The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle secretly visited a memorial of a murdered South Africa student Uyinene Mrwetyana earlier this week.
British newspaper The Sun reported, that Meghan “closely followed the tragic story” and wanted to make the pilgrimage privately as a “personal gesture.”
The Dutchess and her husband Prince Harry are touring South Africa.
The 19-year-old, a student at the university of Cape Town, was raped and murdered in August.
The brutal crime sparked widespread outrage in South Africa and once again highlighted the issue of femicide in the country.
A post on the official Sussex Royal Instagram said Meghan tied a ribbon to where Mrwetyana was murdered and spoke to the student’s mother to relay both hers and Prince Harry’s condolences. It added that visiting the site “was personally important to The Duchess.”
On the ribbon, Meghan wrote a message “Simi kunye kulesisimo” — meaning “We stand together in this moment” — in a local language called Xhosa.
The duchess used a ribbon she received while in Cape Town, a royal source said, and wrote the message ahead of her visit to the memorial.
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“Simi kunye kulesisimo” – ‘We stand together in this moment’ The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Capetown, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa. The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences. Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess. Uyinene’s death has mobilised people across South Africa in the fight against gender based violence, and is seen as a critical point in the future of women’s rights in South Africa. The Duchess has taken private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls. For more information on the recent events in SA, please continue to follow our tour #AmINext
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