Meghan Markle got a pair of designer jeans and some dungarees for Archie today as she visited a Johannesburg art studio without her son or Prince Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex was spotted deep in conversation with artists, while she toured the Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, a regeneration project that is home to design studios, art galleries and a popular monthly food market.
It is understood that Meghan, wearing a navy midi-length Wilfred By Aritzia shirt dress and red slingback flats by Everlane, left son Archie in the care of his nanny so she could sample some of the city’s creative vibes.
Meghan appeared to be bowled over when she collected the pair of designer jeans commissioned from one of South Africa’s up-and-coming brands.
She could only say ‘oh my, oh my’ when she was saw the skinny fit jeans – and when a tiny pair of dungarees, made for her son Archie, were handed over she exclaimed ‘very cute’.
Lesedi Masemola, manager of Tshepo’s showroom, that features the company’s workshops and studios, said: ‘From what we’ve seen on the internet she’s the type of person who loves skinny fit so that’s what we made.
‘When she saw the jeans the words she said were ‘oh my, oh my’ she was very impressed she loved the jeans she said she couldn’t wait to try them on and said ‘wow’.
‘And when she saw the dungarees she said ‘very cute’, I think they are very, very lovely.’
Meghan appeared to be bowled over when she collected the pair of designer jeans commissioned from one of South Africa’s up-and-coming brands
The Duchess of Sussex was spotted deep in conversation with a group of people while she toured the Victoria Yards in Johannesburg
Meghan chats to artists at the Victoria Yards while a group of children play nearby on a swing, on the eight day of the Royals Africa tour
Meghan also toured a small market exhibiting some of the items you can find at Victoria Yards, and listened to a performance by Belita Andre, a spoken word artist
A number of awestruck children rushed to hug Meghan as she toured the Victoria Yards in Johannesburg
In a post on the sussexroyal Instagram page it said the Victoria Yards ‘celebrates the power of community’ and brings local artisans together
Meghan, navy midi-length Wilfred By Aritzia shirt dress and red slingback flats by Everlane , mingled and chatted with the artists on the eight day of the royals Africa tour
Meghan visited a shoe designer (left) and also visited other artisan food and drink businesses as well (right)
Meghan’s designer jeans cost 2,100 South African Rand (£113) but for the Archie’s dungarees Mr Masemola said: ‘that was a special order we’ve never done before so I couldn’t give you a price’.
The mother-of-one was later mobbed by awestruck children who she gleefully hugged, while a boy dressed in red just behind her showed his shock at seeing a member of the Royal Family.
Meghan, who looked animated and smiled throughout the trip, then chatted to the youngsters and had a look at some of the budding artists own drawings.
Meghan was also wearing a distinctive pair of studded black earrings she had picked up in Cape Town from a local ‘ethical’ designer, Pichulik, for just £46.
The brand takes its inspiration from ‘ancient traditions, myth and an experimental use of materials’ and ‘celebrates empowering feminine narratives’ – perfect for the feminist duchess.
She also visited Young Bucks – a small business that hand-makes books from recycled materials, and her final stop was Tshepo.
Meghan also toured a small market exhibiting some of the items you can find at Victoria Yards, and listened to a performance by Belita Andre, a spoken word artist.
The duchess’s official Instagram account said: ‘While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and ‘makers’ together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level.
‘It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley.
‘She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: ‘The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.’ Such a beautiful and touching sentiment!
The duchess’s official Instagram account said: ‘While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and ‘makers’ together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level’
At one point a beaming Meghan was given a pair of dungarees for her son from a local denim designer Tshepo Mohlala, who confirmed on Twitter she had placed the order four weeks earlier.
The Duchess of Sussex was spotted deep in conversation, while she toured the Victoria Yards in Johannesburg, a regeneration project that is home to design studios, art galleries and a popular monthly food market
‘Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women.
‘These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset).’
Meanwhile The Duke of Sussex shared an image of Baobab trees he took during a visit to Liwonde National Park, Malawi on the eighth day of the royal tour of Africa.
