As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bid goodbye to Africa following their first royal tour as a family, they left on a resoundingly uplifting note. Harry, Meghan and their baby Archie toured five southern African countries in 10 days, and are leaving inspired and more committed to their environmental and humanitarian causes then ever, they said.
On Wednesday, they made a series of speeches at Johannesburg, South Africa-based events, and reflected on the inspiration they received following meetings with community leaders dedicated to resolving issues of global warming, poverty, gender-based violence, and access to education.
"I remember being a young girl watching TV and seeing what was happening in the world and frankly, often feeling despair," Duchess Meghan said during a reception for Creative Industries and Business. "Because when you continue and constantly see and hear negativity, it can be overwhelming; you can feel powerless and lost, you can feel different, confused or like you don't belong."
She continued: "And I'm sure there is a young girl or boy watching this and thinking the maybe exact same thing. So this is for you. In a world that that can seem so aggressive, confrontational and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it."
Harry, meanwhile, at a Youth Employment Services event, dubbed Africa is "second home," and said that the nation's warm embrace after his mother Princess Diana's death in 1997 profoundly affected him.
"Despite extreme hardship and ongoing challenges on so many levels, people are generous, they are strong, humble and incredibly optimistic," he said. "I have seen strength, resilience, a sense of hope and empathy that I can only aspire to replicate. Ever since I came to this continent as a young boy, trying to cope with something I can never possibly describe, Africa has held me in an embrace that I will never forget and I feel incredibly fortunate for that."
Harry added that it has inspired him as a parent as well: "And as I raise my own son, I want to make sure that what I've learned here – the value of the natural world, the value of community and friendship – is something that I can pass on to him."AUDIO: PRINCE HARRY ON SON