The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented a tight-knit front for the last day of their royal tour. This appearance was less than a day after their announcement of pursuing legal action against the Mail on Sunday.
The Royal couple arrived holding hands on Wednesday for their visit to Tembisa, a township in Johannesburg. They went on to meet with young entrepreneurs and discussed youth employment services in South Africa. In furtherance of this move, the duo met Chef Mish—a local master chef— who told them about his local cafe as well as a catering business.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle then went on to attend a training session aimed at helping young people learn new skills and get jobs. The Royal couple also spoke to Moss, an organic produce farmer and with the Blossom Care Solutions women – an organization that produces sanitary pads for the community’s women.
The Duke made a brief speech at a point where he spoke about the youth employment services hub. He also announced the U.K.’s donation of £8 million for a “Skills for Prosperity” program.
Prince Harry talked about his “whirlwind” tour of Africa and why he sees it as his “second home”.
While speaking, he said, “Every time I come here; I know that I’m not alone.”
“I always feel—whenever I am on this continent—that the community around me provides a life that is enriching, and is rooted in the simplest things—connection, connections with others and the natural environment.”
The Duke went on to say that he will definitely pass on to his son what he has learned from Africa concerning the value of the natural world, friendship, and community.
He also spoke about the launch of their foundation and how he and the Duchess have been inspired by the efforts they’ve witnessed this week. Prince Harry promised they would strongly stand for what they believe. He said they were fortunate enough to be in a position that provides incredible opportunities.
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“We will always seek to challenge injustice and to speak out for those who may feel unheard. So no matter your background, your nationality, your age or gender, your sexuality, your physical ability, no matter your circumstance or color of your skin–we believe in you, and we intend to spend our entire lives making sure you have the opportunity to succeed and change the world.”
Meghan reiterated her husband’s words as well. At a point, she said, “There’s so much ingenuity here, there’s so much promise here, that given the right level of support and resources that you need, the potential is astronomical, and you can see that there”.
She added that she was very proud of the women and the business they’re creating. “…being able to now control your own purse strings, because when you have that level of independence, my goodness you can do anything.” The Duchess thanked the community for granting them this opportunity to discuss and be inspired by their work. She expressed gratitude for the warm beautiful welcome they received.
The Royal couple has been very occupied during this time. As well as touring Africa with their son Archie Harrison, the duo announced they’re taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday and it’s Parent company Associated Newspapers.
This lawsuit is over the allegation that the outlet unlawfully published one of Meghan’s private letters. Prince Harry released an official statement on Tuesday accusing the British tabloid press of carrying out a “ruthless campaign” against his wife. He pointed out that it “has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”
Prince Harry further stated that “there is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious. He expressed that despite the brave face they have put up through the onslaught, it has been a very painful experience.
He also voiced out his fear of “history repeating itself.”
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person, I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said, referencing the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
In response, the Mail on Sunday stated stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously.” The outlet also refuted any allegations of edited the published letter to change its meaning.