Meghan Markle dons headscarf first time publicly during visit to South Africa's oldest mosque

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a poignant visit to South Africa's oldest mosque during their first royal tour as a family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the Auwal Mosque on day two of their 10-day trip around Africa. The 225-year-old mosque was built during the British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope in 1794.

Markle donned a cream headscarf for the outing, which included a viewing of the first known manuscript of the Quran and meetings with different faith groups in the community. 

The royals were then informed of the mosque's efforts to promote interfaith dialogue in Cape Town. The place of worship welcomes visitors of all denominations, working to foster communication and understanding between South Africa's diverse communities.

The Duke and Duchess are touring Africa with their four-month-old son, Archie, who is expected to stay in South Africa with Markle while Harry completes solo engagements in Angola, Botswana and Malawi.

The couple's private secretary, Samantha Cohen, told reporters during an earlier briefing at Buckingham Palace that the tour will "highlight many of the causes [the Sussexes] have been involved with for many years".

The visit is also hoped to demonstrate a "modern UK-Africa partnership in action".

The couple also celebrated Heritage Day in Bo Kaap, visiting Monwabisi beach to support youth workers and young South Africans with their weekly surfing lesson. The activity focuses on mental health, allowing troubled youth to share their stories and daily challenges with their mentors.