On the third day of the royal’s official tour of South Africa, Markle visited Mothers2Mothers, an organisation dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV that trains and employs women living with the disease.
During the visit, the duchess spoke with women from Khayelitsha who act as “Mentor Mothers” for families in the community, before giving the charity two bags of “loved but outgrown” clothes that previously belonged to Archie and her friends’ children.
“It’s so important we’re able to share what’s worked for our family and know that we’re all in this together with each other,” the duchess said. “So we wanted to share something from our home to each of yours.”
In addition to Archie’s Invictus Games onesie, Markle also donated a onesie by Mère Soeur that read “The Future”.
“Here’s a few little things that I thought would be helpful,” she said. “I just thought that, in the spirit of community, what’s so nice is to be able to share some of the things that we have at home as well.
“And so we can obviously make sure everything you need is provided for you, but we’ve brought some of the things that my friends and I used for our kids and Archie that don’t fit anymore.”
While visiting with the charity, the duchess also encouraged the staff and their children to join her in sitting on the floor and playing with the toys.
According to Markle, she wanted the young children in attendance to be allowed to play.
“I just think if Archie were here with all those toys on the floor and I made him sit in the chair, it would be so unfair!” the 38-year-old said as she sat on the floor - a gesture that Mothers2Mothers spokeswoman Limpho Neteko called “amazing”.
“She sat down on the floor with them, played with the toys and she was just amazing. It was just amazing,” Neteko, who manages 84 mentor mothers in 16 health facilities, told Town and Country.
Since Mothers2Mothers launched in 2001, the organisation has created more than 10,000 jobs and reached more than 11m women and children under the age of two.
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