The Duchess of Sussex quietly visited the memorial of murdered South African student Uyinene Mrwetyana, whose rape and murder last month highlighted the high rates of violence against women in the country.
Meghan paid tribute as a “personal gesture” at the post office where the 19-year-old University of Cape Town student was attacked, CNN reports. She is currently on tour of southern Africa with her husband Harry, and son Archie, who made his public debut this week.
“We can confirm that earlier this week The Duchess made a private visit to the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana,” a royal spokesperson confirmed. “Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make.”
“We stand together in this situation. Harry and Meghan September 26, 2019”, Meghan wrote on a yellow ribbon left at the scene in the local language Xhosa.
Mrwetyana’s death appeared to be a tipping point for many South African women, who took to the streets soon aftter to protest at the government’s failure to deal with rising violence against women.