Meghan Markle dresses diplomatically in £69 dress for first royal tour engagement

·E-Commerce Editor, Yahoo Life UK

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday afternoon to mark the start of their 10-day tour.

The couple arrived for an engagement in Nyanga township, where they visited a workshop that teaches children about their rights, safety and self-awareness.

To kick off her tour wardrobe, Meghan wore a surprisingly affordable look: a patterned £69 black and white wrap dress by Mayamiko: a sustainable and ethical African label.

Each garment is made in Malawi by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses.

According to the brand’s website, the clothing is made using traditional African techniques and locally-printed fabrics, locally referred to as Chitenje.

“Our collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at our core,” reads the brand’s bio on its website.

The low price point was a direct contrast to the Duchess’ most recent outfit choice: Meghan was spotted at friend Misha Nonoo’s star-studded wedding in Italy this weekend wearing a £9,000 dress by luxe Italian label Valentino.

Meghan Markle pays homage to South Africa with first outfit of the royal tour [Photo: PA]
Meghan Markle pays homage to South Africa with first outfit of the royal tour [Photo: PA]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Nyanga Township in Cape Town [Photo: PA]
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Nyanga Township in Cape Town [Photo: PA]
The Duchess of Sussex makes a speech as she visits a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga. [Photo: Getty Images]
The Duchess of Sussex makes a speech as she visits a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Meghan paired the monochrome dress with a pair of black detailed canvas espadrilles by Castaner, a shoe brand much loved by Meghan as well as her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The shoes are available to purchase for £80.

Meghan accessorised with a dainty necklace and earrings and wore her hair in a sleek ponytail.

Get the look

Dalitso Black & White DNA Cotton Maxi Wrap Dress by Mayamiko | £69 | Shop here

[Photo: Mamoq]
[Photo: Mamoq]

Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles by Castaner | £80 | Shop here

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