Meghan Markle Wears Headscarf For Visit To South Africa’s Oldest Mosque

Meghan Markle sported a modest headscarf this afternoon as she and Prince Harry visited the oldest mosque in South Africa.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they met with faith leaders before entering the Auwal Mosque, in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. They had both undergone a clothing change, with Meghan sporting a long green dress, while Harry wore a light grey suit.

Both of them also removed their shoes before stepping into the mosque and sitting on the carpet inside. The Auwal Mosque was built in 1794 under British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and contains the first known manuscript of the Quran in South Africa.

Authorities say it was written down from memory by an imam while he was imprisoned on nearby Robben Island.

Harry and Meghan were treated to a tour with Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald.

Afterwards, they joined in Bo-Kaap district’s Heritage Day celebrations, walking through vibrantly-colored street and visiting the homes of some local residents. The day aims to recognise the South Africa’s cultural wealth and was first celebrated in 1995.

Earlier the Sussexes parted ways for Harry’s first solo tour of the trip, in which he visited South African Maritime Police Unit staff at Kalk Bay Harbour. They had started the day by heading to Monwabisi Beach, where they visited mental health NGO Waves for Change.

During a ‘power hands’ exercise, in which they were prompted to discuss their strengths, the couple had delighted attendees by complimenting each other’s parenting skills.

Ash Heese, training and partnerships manager at Waves For Change, said: ‘We were invited to share our strengths and identify our strengths. Meghan looked a little but hesitant so one of our coaches suggested that Meghan’s dancing was her strength.

‘She laughed and said I don’t think so but parenting is a new strength that she and Harry are learning and developing. She then said that he is the best dad and he said no, she is the best mum.’

Archie, who was born in May, accompanied them on the trip to South Africa but so-far has not joined them on their visits.

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