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Meghan visits Johannesburg university to discuss gender equality in education

The Duchess of Sussex is carrying out engagements in South Africa, while Harry is in Malawi.

The Duchess of Sussex (right) arrives at the University of Johannesburg (Christiaan Kotze/PA)
The Duchess of Sussex (right) arrives at the University of Johannesburg (Christiaan Kotze/PA)

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

The Duchess of Sussex is visiting the University of Johannesburg to discuss the challenges faced by young women in accessing higher education.

Meghan is carrying out the solo engagement while the Duke of Sussex is in Malawi on the penultimate day of their 10-day overseas tour.

The duchess is attending a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

She took on the role of the ACU’s patron in January from the Queen, who held the position for 33 years.

The duchess smiled and waved to screaming well-wishers as she arrived.

She was greeted by Susana Glavan, director of the British Council in South Africa, and Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, vice-chancellor of the university.

Meghan is a passionate promoter of accessible education for all.

During the couple’s tour of Fiji last year, she announced new grants for ACU member universities in the Pacific, to fund learning initiatives aimed at empowering female university staff and promoting gender equality.

Harry, meanwhile, is visiting a health centre in Malawi on Tuesday to learn about the challenges it faces serving the local community.

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