter – go to
- Follow @adinareyter & @whatmeghanwore
- Like the post (see below)
- Tag a friend in the comments (extra tags = extra chances to win)
All entries must be submitted by Sunday, October 6th by 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be announced on Monday, October 7th on Instagram.
- The Action Aid International site is here; the group’s Facebook page is here; the Action Aid South Africa site is here; its Twitter feed is here
- Here are links to Action Aid in other countries: the UK site is here; USA site is here; Australia’s site is here
- Channel 24‘s story is here; The Telegraph’s coverage is here; IOL‘s piece is here
- A PopSugar gallery is here; Hello‘s fashion piece is here; the Fug Girl’s coverage is here