Meghan Markle reveals she ‘slept with one eye open’ on 11-hour flight to Cape Town as she hails ‘wonderful’ baby Archie

Meghan Markle reveals she ‘slept with one eye open’ on 11-hour flight to Cape Town as she hails ‘wonderful’ baby Archie

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MEGHAN Markle revealed she slept with “one eye open” on the 11-hour flight to Cape Tow.

The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning while holding hands with Prince Harry while attending a reception in Cape Town.

Harry and Meghan arriving at residence of the British High Commissioner
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Meghan Markle stuns at the Reception for Young People at the Residence of the British High Commissioner in Cape Town
Meghan Markle stuns at the Reception for Young People at the High Commission
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The Duchess chatting to other guests at the reception[/caption]

The Duchess beamed a smile as the reception got underway
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Harry appeared to be in fine form as the couple joked with kids at the event[/caption]

Meghan was wearing a stripey dress that was first seen on her during a tour of Australia
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The 38-year-old mother beamed a smile and turned heads in a striped dress she recycled from a previous tour to Australia, as she arrived with her 35-year-old husband.

An anonymous guest from the event said Meghan told about the flight over.

They told Hello Magazine: “They said it was the longest flight they have taken with Archie. She slept with one eye open – but he was very good.”

Meghan first wore the stripped maxi sundress from Australian designer Grant Martin, who is clearly becoming a favourite of the Duchess.

Earlier she donned a headscarf as she and Prince Harry visited the oldest mosque in South Africa today on Day 2 of the royal tour.

She also gushed about her “wonderful” four-month-old baby as she said her “transition to motherhood” has been “easy”.

The Duchess of Sussex looked chic for the afternoon engagement, beaming as she met members of the Auwal Mosque in the vibrant Bo-Kaap area.

Wearing a £260 Staud dress and light headscarf, she held hands with Prince Harry as they arrived for the visit.

The Duke also appeared respectful, taking his shoes off before heading inside.

They then sat down with locals to discuss their work with the community and to mark Heritage Day, a public holiday that celebrates culture and diversity in South Africa.

As they arrived at the mosque, Meghan and Harry met Father Lapsley, an Anglican and equal rights campaigner who lost both hands and the sight in one eye in a letter bomb sent by the Civil Cooperation Bureau, a covert outfit of the apartheid security forces.

And the couple made sure to spend time with locals, appearing delighted as they were presented with gifts and flowers from adoring fans.

Meghan even tucked one of the flowers behind her ears and she doled out hugs.

The couple sit together during the visit
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit together at the mosque to listen to locals’ stories
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The Duchess of Sussex chats with a young child at the mosque in an adorable photo
The Duchess of Sussex chats with a young child at the mosque in an adorable photo
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The duchess tucked a purple flower behind her visit as she walked through crowds to greet fans
The duchess tucked a purple flower behind her visit as she walked through crowds to greet fans
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The royal couple looked lovingly at each other as they strolled through the Bo Kaap district
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Meghan looked gorgeous as she donned a headscarf as a sign of respect for the mosque visit
Meghan looked gorgeous as she donned a headscarf as a sign of respect for the mosque visit
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Harry’s mum Princess Diana also wore a headscarf for a mosque visit
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Kate Middleton wore a headscarf for a visit to a mosque in Kuala Lumpur
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It comes after the couple had shared a sweet kiss this morning as they gushed over each other being the “best parents”.

Meghan revealed the couple’s son Archie had given herself and the Duke “new strength” as a couple while they joined a sharing circle on the second day of their royal Africa tour.

The couple had been left in fits of laughter as they showed off their dance moves yet again as they visited Waves for Change – a charity that works with surfers to provide mental health support for youngsters.

Joining a meditation circle with young members of the charity, Harry and Meghan beamed as they took part in “Power Hands” at Monwabisi Beach on the outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa as part of their ten-day tour.

The couple were invited to declare their personal strengths during the circle session, with Prince Harry urging his wife to share.

What’s so amazing about being here today is seeing there is so much good happening in the world


Meghan Markle

Joking that dancing wasn’t her strong point, she then added that she was “learning and developing” parenting as a new strength.

She then declared Prince Harry was the “best dad” with her husband calling her “the best mum”.

The couple are clearly still enamoured with each other – often holding hands as they walked between engagements before sharing a sweet kiss as they parted ways.