One picture shared to the National Geographic’s Instagram account showed Harry lying on the floor holding the camera, and the other the picture he captured of the trees above.
The Duke of Sussex shared this image he took of Baobab trees he took during a visit to Liwonde National Park, Malawi on the eighth day of the royal tour of Africa.
One picture shared to the National Geographic’s Instagram account showed Harry lying on the floor holding the camera
The prince is today managing the magazine’s social media platform to launch a campaign called ‘Looking Up’, and will invite users to share their own pictures of trees from around the world.
He wrote: ‘Hi everyone! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to continue working with National Geographic and to guest-edit this Instagram account; it’s one of my personal favourites.
Today I’m in Liwonde National Park, Malawi an important stop on our official tour of Southern Africa, planting trees for The Queens Commonwealth Canopy.
‘As part of this takeover, I am inviting you to be a part of our ‘Looking Up’ social campaign. To help launch the campaign, here is a photograph I took today here in Liwonde of Baobab trees.’
He added: ‘I will be posting my favourite images from @NatGeo photographers here throughout the day, and over on @sussexroyal I will be sharing some of my favourite images from everything you post. I can’t wait to see what you see.’
The campaign launch comes It comes as the prince insisted that protecting nature is ‘fundamental to our survival’ and should not be dismissed as ‘hippy.’
Harry is currently on the eighth day of his official tour in Africa.
Harry and Meghan have their own Instagram account, where they share charity posts and upload recent pictures of their son Archie.
Buckingham Palace said that Harry’s passion for trees and forests is ‘inspired by the work he does on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
The ‘Queens Commonwealth Canopy’ was launched in 2015, when Commonwealth countries were invited to submit forests and national parks or plant trees to preserve in The Queen’s name.
The Duke of Sussex will manage the magazine’s social media platform to launch a campaign called ‘Looking Up’ Pictured: Harry during a tree planting at the Chobe Tree Reserve, Botswana, last Thursday
Prince Harry helps a local schoolboy to plant a tree at the Chobe National Park, on day four of the royal tour of Africa last thursday
Almost 50 countries are taking part and have already dedicated indigenous forest for conservation, or have committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change.
The Duke has launched 15 of the QCC projects across the world including in the Caribbean, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Tonga.
During Their Royal Highness’s tour of Africa, there will be two more national parks committed to the project, as well as a tree planting initiative with schoolchildren in Botswana.
Harry is currently on the eighth day of his ten day official tour in Africa.
Harry and Meghan have their own Instagram account, where they share charity posts and upload recent pictures of their son Archie.
Today the Duke of Sussex said conservation is ‘fundamental to our survival’ and should not be dismissed as ‘hippy’.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Harry said that to make progress humans needed to overcome ‘greed, apathy and selfishness’ and that it was essential to learn from past mistakes to protect the world’s most valuable assets.
The Duke also warned of ‘vast ecosystems’ set ablaze in Africa, communities destroyed for short-term gain, and said that a ‘natural order’ between humans and wildlife must be restored.
He added: ‘This may well sound hippy to some.
‘But we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.
‘Nature teaches us the importance of a circular system, one where nothing goes to waste and everything has a role to play.
‘If we interfere with it, rather than work with it, the system will break down.
‘Conservation used to be a specialist area, driven by science.
‘But now it is fundamental to our survival and we must overcome greed, apathy and selfishness if we are to make real progress.’
The column comes ahead of his visit to Malawi’s Liwonde National Park on the eighth day of a tour of southern Africa to highlight conservation and anti-poaching work.
The duke, who is on a 10-day tour of Africa, yesterday said a major collaborative approach ‘across agencies, borders and continents’ is needed to end the poaching of Africa’s iconic animals such as rhinos and elephants.
At a reception at the official residence of Britain’s High Commissioner to Malawi Holly Tett, the duke said on Sunday: ‘It is only by working together across agencies, borders and continents that we can finally put an end to the illegal wildlife trade crime that continues to deprive local communities of some of their most valuable natural resources.’
