While her husband is visiting Botswana on duties, Meghan spent her time making a secret trip to the murder site of a young woman whose death has rocked South Africa.
A palace spokeswoman for the Sussexes said “We can confirm that earlier this week the duchess made a private visit to the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make.”
Meghan joined dozens in leaving a yellow ribbon as a tribute writing “‘Simi kunye kulesisimo’ – ‘We stand together in this moment’ – Harry & Meghan 26th September 2019.'”
Uyinene was a 19-year-old university student of Cape Town, who was raped and killed on August 24. Uyinene murder has made a big impact in South Africa, leading to protests against gender-based violence in the country. Meghan spent her morning listening to 9 women’s stories about fighting for gender equality, women’s rights, and revealed in statement afterwards: “I have been so moved by what I have heard. The leadership and strength shown by these women is remarkable, and at a time when the issue of gender and gender-based violence is at the forefront of people’s minds, I hope their voices will resonate and not only give comfort but also create change. This is not just a South African issue, this is a global problem that can only find solution with the attention and work of everyone, regardless of gender, status, politics, race or nationality.”
It was therefor only fitting for Meghan to pay tribute to a victim for those crimes.
In a recent statistic it’s been revealed that a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa.
Meghan and Harry of course shared a touching caption on their Instagram followed by a picture of Meghan leaving the yellow band:
‘The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa.
Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess.
Uyinene’s death has mobilised people across South Africa in the fight against gender based violence and is seen as a critical point in the future of women’s rights in South Africa. The Duchess has taken private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls.’
After the tribute, 17-year-old Aaliyah Jacobs, who goes to school near the post office where the tragedy took place said it means “so much”.
“We love Meghan,” she added “It’s a good thing that she did this. She’s raising awareness and then everyone around the world will be aware of gender violence in South Africa and the terrible murder that happened here at the post office across the road from our school.”
Paying tribute Meghan wore Madewell Embroidered-Strap Swing Top
And a pair of DL1961 ‘Emma’ Skinny Blue Denim Jeans