The Duchess wore a familiar look for the final engagements of the royal tour.
This afternoon the Duke and Duchess met with Graça Machel, the widow of the late former President Nelson Mandela. Below, a video of the royals as they arrived at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Johannesburg.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are meeting with Graça Machel in Johannesburg on the final day of #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica #Harry #Meghan Mrs Machel told Meghan she felt sure she would work with the couple in the future: “I can feel the vibe.” pic.twitter.com/dnWKzfO7UM
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) October 2, 2019
The Duke last met with Mrs Machel in South Africa in 2015. More from Erin Vanderhoof’s Vanity Fair story:
Machel is known for her humanitarian work in her own right. She has a law degree and won the U.N.’s Nanda medal in 1995 for her work on the rights of refugee children. Harry first met Machel in 2015, when he was on a trip to learn about conservation and endangered animals, and they last saw each other in London earlier this year.
Here you see Harry and Mrs. Machal at that 2015 meeting. They are in Nelson Mandela’s office at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory.
Today the couple was welcomed by Emma Wade-Smith (c), the UK Trade Commissioner for Africa and Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner.
The Sussex Royal Instagram account shared that “Their Royal Highnesses were delighted to be able to meet Graça and her family, and talk about their shared passion for their work on equality and human rights”.Vanity Fair’s story also reports Mrs. Machel said, “It’s wonderful meeting you. I’m sure we’re going to be working together in the future. I can feel the vibe”.
Next on the agenda, a reception celebrating the business relationship between the UK and South Africa.
The event was at the official residence of Emma Wade-Smith (seen at the podium), the UK Trade Commissioner. A quick video of the Duchess and Ms. Wade-Smith.
Meghan and Harry are at the High Commissioner’s Residence for a Creative Industries and Business Reception to meet British and South Africa investors and South African female entrepreneurs… pic.twitter.com/VjVMrDBS1r
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 2, 2019
Guests included “investors, creatives, & leaders both young & young at heart,” per Nigel Casey.
Meghan delivered remarks at the function. More from Omid Scobie’s Harper’s Bazaar story:
The duchess spoke candidly about her hopes for enacting change in South Africa, and the lasting effect the visit will have on her young family.
Over the past 10 days our family has had emotional moments, we’ve had poignant moments, we’ve had spiritual moments; we’ve met inspirational leaders in every walk of life, and we’ve been treated to incredible food, music, and dancing. But above all, we have been able to meet the people that are the rocks behind the sort of work that really means a so much to us…
The royals then made an official call on the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
The meeting was at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the President’s official residence in Pretoria.
The residence offers a stunning view.
Now for what Meghan wore to the varying events this afternoon.
Most everyone recognized her dress immediately, a sleeveless trench style. The Duchess first wore it to the opening of “Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition” in July 2018.
From the Spring/Summer 2018 collection the Sleeveless Trench ($1085 CAD, roughly $815 USD) by Nonie offers a classic trench silhouette and details, minus the sleeves. This piece is made in a stretchy blend of cotton/nylon/spandex fabric that is described as mid-weight.
The Duchess accessorized with the Stuart Weitzman ‘Legend’ pumps in Haze Beige seen earlier today, and at other tour engagements. Unfortunately, the style is no longer available.
And the Alemdara Handan Bracelet in 18ct yellow gold with a turquoise enamel eye (£775, roughly $952 at today’s exchange rates). We show it below as worn at another engagement.
Here is roughly 1 minute of the couple’s meeting with President Ramaphosa and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
Channel 5 offers almost 25 minutes coverage of the day’s engagements in this piece.