The Duchess wore an Everlane jumpsuit for her solo engagements this afternoon.
Following the big morning, when we saw Archie join his parents for his first official engagement, Prince Harry headed to Botswana, Angola and Malawi for solo engagements the next several days.
And the Duchess had two solo engagements, the first at a tech hub called the Woodstock Exchange. The Exchange is located in an area considered “…the creative heart of Cape Town, filled with galleries, studios, street art, and artsy types galore,” per the Afar travel site.
The Duchess as she was welcomed this afternoon. On the right, Shirley Ann Gilbey, the director of the UK – South Africa Tech Hub.
The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports Meghan “…met several women who have set up their own businesses in industries such as technology, conservation and fashion and praised them for “empowering the next generation” of creative minds.”
Today’s event was called Ladies Who Launch. Below, the Duchess and Lara Rosmarin, CEO of Cape Innovation and Technology, during a panel discussion.
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Meghan highlighted the importance of networking between aspiring female entrepreneurs and successful female role models.
During her chat with some of the women, Meghan opened up about being a working mom, saying: “We’re only at five months right now…being a working mom and to be traveling as well with a baby, it’s a lot, but my goodness, it’s all so exciting.”
The Sussex Royal Instagram page carried this post following the engagement.
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Ladies who launch! This afternoon in the Woodstock district of Cape Town, The Duchess of Sussex joined inspiring female entrepreneurs who shared their passion for ideas, technology and making a positive social impact. Each of the women shared amazing stories of how they started in business, the journey they’ve been on – successes and struggles – but also their ambitions for the future. Female empowerment and championing women’s rights is a key focus for The Duchess. By taking small actions we can make a big difference. Thank you to the inspiring women The Duchess met today, who are setting this example every day through their dedication and determination. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images / Sussex Royal
— Emily Nash (@emynash) September 25, 2019
More about the organization via its website.
We train and employ women living with HIV as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities and at understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need, are linked to the right clinical services, and are supported on their treatment journey.
Meghan was welcomed by Limpho Nteko (seen below), a 29-year-old m2m Mentor Mother from Lesotho who manages 16 health facilities and leads a team of 90.TheDuchess
On its Facebook page, Mother2Mother shared the following:
What a day we had welcoming HRH The Duchess of Sussex in Cape Town, South Africa! During her visit, The Duchess heard from three of m2m’s “Mentor Mothers” – the women living with HIV employed by m2m as frontline health workers who are providing vital health education and services to other local women and families.
Meghan spent time with clients, staff and mothers with their little ones.
More about the event from People:
Meghan also came with books, pens and other gifts for the mothers2mothers group that works to help families with HIV in the South African city. The royal mom sat on the floor with the other mothers as the children played.
“The Duchess decided to bring a number of his presents to hand on to South African children and families most in need,” a royal source says.
Among the items Meghan donated was a baby vest or onesie with from London-based lifestyle brand, Mère Soeur. It is the brand’s ‘The Future’ baby vest, £15. The Duchess received the onesie from the brand’s owner, Carrie Roberts, as a baby gift for Archie.
credit: Splash News / Mère Soeur
ITV’s Lizzie Robinson reports that “Meghan encouraged the group to sit on the floor saying: “I just think if it was Archie and we had all these toys in the middle and I made him sit in the chair, it would be so unfair.”
A video from this afternoon’s engagement via Roya Nikkhah.
The Duchess of Sussex is carrying out 2 solo engagements this afternoon, including a visit to @m2mtweets a charity which trains and employs women living with HIV and supports affected families, where Meghan has delivered some of Archie’s clothes and toys #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/CNxwPneZUp
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) September 25, 2019
The Duchess was clearly in her element.
We return to the People story:
“She sat down and within a few moments, she saw that the babies were all being held by their mothers. She saw the play mat, she said, ‘Let’s get these babies on the ground.’ She sat on the ground with us. She pulled us down and she just engaged with the children,” says Frank Beadle de Palomo, President and CEO of the charity.
A video as the Duchess leaves the mother2mother engagement.
— Katie Nicholl (@katienicholl) September 25, 2019
Now for what Meghan wore.
The piece is described as having an “elegant double-V neckline neck, easy wide legs, and a removable tie belt to create a more feminine silhouette. Plus, it’s made of our drapey, wrinkle-resistant Japanese GoWeave—a surprisingly breathable fabric that’s lightweight and travels well.”
The jumpsuit was initially noted when seen in a British Vogue video about Meghan guest-editing the magazine’s September issue.
It looked like Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB Pointed Toe Pumps ($665) in black suede.
eNews Channel Africa has roughly 1-minute on the Woodstock Exchange event.
The network has about 4:40 of the mothers2mothers engagement.
This Eyewitness News piece is almost three minutes.