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Michelle Obama praises Meghan Markle

Mrs Obama shared a photo of Meghan with leaders of the Obama Foundation, a charity launched by former President Barack Obama to address challenges facing people of colour

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama has paid a touching tribute to Duchess Meghan Markle for “breaking the mould” during her royal tour of South Africa.

The Duchess has been praised as an “inspiration” by Michelle Obama for her charity work.

She is currently on tour in South Africa with husband Prince Harry and their four-month-old son baby Archie and was congratulated by the former First Lady for “breaking the mould.”

Michelle Obama made the touching comments on an Instagram post which was shared with her 33 million followers.

Mrs Obama shared a photo of Meghan with leaders of the Obama Foundation, a charity launched by former President Barack Obama to address challenges facing people of colour.

In a caption she wrote, “Thank you to my friend, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, a thoughtful leader who is breaking the mould and making our world better for it.

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“Whether meeting with our leaders or helping girls around the world seek the education they deserve, she is an inspiration to so many.”

The day before, Meghan attended a reception for young people at the residence of the British high commissioner in Cape Town.

She was praised for giving an empowering speech on the first day of the tour.

She addressed a crowd of teenage girls and said: “While I’m here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know from me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.”

Royal fans were pleasantly surprised when baby Archie made a surprise appearance on Wednesday.

The royal baby joined Meghan and Harry to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu.

The four-month-old grinned in his mum Meghan’s arms throughout the very special meeting and footage of the visit was later shared on their Sussex Royal Instagram account.

Richard Fitzwilliam, the royal expert described the moment as “a historic meeting.”

Meghan and Harry parted separate ways following the event.

Prince Harry flew to Botswana the day before before flying to Angola where he visited the same location his late mother Princess Diana travelled to more than 20 years ago to carry out her relentless de-mining campaign.

Prince Harry made the emotional visit today, as he visited the same location where his mother was famously photographed in 1997 in a bid to raise awareness about the glut of mines plaguing Angola.

He is to be a witness of how much of an impact Diana’s campaign has had on Angola, as a field previously filled with unexploded landmines is now a lively stressing with shops, schools and houses.

Prince Harry is also to visit, just like his mother did, Huambo Orthopaedic Centre, which he will rename after his mother in honour of Princess Diana.

The Duke will remain in Angola for two more days, before travelling to Malawi where he will stay until 1 Oct.

The Duchess and their son Archie, meanwhile, are remaining in Cape Town for the time being, and they will move to Johannesburg next week to reunite with Prince Harry.

While the Duke has a few days packed with events ahead of him, the palace hasn’t announced any engagement to be carried out by Meghan today.

The day before, the Duchess hosted a private breakfast with women working in public offices. -/TISG

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