The Duchess arrived at the University of Johannesburg early this morning wearing Banana Republic.
This was the first of her solo engagements today. Prince Harry is wrapping up his last day of engagements in Malawi and will be flying back to Johannesburg later; we’ll see the couple at joint engagements tomorrow.
Meghan was at the university in her role as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The ACU is a network of more than 500 universities in 50 commonwealth countries. The Duchess has been patron of the organization since January.
A quick video of Meghan’s arrival at the University.
Below you see Meghan being welcomed by Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University, and Dr. Joanna Newman, the first female Secretary General of the ACU.
There was a large group of students eager to see the Duchess.
The group waves to those cheering Meghan’s arrival.
In this video you’ll see the Duchess walking to the building where the event was taking place.
#Meghan has just arrived at the University of Johannesburg for the first engagement of the day – meeting students and academics to discuss the challenges in SA for young women accessing higher education #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica 🇿🇦 @GMB pic.twitter.com/mf8SKCjc63
— Nick Dixon (@NickDixonITV) October 1, 2019
The Duchess joined a roundtable discussion.
The primary focus: gender equity and broadening access to education. From the Evening Standard’s piece:
She was hailed an “inspiration” to the university’s students by its vice chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.
The duchess, a strong advocate of accessible education for all, said women’s education was key to gender quality.
Some of Meghan’s comments via the Sussex Royal Instagram page:
“Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin? So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.”
She continued by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Take the first step… you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
This 1:45 video is almost entirely Meghan speaking at the event.
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) October 1, 2019
Meghan met with students and educators for to announce a number of new ACU Gender Grants for the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University and University of Western Cape.
The Duchess announced he newest group of recipients of the ACU’s Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, including students from Tanzania, Zambia & Nigeria.
Below, more fans waiting to see the Duchess.
You can hear the loud screams from the students in this video from Victoria Murphy.
— Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) October 1, 2019
Now for our look at what Meghan wore for this morning’s engagement.
A style Meghan is fond of, the dress features classic trench styling with a double-breasted front, notched lapels, slanted welt pockets and belt. It is 100% triacetate with a polyester lining. Our thanks go to Caroline Parr for another fabulous ID!
The Duchess wore her hair down and did not have earrings on this morning.
Meghan brought back her Alemdara Didem Bracelet in yellow gold with a turquoise enamel eye ($338).
Don’t miss our post on Meghan’s second engagement; click here to read “The Duchess in Ethical Label for Visit to Action Aid & Meghan’s Interview”.
This Royal Family Channel piece runs about 4:30.
Here is 14 minutes+ of the University visit from the UK’s 5NEWS.
- Learn more about the Association of Commonwealth Universities at the organization’s website here; the Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here
- The Telegraph’s piece is here; Australia’s news.com story is here; The Evening Standard’s coverage is here;
- A PopSugar gallery is here; Just Jared‘s gallery is here