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Meghan in South Africa: I’m here as a mum, a wife, woman of colour and as your sister

Dancing duchess: Meghan shows off her moves and talks to children (below) in Nyanga township PICTURES: WIREIMAGE/GETTY

THE Duchess of Sussex spoke publicly about being a ‘woman of colour’ for the first time since becoming a royal as she gave a rousing speech in South Africa.

On the first day of a tour with Prince Harry and their four-month-old son Archie, Meghan highlighted her mixed-race heritage to an audience of young women who have benefited from courses teaching self-defence and female empowerment.

Speaking in Nyanga township in Cape Town, the duchess said: ‘And just on one personal note, may I just say that while I’m here with my husband as a member of the Royal Family, I want you to know from me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.’

Harry said it was ‘incredibly important’ they started their 10-day visit in a township after the settlements have seen increasing violence against women. The issue has led to protests and calls for emergency measures by president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Meghan said: ‘The work that’s being done here is to keep women and children safer, which is needed now more than ever.’ Harry added: ‘No man is born to cause harm to women. This is learned behaviour, and a cycle that needs to be broken.’

Di-dentical: Archie appears to be wearing the same bobble hat the Princess of Wales chose for Harry (below) GETTY

In lighter moments, Meghan chatted with children and danced with some performers after Lilitha Mazana, 23, took her hand. Ms Mazana said later: ‘Meghan was a good dancer. She’s very nice. Her dancing is fantastic.’ The duchess wore a £69 wrap dress by ethical brand Mayamiko, which makes clothes in Malawi that are inspired by African artisan traditions. She changed into a blue Veronica Beard dress for their second visit, to a museum.

Earlier, as they arrived in South Africa, the couple paid a tribute to Princess Diana, with Archie wearing what was thought to be the same cream bobble hat Harry wore in 1985.