Meghan and Harry are visiting Waves for Change – an innovative charity that takes children out of the violent neighborhoods they live in and teaches them how to surf and, hopefully, how to heal.
They began the day meeting with mentors from the NGO, which combines surfing with evidence-based mind and body therapy to provide a mental health service to youth living in challenging communities.
Meghan and Harry then joined a group of surf mentors in a circle for a Kilo (a welcoming chant and call and response game).
They were both smiling and lauging
37-year-old Ash Heese who works as a training and partnerships manager at Waves for Change said: “We were invited to share strengths because it’s part of the activity and identifying your strengths, you feel more positive,”
Talking about Meghan, she said: “She looked a little bit hesitant so one of our coaches shared that her participation and her energy and her dancing was one of her strengths. She laughed and said no she doesn’t think so, but parenting is a new strength that she and Harry are learning and developing,” continuing: “She said he’s the best dad, and he said she’s the best mum.”
Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and weekly Surf Therapy sessions Waves for Change provides a mental health service for youth living in instable communities. They give them skills to cope with stress, depression and make positive life choices
Meghan showed off her dance skills again
She was also seen hugging a young girl
During a group bonding activity both Meghan and Harry were asked about their strength. According to reporter Rebecca English “Meghan said it was ‘parenting’, ‘which she and her husband are learning and developing’. ‘He’s the best dad’, she said. ‘Ah, she’s the best mum, Harry replied, looking her in the eye”
While at the beach, the royal couple meet with those from The Lunchbox Fund, which was one of the charities they asked well-wishers to donate to instead of sending gifts after Archie was born.The charity is a nonprofit-organization that provides close to 30,000 meals for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa.
Visiting The Lunchbox Fund Harry and Meghan learned that the charity has been able to feed an additional 750 children this year thanks to the “life-changing” donations that flooded in after Archie’s birth.
A video covering the day:
Before departing Meghan and Harry spoke to the ITV about the initiative, Meghan said: “No matter where you are in the world, if you’re in a township or a big city, everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing, I think there’s a bit of a consciousness crisis.
“But the fact that we are able to be here together and see on the ground how much good work is being done, because people are willing to talk about it and someone is willing to listen, is huge. And that can apply to people here, London or LA – it doesn’t matter where you are, we are all trying to power through and find some optimism.”
Prince Harry then said: “Everyone had experienced trauma, or is likely to, at some point in their life.
“We need to learn from previous generations so it’s not a perpetual cycle.”
They also spoke with Sky News reporter Rhiannon Mills with Meghan saying that: “Just getting people to all talk about it and talk to each other… you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you’re in a small community or a township or if you’re in a big city, it’s that everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.
Globally I think there a bit of a consciousness crisis, and so the fact that we’re able to be here together and see on the ground so much good work that’s being done, just because people are willing to talk to each other about it and someone is willing to listen is huge and that can apply to being here.
You can watch the clip below
After the engagement Harry headed out for a solo engagement – and off course got a goodbye kiss from Meghan
Meghan was dressed very casually and sporty that day, opting for her $118 Madewell Denim Jacket in pinter wash
The jacket is described as “Made with top-of-the-line denim, this perfect-fitting jean jacket will never ever go out of style (take our word for it). Layer this best seller under a blazer for extra warmth, or button it all the way up for a tailored look.”
She added her Mother Denim Looker Skinny Jeans in black to the look
And her J Crew Perfect Shirt
She carried a Canvas Medium Transport Tote by Madewell in British Surplus
And wore her Brother Vellies flats in tan leather
She accessories her outfit with her Le Specs Bandwagon sunglasses.
And the Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings from yesterday.