Meghan Markle Presents Herself as 'Woman of Color' During Powerful Speech in South Africa
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On the first day of her tour of the nation with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex speaks out about the gender-based violence in Cape Town, making it clear she stands beside the victims.

AceShowbiz - British royal the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has presented herself as a "woman of colour" and "sister" to native South Africans during her trip to Cape Town with Prince Harry.

The former actress and her husband Prince Harry marked the first day of their tour of the nation on Monday, September 23, and in a powerful speech addressing gender-based violence, the 38-year-old made it clear she stood beside the victims.

"We are encouraged to hear your president take the next step towards preventing gender-based violence through education and necessary changes to reinforce the values of modern South Africa," she said. "I feel incredibly humble to be in the presence of all of you as you stand firm in your core values of respect, dignity, and equality."

She then drew on her own personal life to address the crowd.

"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 with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister. I am here with you, and I am here for you."

The first day of the Duke and Duchess' trip to South Africa included a visit to the Justice Desk, an organisation that "aims to educate, train, advocate for and equip youth, vulnerable groups, civil society, and governments in human rights, justice and advocacy."

The pair were also photographed hugging and dancing with local children in Nygana township.

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