The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today reunited to visit a Johannesburg township to learn about youth employment services as their 10-day tour of southern Africa drew to a close.
Meghan and Harry have travelled to Tembisa township a day after the duke released an unprecedented statement heavily criticising certain sections of the press for coverage of his wife.
Harry’s strongly worded comments came with an announcement the duchess has launched legal action against The Mail On Sunday newspaperover an allegation it unlawfully published a letter to her father.
The couple looked relaxed and Meghan smiled as they were greeted by Melony Campbell from the British High Commission who introduced them to Tashmia Ismail-Saville, chief executive officer of the Youth Employment Services (Yes).
Harry later gave a speech in the open air and, with Meghan beside him, talked about how his father the Prince of Wales brought him to Africa in the months following the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.
He said: “Ever since I came to this country as a young boy, trying to cope with something I could never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget and feel incredibly fortunate for that.
“Every time I come here I know that I’m not alone. I always feel wherever I am on this continent that the community around me provides a life that is enriching and is rooted in the simplest things – connection, connection with others and the natural environment.
“And as I raise my own son, I’m going to make sure that what I’ve learnt here – the value of the natural world, the value of community and friendship – is something that I can pass on to him.”
During their time in southern Africa the couple have been raising issues they are passionate about like wildlife conservation and female empowerment and the visit to Tembisa complements a township trip they made in Cape Town on the first day of their tour.
Later, the couple will meet Graca Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela, a national figure Harry met during a 2015 visit to South Africa.
They will also attend a creative industries and business reception at the residence of Britain’s High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel Casey.
More than 300 guests will be gathered for the event celebrating the UK and South Africa’s business investment relationship and looking ahead to the Africa investment Summit being hosted in the UK in 2020.
On Tuesday, Harry issued a strongly worded and detailed statement highly critical of certain sections of the press.
The duke and duchess’s tour of Africa has received widespread and favourable coverage but Harry said these positive publications expose the “double standards of this specific press pack”.
Speaking about his wife, Harry said some newspapers had “vilified her almost daily for the past nine months” and claimed they had published “lie after lie” at Meghan’s expense simply because she was out of public view on maternity leave.
Referencing his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a Paris car crash while being pursued by the paparazzi, the duke said: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
Harry said about his wife: “I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”
Meghan has launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper over an allegation it unlawfully published the letter to her father.
Law firm Schillings, representing the duchess, said she had filed a High Court claim against the paper and its parent company Associated Newspapers over the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
In the statement published on the duke and duchess’s official website, Harry said he and Meghan believed in “media freedom and objective, truthful reporting” as a “cornerstone of democracy”.
Addressing readers, he added: “Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”
A Mail on Sunday spokesman said the newspaper “stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously”.
“Specifically, we categorically deny that the duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning,” they added.