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Meghan ties ribbon at memorial to murdered student in ‘personal gesture’

  • Video report by ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship

The Duchess of Sussex has visited the memorial to a murdered South African student as a “personal gesture” after “closely following the tragic story”, Buckingham Palace said.

Meghan paid tribute at the post office where 19-year-old University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered last month.

The crime has sparked outrage and once more highlighted the issue of high rates of violence against women in the country.

Meghan wrote on a yellow ribbon left at the scene in the local language Xhosa: “We stand together in this situation. Harry and Meghan September 26, 2019”, according to images taken by Sun royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

It joined dozens of coloured ribbons which were left in tribute to the popular teenager, known as Nene.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that earlier this week The Duchess made a private visit to the memorial of Uyinene Mrwetyana.

“Having closely followed the tragic story, it was a personal gesture she wanted to make.”

A 42-year-old male post office employee has been arrested over the killing.

Meghan and Harry are on a tour of southern Africa, with son Archie.

On Friday, Harry carried out his own poignant trip to a minefield highlighted by his late mother, Diana.