And while they left four-month-old Archie at home for the busy day of engagements today, they were handed gifts for their son by royal fans.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the mosque this afternoon
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the mosque this afternoon
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Meghan sat in the moque to listen to stories from locals
Meghan sat in the mosque to listen to stories from locals
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Meghan chose to wear a head covering to visit the Auwal Mosque
Meghan chose to wear a head covering to visit the Auwal Mosque
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Prince Harry takes off his shoes as he arrives at the mosque
Prince Harry takes off his shoes as he arrives at the mosque
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Meghan Markle stunned in her second outfit for the day
Meghan Markle stunned in her second outfit for the day
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Meghan crouches down to speak to young people waiting to meet her
Meghan crouches down to speak to young people waiting to meet her
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A young fan appears beside herself as she gets a hug
A young fan appears beside herself as she gets a hug
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The royal puts a flower behind her ear after receiving flowers from members of the public
The royal puts a flower behind her ear after receiving flowers from members of the public
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Meghan sits down to have afternoon tea with a local family
Meghan sits down to have afternoon tea with a local family
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Meghan Markle appeared to be speaking passionately during tea
Meghan Markle appeared to be speaking passionately during tea
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The Duchess of Sussex clutches a bouquet as she walks through the street with her husband
The Duchess of Sussex clutches a bouquet as she walks through the street with her husband
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The duchess claps along to music performed outside the mosque
The duchess claps along to music performed outside the mosque
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The royal couple greeted dozens of fans
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Harry and Megah hold hands during the walkabout
Harry and Megah hold hands during the walkabout
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Meghan and Harry met Father Lapsley, an Anglican and equal rights campaigner who lost both hands and the sight in one eye in a letter bomb sent by the Civil Cooperation Bureau, a covert outfit of the apartheid security forces
Meghan and Harry met Father Lapsley, an Anglican and equal rights campaigner who lost both hands and the sight in one eye in a letter bomb sent by the Civil Cooperation Bureau, a covert outfit of the apartheid security forces
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The duchess held hands with Prince Harry as they arrived for another engagement today
The duchess held hands with Prince Harry as they arrived for another engagement today
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The duchess wore a long green dress for the visit today
The duchess wore a long green dress for the visit today
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The royal visit came on Heritage Day at the mosque in Bo-Kaap
The royal visit came on Heritage Day at the mosque in Bo-Kaap
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The windy day also the couple show off their dance moves – with Meghan bursting into laughter.

It’s not the first time they have been convinced to start dancing – cheerfully joining a welcome dance as they arrived for the Africa tour yesterday.

Ash Heese, 37, who works as a training and partnerships manager at Waves for Change, later said: “We were invited to share strengths because it’s part of the activity and identifying your strengths, you feel more positive.

“She looked a little bit hesitant so one of our coaches shared that her participation and her energy and her dancing was one of her strengths.

“She laughed and said no she doesn’t think so, but parenting is a new strength that she and Harry are learning and developing

“She said he’s the best dad, and he said she’s the best mum.”

Meghan kept it casual for today’s engagement, wearing a white shirt paired with black trousers, recycled Madewell denim jacket and Brother Vellies Huaraches Flats in Whiskey.

She also had her £55 Le Specs sunglasses hooked onto the front of her shirt – while trying to keep her hair under control in the blustery winds.

Meghan and Harry share a sweet kiss as the prince heads to another royal engagement and the duchess heads back to Archie
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share a sweet kiss as the prince heads to another royal engagement and the duchess heads back to Archie
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Meghan Markle bursts out laughing as she spends time with the young men and women
Meghan Markle bursts out laughing as she spends time with the young men and women
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Meghan and Harry joined a dancing circle as they visited the charity on the beach today
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined a dancing circle as they visited the charity on the beach today
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The duchess laughed as she tried out the new dance moves
Megha Markle laughed as she tried out the new dance moves
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands as they meet with young people at the surf charity
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands as they meet with young people at the surf charity
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The former actress looked stunning for the visit
Meghan Markle looked stunning for the visit
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Meghan bursts into laughter as she speaks with one of the young women helped by the charity today
Meghan Markle bursts into laughter as she speaks with one of the young women helped by the charity today
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Meghan doled out hugs to many of the young women
Meghan Markle doled out hugs to many of the young women
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Meghan and Harry grin alongside young members of the charity
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry grin alongside young members of the charity
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Meghan and Harry took part in a meditation circle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took part in a meditation circle
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Meghan Markle closes her eyes during the meditation circle
Meghan Markle closes her eyes during the meditation circle
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The duke also got involved in the meditation circle
The duke also got involved in the meditation circle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit with some of the surfers during the morning tour of the charity's HQ
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit with some of the surfers during the morning tour of the charity’s HQ
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Meghan gushed over the amazing trip so far
Meghan Markle gushed over the amazing trip so far
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Meghan tucks a strand of hair behind her ear after the windy day
Meghan Markle tucks a strand of hair behind her ear after the windy day
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The couple kept it casual for today's visit to the charity
The couple kept it casual for today’s visit to the charity
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Meghan Markle gushed over the good in the world after the visit
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The couple continue to hold hands after a body language expert revealed they were still in the honeymoon phase
The couple continue to hold hands after a body language expert revealed they were still in the honeymoon phase
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Meghan Markle beams as she arrives for the visit to Making Waves
Meghan Markle beams as she arrives for the visit to Waves for Change
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Meghan doled out the hugs during the visit today
Meghan Markle doled out the hugs during the visit today
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Prince Harry made sure to keep his wife close
Prince Harry made sure to keep his wife close
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Meghan Markle is not wearing her engagement ring
Meghan Markle is not wearing her engagement ring
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Speaking to media for the first time since introducing Archie to the world in May, Meghan gushed: “What’s so amazing about being here today is seeing there is so much good happening in the world and there’s so much positivity, and diversity and inclusivity.”

