Meghan visibly moved as she learns about forced relocations during Apartheid
The Duchess of Sussex was visibly moved as she learned about the huge scale of forced relocations under South Africa's Apartheid era.
Meghan, 38, appeared to be deeply affected earlier today as she listened to former residents of Cape Town’s inner city District Six neighbourhood recall how they were forced to move into Townships during the apartheid era.
She and Harry listened intently as Noor Ebrahim, 74, and Joe Schaffers, 80, showed them on a giant floor map where they had been living when the government declared District Six a whites-only area in 1966.
“When she realised the enormity of the forced relocations, she was very moved,” Joe said later.
“They had never looked at the psychological aspects of it. So many people have never been able to recover from that. She was really moved by all this and how people are still struggling with unemployment in this country.
"She felt it and said it was going to take a long time to change things.
“Harry said it was true that it would take a long time to heal but I said we had fought against an oppressor before so we would come through in the end.
“Our people were affected not only physically but psychologically – many have never recovered, especially the elderly. They lost out on everything.”
Referring to the Duchess’s mixed heritage, the retired health inspector said: “I think Meghan could identify with that because of her own family’s past.”
Joe was 27 when he was given notice to leave the neighbourhood. “They moved people out and demolished,” he said.
“The destruction of District Six, in my opinion, was nothing more than a form of ethnic cleansing.”
He said of Harry and Meghan’s visit there: “It gives us hope that out there there are still people very concerned about what’s happening in this country and a visit by royals has strengthened that hope.
"If they go back they might be able to go back and tell people about the positive things that are happening here.
He said of the atmosphere outside: “It was like a pop festival out there. The children and the girls were just shouting ‘Harry’, calling him by his name.
“Protocol went out of the window! Where ever do you have people being able to hug a member of the royal family, right in front of police?
"People were hugging them and they were hugging back, not pulling back. That was the cherry on the top for me.”
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