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Meghan Markle Says She's Visiting Africa 'as a Woman of Color and as Your Sister' 1

Meghan Markle‘s first-ever go to to South Africa is significant on many ranges.

Each Meghan and Prince Harry gave speeches in the course of the first cease of their royal tour on Monday, a go to to Cape City’s Nyanga township, the place the Duchess of Sussex proudly spoke about her many roles — together with her Black heritage.

“On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister,” she mentioned to cheers from the group.

“I am here with you, and I am here for you,” the royal mother, 38, continued.

Meghan additionally inspired ladies to combat for “respect, dignity and equality” after watching younger women take a self-defense class.

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Prince Harry additionally spoke, particularly addressing violence towards ladies within the space in addition to his position as a husband and father to 4-month-old son Archie.

“No man is born to cause harm to women,” the 34-year-old royal dad mentioned. “This is learned behavior and a cycle that needs to be broken.”

“So now, it’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in, so that you can make a positive change for the future,” he continued. “To me, the real testament of your strength isn’t physical, it’s what’s up here and what’s in here. Your strength is in your spirit, which for me means honoring and protecting my wife, and being a positive role model for my son.”

Harry added, “I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family, with my wife by my side, focused on the significant challenges facing millions of South Africans, while acknowledging the hope we feel so strongly here.”

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Meghan, 38, has embraced her personal biracial heritage all through her life — and Archie is the primary biracial grandchild of the Queen.

The world received their first glimpse of Archie assembly his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth shortly after his May 6 delivery in a history-making photograph that additionally included Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland. The event marks the primary time in royal historical past {that a} British monarch has been pictured alongside a royal child’s Black grandmother.

“Like Harry and Meghan’s wedding, it changes the landscape in terms of bringing visibility around race and inclusion,” Tessy Ojo, chief government of the Diana Award, advised PEOPLE.

Tony winner and Pose star Billy Porter, who made historical past on Sunday night time by turning into the primary overtly homosexual black man to be nominated — and win — the Emmy for excellent actor in a drama collection, just lately advised PEOPLE he was channeling Meghan along with his vogue.

“I’ve been doing my Meghan Markle all week with my little fascinator,” the actor mentioned on the Christopher Kane present at London Vogue Week, including: “I might keep wearing it when I get back to America!”

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He continued with amusing, “There’s a Black woman in the palace, honey, that’s all we need! We’re loving her over in America!”

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