She added: “If you’re in a small community or a township, if you’re in a big city, everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.

“Globally, I think there’s a bit of a consciousness crisis and so the fact that we’re able to be here together and see on the ground so much good work that’s being done, just because people are willing to talk to each other about it and someone is willing to listen is huge.

“And that can apply to being here, certainly can apply to being in London, LA. It doesn’t matter where you are, we’re all trying to power through and find some optimism.”

She and Prince Harry, who wore a green shirt and grey trousers, appeared in good spirits as they joined in the welcome Kilo – a welcoming call and response game.

‘AMAZING’ TOUR

Harry also gushed about their “amazing” trip so far – saying: “This Africa tour was always going to be fantastic, been looking forward to Cape Town – her first visit, I love this place.

“And again meeting the people, the energy, the fun, again the positivity, the optimism and the hope in the face of such incredible adversity.

“There are young people and older people, men and women trying to change what effectively has become the norm.”

He said he was particularly keeping track of violence against women, distressed to see numbers recently peak.

Meghan looked stunning for the visit, but chose not to wear her engagement ring for the South Africa tour.

Instead, she is wearing her wedding ring along with a thin ring with a turquoise stone.

It is unclear why she has gone without wearing her ring, however it has been suggested she has wanted to be “low key” during the visit.

The duchess also made sure to visit workers at the Lunchbox Fund, an organisation which provides daily meals for South African schoolchildren.

The charity is one Meghan and Harry asked supporters to donate to after baby Archie was born in May.

And after their visit to the beach, the couple then split off, with Meghan expected to stay back with baby Archie while Prince Harry set out for his duties of Captain General of the Royal Marines.

The Duke was soaked in water as he travelled with the City of Cape Town Marine Unit by boat to learn about poaching of abalone.

Prince Harry was soaked with water after joining the boat trip
Prince Harry was soaked with water after joining the boat trip
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The duke travelled on a South African Maritime Police Unit RIB
The duke travelled on a South African Maritime Police Unit RIB
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Meghan and Harry chat with one of the young surfers
Meghan and Harry chat with one of the young surfers
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The couple participated in a circle promoting positive vibes
The couple participated in a circle promoting positive vibes
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It's the first event of many scheduled for the busy couple
It’s the first event of many scheduled for the busy couple
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The duchess carried a practical bag with her for the trip
The duchess carried a practical bag with her for the trip
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Meghan waves as she walks next to husband Prince Harry this morning
Meghan waves as she walks next to husband Prince Harry this morning
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Meghan peers through a microscope as part of the Commonwealth litter project
Meghan peers through a microscope as part of the Commonwealth litter project
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Both Harry and Meghan are taught about the numerous projects working to support the local community
Both Harry and Meghan are taught about the numerous projects working to support the local community
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Meghan and Harry speak to workers at the charity that supports vulnerable people living in under resourced communities
Meghan and Harry speak to workers at the charity that supports vulnerable people living in under resourced communities
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The former actress sits on the ground with some young women benefited from the charity
The former actress sits on the ground with some young women benefited from the charity
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The duchess laughs as she joins in one of the activities
Meghan Markle laughs as she joins in one of the activities
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made sure to get involved in the activities for today
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made sure to get involved in the activities for today
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The couple said they wanted to shine a spotlight on charities supporting the local community
The couple said they wanted to shine a spotlight on charities supporting the local community
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The new parents were given gifts for little Archie
The new parents were given gifts for little Archie
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The new paretns were given an adorable onesie for Archie
The new parents were given an adorable onesie for Archie
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The couple are expected to be reunited at Bo Kaap in celebration of Heritage Day, a South African public holiday, later today.

It comes after the couple gave royal fans a glimpse of baby Archie as they touched down on the continent yesterday.

And surrounded by young women who have benefited from a female empowerment programme teaching them self-defence, the duchess took the unusual step of highlighting her mixed-race heritage.

In a powerful speech to the hosts, Meghan said: “On a personal note while I’m here as a member of the royal family, I’m here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.


“Please know that my husband and I have been closely following what you’ve been experiencing here — as best we can from afar.

“But now that we are with you, we are eager to learn and see first-hand the work that you’re doing, the vital work that you’re doing.

“And that everything that is being done on the ground is making the great change that you not only need but that you deserve.”


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