The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their nearly 5-month-old baby, Archie, are in Africa on their first official foreign trip as a family.
During a solo visit to Johannesburg Tuesday as part of the royals’ tour of southern Africa, Duchess Meghan made a rare move to check her notes during a speech.
The duchess, who is a patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, was visiting the University of Johannesburg for a roundtable discussion on higher education.
After thanking the ACU for having her and talking about the importance of education, the duchess smiled as she reached for her notes to finish off her presentation.
“I will use a note card for this because my goodness this is the last bit that I can’t screw up,” she said to laughter from the room.
During her visit, Meghan met with both academics and students to discuss the challenges young women face in accessing higher education. She also announced “three new gender grants” for schools in the area.
“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 roles and also to be able to have workshops to convene things that are really helping people understand the importance of gender equality,” Meghan added.
Meghan also visited a school to learn about the work of ActionAid, which receives UK Aid funding for its work to raise awareness of and tackle sexual violence in schools.
Here, she met with locals and joined a discussion about gender based violence.
Meghan and husband Prince Harry kicked off their 10-day tour of southern Africa on Monday, Sept. 23, near Cape Town, South Africa.
The philanthropic visit focuses on several issues including the environment, entrepreneurship and mental health.
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