Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to the University of Johannesburg during her royal tour of Africa. Meghan, 38, was greeted by Susana Glavan, director of the British Council in South Africa, and Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, vice chancellor of the university. She wore a £95 double-breasted trench dress by Banana Republic with nude heels
In her speech she about the importance of educating women.
“Education, I think higher education specifically is such a key element of growth, economic growth as well as personal growth and development,” she said. “Yesterday, I had a really interesting conversation with someone about the economy of well being and so I think so much of what we should be talking about and energies we focus on with ACU is supporting people: To know that if you don’t have the support that is necessary [so] that you feel you can keep taking the next step then you’re stunted in growth, right?”
Meghan announced three new gender grants for three of South Africa’s universities, stressing her hope that they will empower more women to study. “The goal here is to be able to have gender equality to be able to support women as they are working in research and higher education goals and also to be able to have workshops to convene things that are really helping people understand the importance of gender equality. True to what you said, when a woman is empowered, it changes absolutely everything in the community and starting an educational atmosphere is really a key point of that.”