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Meghan Markle Chooses Yet Another Sustainable Brand While Visiting Cape Town

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were welcomed to South Africa with a music and dance display at Cape Town’s Nyanga Township.

The royal couple – who left son Archie with a nanny for their first tour stop – spent the first day of their African tour shaking hands and dancing with schoolchildren. 

Their 10-day royal tour saw them first visit a children's centre in the Nyagna township in Cape Town.

Royal tours always require months of careful planning, and this isn't just regarding the itinerary—what the royals pack for official visits always requires real consideration and attention to detail.

Typically a royal tour wardrobe has to strike the balance between promoting British designers and celebrating businesses from the host nations. 

The Duchess has grown acutely aware of the fact that her clothes can deliver messages and will instantly be interpreted, so her decision to once again champion sustainability and ethics comes as no surprise to anyone.

Meghan wore a black and white printed wrap dress by Mayamiko "Dalitso", which is £69 (€78), and is sourced and made in Malawi by artisans.

The brand is sustainable, vegan boasts a zero-waste policy and creates garments in a solar-panelled warehouse while also sourcing all fabric from a nearby fabric market in Lilongwe.

Meghan paired her dress with some classic black Castaner wedges, tied at the ankles. 

The Duchesses preference for sustainable fashion has not gone unnoticed. 

As well as often promoting smaller labels, Meghan has used her time in the spotlight to draw attention to brands with a conscience and to promote sustainability in fashion.

From choosing Stella McCartney for her wedding day to wearing lesser-known sustainable brands including Hiut Denim and Maggie Marilyn, the California-native clearly cares about fashion's footprint. 

Markle is quite possibly the only person on the planet with the power to inspire millions of people to “wake up” to climate change and our role in it as consumers. On a recent Lyst report, she’s ranked as the third most influential celebrity in the world, surpassed only by Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.  

A single Instagram post on @sussexroyal could reach tens of millions of people, both on the app and on news websites that pick up the story. The same women who rush to order the jeans or stilettos they saw Markle wearing would start aligning themselves with the issues she cares about, too.

Earlier this month, the Duchess' own independent business venture – and first-ever clothing line – went on sale at Marks & Spencer's, with an aim to benefit her patronage Smart Works. 

Markle launched her collection in complete secrecy despite some of the items being available to buy online hours ahead of the official debut. She teamed up with four brands to launch the Smart Set, a five-piece capsule collection that will enhance the wardrobe of any professional.

The best part? For every item purchased, the same one will also be donated to Smart Works to benefit a woman looking to kick off her career with confidence.

The Smart Set is available in UK stores and online now. 

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