Meghan Markle is seen in public wearing a headscarf for the first time


Meghan Markle is seen in public wearing a headscarf for the first time


The Duchess of Sussex today donned a headscarf as she joined her husband at South Africa's first and oldest mosque. 
To mark Heritage Day, a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on September 24 when the nation recognises its culture, diversity and traditions, the Duke and Duchess paid a visit to the Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, where they met faith leaders before going on a walkabout in the district.  
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside. 
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald and will meet with a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange.
Built in 1794 during the British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope, the Auwal Mosque is the first and oldest mosque in South Africa. 
This morning the couple heaped praised on each other's parenting skills as they labelled one another 'the best mum' and 'the best dad'.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Auwal Mosque, the first and oldest mosque in South Africa
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Auwal Mosque, the first and oldest mosque in South Africa
Once inside the mosque, the Duchess did not hesitate to help another woman with her headscarf
Once inside the mosque, the Duchess did not hesitate to help another woman with her headscarf 
Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside the oldest mosque in South Africa
Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside the oldest mosque in South Africa
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, resplendent in a headscarf, is pictured arriving at Auwal Mosque in Cape Town along with her husband Prince Harry this afternoon
The couple were met by a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange
The couple were met by a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange
The Duchess of Sussex playfully chatted to youngsters in the mosque as Harry listened in
The Duchess of Sussex playfully chatted to youngsters in the mosque as Harry listened in 
The pair listened to talks about the history of the mosque, which came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850
The pair listened to talks about the history of the mosque, which came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald
Upon leaving the mosque, the Duke and Duchess walked through the colourful and multicultural neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap on Heritage Day
Upon leaving the mosque, the Duke and Duchess walked through the colourful and multicultural neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap on Heritage Day
The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents
The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents 
This morning the couple visited Monwabisi Beach on the outskirts of Cape Town, to learn about the work of Waves For Change, which helps vulnerable children from township and challenging communities through the power of surfing. 
They also heard about the Lunchbox Fund, one of four charities to benefit from public donations made following the birth of their son Archie, who has joined his parents in South Africa for his first official royal tour. 

Royal couple visit the first and oldest mosque in South Africa

The Auwal Masjid is the first and oldest mosque built in South Africa. 
Leaders at the mosque say this is backed by evidence within 'very strong oral tradition' which confirms that Imam Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam, also known as Tuan Guru, was the first Imam at the Masjid. 
The Auwal Masjid came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850. 
It is also the first to have practiced most of the Cape Muslim traditions.
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship. 
The mosque was built on land belonging to the freed slave Coridon van Ceylon.
The Duchess swerved royal protocol as she shared hugs and jokes with youngsters before the couple were asked to declare their personal strengths during a 'power hand' bonding exercise - but Harry cheekily ducked the task and invited his wife to share instead. 
Meghan, 38, looked bashful as she tried to think of something and laughed as she said dancing as not her strong point, but suggested parenting was a new strength that she and Harry, 35, were 'learning and developing'. 
Turning to her husband, she declared him 'the best dad', while Harry - who smiled and looked his wife in the eye with a loving 'ahhh' - called her 'the best mum' before they shared a tender kiss in front of the crowd. 
They left in separate cars as new mother Meghan went back to the High Commissioner's residence to look after four-month-old baby Archie while Harry travelled on a South African Maritime Police Unit RIB to Kalk Bay Harbour.
The couple had travelled to the picturesque beach setting to learn how surf mentors are helping youngsters in need.
They copied the young surf mentors as they took part in an 'energising' 'Hey Joe' game, involving finger clicking and chanting.
And there was even time for a little meditation, which Meghan - who has long been a proponent of daily mindfulness, as has Harry - took part in particularly enthusiastically closing her eyes and clasping her fingers.
Harry later visited Kalk Bay Harbour, to learn about their work combating the poaching of abalone, a type of sea snail that is at critically low levels, as a plate of the marine delicacy is worth more than its weight in gold - £420 a plate - to Chinese diners. 
Asked what was the most pressing global issue when it came to dealing with the stigma around mental health, Meghan replied: 'It's just getting people to talk about it and talk to each other, right?
'And you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you're a small community or a Township, if you're in a big city - it's that 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 we're able to be here together to 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's willing to listen is huge.
'And that can apply to being here, certainly can apply to being in London, LA - doesn't matter where you are, we're all sort of trying to power through and find some optimism.'
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