Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and baby Archie began their first official tour as a family unit on Monday in South Africa.
Meghan said: "I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color and as your sister."
She added: "We are encouraged to hear your president take the next steps to work towards preventing gender-based violence through education and necessary changes to reinforce the values of modern South Africa."
Harry was also quick to extend an empathetic, collaborative hand. He said: "As someone who has visited this amazing country many times, and as someone who regards Cape Town as a uniquely special place in Africa, I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family - with my wife by my side - focused on the significant challenges facing millions of South Africans, while acknowledging the hope that we feel so strongly here."
On their first day of the 10-day tour, they hit Cape Town to visit girls' empowerment projects that teach rights and self-defense. They also met with former residents of District Six, a mixed race community that was relocated after the period of apartheid ended in 1994.
They will also focus their attention on wildlife protection, entrepreneurship, mental health and mine clearance. Later this week, they will go to Botswana, Angola and Malawi.