Published On: Sat, Sep 21st, 2019

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The fashion designer married oil tycoon Michael Hess in a spectacular ceremony at a 17th century villa in the Italian capital on Friday. Some of the star-studded guests included Harry’s cousins Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, as well as pop star Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom. Meghan looked stunning during the wedding as she wore a £8,900 black beaded gown with puff sleeves in light-weight tulle.

She styled her hair in a chic bun and wore a pair of statement gold lead earrings. 

Meanwhile, Harry sported a dapper black suit. 

Local media said the wedding festivities continued on Saturday with a party held at Cinecitta, Italy’s biggest film studios in the southeastern suburbs of Rome.

But the royal couple opted out of attending the second day of festivities. 

Misha, who is one of Meghan’s closest friends, is credited with setting her up with the prince on a blind date in 2016.

She was previously married to Harry’s friend Alexander Gilkes.

The designer also recently collaborated with the duchess on her Smart Set capsule wardrobe for the Smart Works charity.

Meghan was pictured this morning at Leonardo da Vinci airport ahead of the couple’s to Africa, which officially starts on Monday.

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The Duchess of Sussex is expected to begin her visit by speaking about the thousands who have spoken out about the rising violence against women in South Africa.

The couple’s first event will be a visit to a Township in Cape Town, where they will tour a workshop that provides a range of services to young people, including self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community.

Campaigners took to the streets of Cape Town earlier this month to protest at what they claimed was their government’s failure to deal with the problem, following a series of attacks that have shocked the African nation.

It is understood Meghan and Harry watched the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to his country following days of protests, when he acknowledged the African nation was facing a national crisis of violence against women.

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Harry’s first trip came in the months after Diana’s death in 1997.

His father the Prince of Wales took him to the continent “to get away from it all”, the duke has said in the past.

A post about the tour on the royal’s official Instagram account said: “The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines.”

Harry will also pay tribute to a British soldier killed by an elephant during anti-poaching operations in Malawi when he visits the country.

He is planning to focus attention on efforts to protect endangered animals.

The royals will visit Africa from September 23 to October 2, and while Meghan and Archie will spend the duration in South Africa, Harry will leave his family to tour Angola, Malawi and Botswana before being reunited with them in Johannesburg.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Duke of Sussex’s love for Africa is well known; he first visited the continent at the age of 13 and more than two decades later, the people, culture, wildlife and resilient communities continue to inspire and motivate him every day.” 

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