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Meghan visits memorial to murdered student in ‘personal gesture’

Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered in Cape Town last month.

The Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to the memorial (PA)
The Duchess of Sussex made a private visit to the memorial (PA)

By Thomas Hornall, PA

The Duchess of Sussex has visited the memorial to a murdered South African student as a “personal gesture” after “closely following the tragic story”, Buckingham Palace said.

Meghan paid tribute at the post office where 19-year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered last month.

The crime has sparked outrage and once more highlighted the issue of high rates of violence against women in the country.

Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make. Buckingham Palace

Meghan wrote on a yellow ribbon left at the scene in the local language Xhosa: “We stand together in this situation. Harry and Meghan September 26, 2019”, according to images taken by Sun royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

It joined dozens of coloured ribbons which were left in tribute to the popular teenager, known as Nene.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that earlier this week The Duchess made a private visit to the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana.

“Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make.”

A 42-year-old male post office employee has been arrested over the killing.

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