He went on to say, at the event in the capital Lilongwe, that poaching ‘hampers development and undermines the rule of law’ and praised the nation’s ability to track down the poachers.
The duke said: ‘Guardsman Mathew Talbot was unfortunately killed a few months ago in the line of duty but the relationship between the British military and the Malawian rangers remains strong.’
Earlier on Sunday the Duchess of Sussex surprised a classroom of female charity workers with a Skype call during Prince Harry’s solo visit to Malawi.
Appearing on a television screen in the library of the Nalikule College of Education in Lilongwe, Meghan Markle, 38, waved hello from Johannesburg as the group of young women burst into song for her.
Prince Harry introduced his wife before the surprise appearance, as she joked about their four-month-old son, who has joined them on their 10-day tour of Africa, saying: ‘Archie’s taking a nap.’
The Duke of Sussex was given a warm and energetic reception at the college on his visit to learn how girls have been kept in school by Campaign for Female Education.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share behind-the-scenes footage of Archie giving Desmond Tutu a high five during royal Africa tour – as fans say they could watch it ‘over and over’
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Alongside a montage of clips shared to their Sussex Royal Instagram account, the caption reads: ‘Thanks Cape Town for another impactful and memorable day A few more highlights of this very special visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.’
The adorable footage shows Archie, four months, enjoying his first official engagement – as his mother Meghan, 38, can be seen lifting him in the air as he meets the Archbishop.
And royal fans across the globe took to the comments to share their appreciation for the video – which played out to the uplifting hymn, ‘Oh happy days.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared a behind-the-scene video of Archie, four months, on his first official engagement. Pictured, giving Desmond Tutu a high five on day three of the royal Africa Tour in Cape Town
Proud mother Meghan can be seen lifting a smiley Archie up in the air as uplifting soundtrack ‘Oh Happy Days’ plays in the background
Many royal fans told how they could watch the adorable montage of clips ‘over and over again’ after viewing them the first time
‘I love this video so so much. Archie and Arch are so cute… warm my heart,’ enthused one, while a second penned: ‘Such lovely video with Prince Archie and his parents the Duke and Duchess! He is just sooo adorable!’
A third commented: ‘What an amazing memory for Archie to have to look back on! Thank you for sharing this with us!’
While a further added: ‘Awww this is the best video ever Archie is a beautiful healthy bouncing baby boy.’
The video starts with Prince Harry and Meghan walking towards Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka on day three of the royal Africa tour – before the Archbishop and Archie can then be seen sharing a high five.
The video then zooms into Desmond Tutu encouraging Archie to do a little dance as his mother Meghan adorably bumps him up and down on her lap.
Meghan and Prince Harry appear to be glowing with pride as an adorable Archie looks particularly excited by the cakes and cookies emblazoned with timely notes including ‘justice’, ‘faith’ and ‘me too’.
The montage of clips include Meghan clutching Archie close to her chest during their ten-day tour of Africa
Prince Harry can be seen making the fourth-month-old laugh and smile as the royals made their way up the steps before being greeted by Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka
Meghan Markle can also be seen bumping little Archie up and down on her hip as the Archbishop smiles on
Royal fans took to the comments section to thank the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for sharing such ‘memorable, sweet moments’
The happy youngster can be heard screeching with delight, before dribbling with delectation as he set his sights on the tasty treats in front of him.
Fans were quick to take to the comments section to share their delight at the video, which has since been viewed 5,500,139 times.
‘I could watch this over and over,’ wrote one, while a second penned: ‘I can’t stop looking at this video, it’s so beautiful.’
A third commented: ‘What a happy baby! Kiddos to the parents for creating that environment,’ while a fourth added:
‘Awwww…Such memorable sweet moments of cheerful baby Archie, Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry!! Happiness & Love.Thank you both for sharing this with us…’