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Meghan Markle recycles £525 Veronica Beard dress worn in Tonga

The Duchess of Sussex made a quick outfit change this afternoon and recycled a blue Veronica Beard dress – which she was first seen wearing in Tonga last October.

Meghan, 38, changed into the belted fitted shirt dress, as she arrived at her next engagement with Prince Harry – a tour of the District Six Museum and a community cooking class with former residents of the area.   

The collared £525 Veronica Beard ‘Cary’ Dress ties at the waist, and has buttons down the front. When she last wore the dress it immediately sold out on the designer’s website. 

The Duchess paired the dress with a pair of £80 Castaner Carina Espadrilles, which she also wore earlier today, as her and Harry waved at the crowds as they arrived.  

Earlier she showed her support for African designers as she stepped out for their first royal tour engagement. Meghan, chose a £69 black and white wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko as she joined Prince Harry, 35, in the Cape Flats, a township often described as South Africa’s ‘murder capital’. 

Meghan, 38, changed into the blue fitted shirt dress for her next engagement – a tour the District Six Museum and community cooking activity with former residents of the area. Pictured: Meghan with Prince Harry

Meghan, chose a £69 black and white wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko as she joined Prince Harry , 35, in the Cape Flats

Meghan, chose a £69 black and white wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko as she joined Prince Harry , 35, in the Cape Flats

The collared £525 Veronica Beard 'Cary' Dress ties at the waist, and has buttons down the front. When she last wore the dress it immediately sold out on the designer's website.

The collared £525 Veronica Beard ‘Cary’ Dress ties at the waist, and has buttons down the front. When she last wore the dress it immediately sold out on the designer’s website.

The Duchess paired the dress with a pair of £80 Castaner Carina Espadrilles, which she also wore earlier today and wore her hair down in loose waves as her and Harry waved at the crowds

The Duchess paired the dress with a pair of £80 Castaner Carina Espadrilles, which she also wore earlier today and wore her hair down in loose waves as her and Harry waved at the crowds

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looked excited to be visiting the District 6 museum in Cape Town today

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looked excited to be visiting the District 6 museum in Cape Town today 

Meghan’s hair was tied back earlier today but as she stepped out with her new outfit on her long brunette locks were free were free flowing and had a slight wave to them, falling over her shoulders.   

She also chose to change her jewelry – for the visit to Cape Flats she accessorised with a simple gold chain and a pair of £480 turquoise and diamond studs from Jennifer Meyer. This afternoon  she wore simple back and gold earrings. 

Meghan and Harry were greeted by very enthusiastic fans as they arrived at the District 6 museum in Cape Town – which honours thousands of families forcibly removed from the area during the apartheid.

The families were removed after the area, adjacent to the Cape Town business district, was declared whites-only and bulldozers moved in to demolish homes.

Meghan and Harry were greeted by very enthusiastic fans as they arrived at the District 6 museum in Cape Town - which honours thousands of families forcibly removed from the area during the apartheid

Meghan and Harry were greeted by very enthusiastic fans as they arrived at the District 6 museum in Cape Town – which honours thousands of families forcibly removed from the area during the apartheid

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were greeted as they arrived at the District 6 museum

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were greeted as they arrived at the District 6 museum

In a show of the royal's extraordinary influence, the Veronica Beard dress is currently sold out in blue and only available in red

 In a show of the royal’s extraordinary influence, the Veronica Beard dress is currently sold out in blue and only available in red

Meghan Markle, 38, chose a £69 black and white wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko as she joined Prince Harry, 35, in the Cape Flats, outside Cape Town, today

Meghan Markle, 38, chose a £69 black and white wrap dress from Malawian brand Mayamiko as she joined Prince Harry, 35, in the Cape Flats, outside Cape Town, today

The Duchess styled the dress with a pair of simple pair of black lace-up wedges for the outing today, pictured. Harry and Meghan are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats outside Cape Town

Meghan looked beautiful for her first royal tour outing today

The Duchess styled the dress with a pair of simple pair of black lace-up wedges for the outing today, pictured. Harry and Meghan are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats outside Cape Town

In a show of the royal’s extraordinary influence, the Veronica Beard dress is currently sold out in blue and only available in red.

While the summer frock which Meghan wore for her visit to the township earlier today sold out within minutes of the label being identified online.

The decision to wear Mayamiko is a nod to Prince Harry’s scheduled visit to Malawi during the second part of the royal tour. 

It also ties in closely with Meghan’s personal interest in enterprises that support and empower women as the brand works in conjunction with a charity and a workshop that helps to train and support women across fashion, business, and general life skills.  also donates £1 to the Mayamiko Trust for every garment bought.

The decision to wear a lesser-known African designer could mark the start of a trend for the tour, with the Duchess of Sussex using the widespread public interest and media coverage to shine a spotlight on local talent. 

The decision to wear Mayamiko is a nod to Prince Harry's scheduled visit to Malawi during the second part of the royal tour. Pictured, the couple arriving in Cape Flats today

 The decision to wear Mayamiko is a nod to Prince Harry’s scheduled visit to Malawi during the second part of the royal tour. Pictured, the couple arriving in Cape Flats today

The royal kept her accessories simple, choosing not to carry a bag and wearing only discreet jewellery, including the delicate studs pictured

The royal kept her accessories simple, choosing not to carry a bag and wearing only discreet jewellery, including the delicate studs pictured

The couple were shown around Nyanga by the Justice Desk charity that helps school children in the area know their rights and defend themselves against crime and corruption

The couple were shown around Nyanga by the Justice Desk charity that helps school children in the area know their rights and defend themselves against crime and corruption

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Harry and Meghan are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town today for the first stop on their 10-day tour of Africa, where one in 206 people are killed each year, according to recent statistics. 

The couple’s visit to the troubled township has been arranged amid a major security presence, with details kept secret until the last minute to prevent unrest and four-month-old Archie left behind at their residence with his nanny. 

School children supported by the charity Justice Desk were there to greet the royal couple as they arrived this afternoon.

The Sussexes knelt down to shake hands with Nyanga youngsters, with Harry unable to resist dancing with one boy and his wife Meghan giving him a big hug. 

Meghan is pictured crouching down to greet a schoolboy who lives in Nyanga, Cape Town's most dangerous township, after she and Harry arrived there this afternoon

Meghan is pictured crouching down to greet a schoolboy who lives in Nyanga, Cape Town’s most dangerous township, after she and Harry arrived there this afternoon

The Duchess of Sussex stoops down to hug a Nyanga schoolboy as the couple arrive in the troubled township for today's visit

Adorable moment Meghan hugs the shy young schoolboy

The Duchess of Sussex stoops down to hug a Nyanga schoolboy as the couple arrive in the troubled township for today’s visit

Harry and Meghan (pictured greeting school children) are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town today where one in 206 people are killed each year, as the first stop on their 10-day tour of Africa

Harry and Meghan (pictured greeting school children) are visiting Nyanga in the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town today where one in 206 people are killed each year, as the first stop on their 10-day tour of Africa 

How the Malawian designer worn by Meghan supports women

Mayamiko, founded by Italian entrepreneur Paola Masperi, is an ethical and sustainable womanswear and lifestyle brand that produces clothing, accessories and homeware, all made in Malawi by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses.

The brand works in partnership with Mayamiko Trust, a charity set up by Mayamiko founder Paola Masperi in 2008. 

The charity aims to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by ‘nurturing their creative talents and turning them in to sustainable activities that could be transferable to trade practices,’ the brand website states. 

A model showcases the geometric print dress on the company's website

The dress worn by the Duchess of Sussex today, as seen on the brand's website

A model showcases the geometric print dress on the company’s website

In a show of the royal's extraordinary influence, the summer frock sold out within minutes of the label being identified online, pictured

In a show of the royal’s extraordinary influence, the summer frock sold out within minutes of the label being identified online, pictured

The clothing is made in the Mayamiko Fashion Lab, which is designed to provide training, education, nutrition, sanitation and fairer trade practices.   

The project provides training in sewing and tailoring as well as financial and business skills to local, disadvantaged women, many of whom are affected by the HIV pandemic or who are carers of HIV orphans. 

The brand also makes a donation of £1 to the Mayamiko Trust for each garment sold.       

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