Meghan Markle Spotted Wearing a Hamsa and 'Evil Eye' Necklace on Royal Tour of South Africa

Meghan Markle rocked a Hamsa necklace, with an "Evil eye," on several occasions during the Royal tour in Africa.

Meghan Markle during her ongoing royal tour of Africa with Prince Harry and Archie has shown off her chic fashion sense with classy outfits. So much so, that her "Evil eye," hamsa necklace almost went unnoticed.

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This morning, The Duchess of Sussex went back to college!  Joining students and educators at The University of Johannesburg The Duchess was able to announce a new series of gender grants from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, of which she is patron. She was also able to announce four new scholarships to help students study in different commonwealth countries, allowing cross cultural understanding and an opportunity to deepen their educational studies abroad. One of the recipients of these grants shared his story of growing up on farmland in Kenya, where he paid for his education trading vegetables to cover schooling costs (cauliflower leaves to be exact!) He is now doing a research study on carcinogens in his country, its link to cancer - his work is helping to change practices and to save lives. The Duchess was so moved by the work being done across the education sector and to talk with such like-minded thinkers about the importance of access to education and the support needed internally. When the round table discussion this morning moved to the challenges faced in this sector and how daunting it can all seem, The Duchess said, “Sometimes access to education can seem so big, you wonder where to even begin? So you begin with one student, or one school, you simply begin. And that’s when we see change.” She continued by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr quote: “Take the first step... you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Since @the_acu_official Gender Grants were launch in 2016, 28 universities in 17 countries have benefited with a minimum of 600 beneficiaries participating in workshops supported by the grants. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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The Duchess got spotted wearing the tiny jewelry piece during her first royal engagement to the nonprofit, Justice Desk, in Nyanga Township, Cape Town.

Markle wore to the nonprofit which educates young people on self-defense and awareness, a black and white maxi gown, black Castaner wedges, stud earrings, and the Hamsa necklace.

The former actress fell in love with the jewelry after seeing it on a guest while attending an event

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

The UK jewelry brand, Alemdara designed the necklace, and it sells for $550. It features a delicate diamond pave mini hand of Hamsa on an 11-carat yellow gold chain, with 0.05-carat white diamonds.

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While at Victoria Yards in Johannesburg this afternoon, The Duchess of Sussex had the opportunity to learn more about the importance of, and how to enable a ‘wellbeing economy’ thanks to Co-Director of the Maker’s Valley Partnership, Simon Sizwe. Simon was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative programme initiated by President Obama, and he explained that by investing in the overall well-being of a community and its people, and focusing on that economy, you can enrich everyone for a better quality of life. She also met with the owners of Sobae Frozen, an entrepreneurial duo who created their small business as a solution to food waste, creating vegan sorbet from unused fruit from Victoria Yards. At the end of her visit, The Duchess was moved by the original poetry of Belita Andre, the winner of the Poetry Grandslam. In her reading she said: “The Maker’s Valley is a social and enterprise hub, a wave between my corner of the world and yours. Insisting that beyond the anchors of survival. How to make sure that everyone gets to shore, pass around an ocean of stars, not because our sleepless nights are equal but because our dreams are.” • #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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According to People, the former actress fell in love with the jewelry after seeing it on a guest while attending an event. The guest's name is unknown, and Alemdara has a privacy policy, that prevents it from releasing the name of their customers.

In a statement to the news outlet, the jewelry brand said:

"We are thrilled that the Duchess of Sussex has chosen to wear one of our necklaces, but we do not comment on individual customers."

It symbolizes the hand of God, repels negativity, and return a curse to anyone who places one on the wearer

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👋🏻 South Africa 🇿🇦 • After months of planning, Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in South Africa today for their official Royal Tour of Southern Africa - focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. Their first stop was to the incredible Justice Desk Project which works to make women and children safer in Nyanga. It’s an issue of vital importance in South Africa and across the globe, their Royal Highnesses wanted to learn first-hand about the issues people face and the work being done on the ground. One of the workshops Their Royal Highnesses saw was the Mbokodo project which provides self-defense classes and female empowerment workshops to young girls who are overcoming major traumas. This project's powerful motto is "wathint' abafazi wathint' imbokodo" which means "you strike a woman; you strike a rock" • “And just on one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of The Royal Family, I want you to know that for me I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour and as your sister.” – The Duchess of Sussex • @TheJusticeDesk Project is supported by the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust and works with community leaders in Nyanga, with the firm belief that if you can change the mindset of a community, you can change the mindset of a country. #SussexRoyalTour #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️PA images / SussexRoyal - video SussexRoyal

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Markle equally wore the Hamsa necklace during her visit with Prince Harry to the oldest mosque in South Africa, Auwal Mosque. 

This time, she paired the jewelry with an olive maxi dress made from recycled tissue nylon by STAUD. The necklace equally graced the mom-of-one neck while attending the heritage day events at Bo Kaap. 

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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images

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The Hamsa "Evil Eye," is in the shape of a hand containing an eye with a blue sapphire. It is symbolic of different things, especially in the Jewish and Turkish cultures.

It symbolizes the hand of God, repels negativity, and return a curse to anyone who places one on the wearer. It equally brings good fortune, happiness, and health to the wearer.

 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during day two of their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Markle has a ring from the Turkish jeweler, Kismet by Mika, that has the evil eye, and she wore it last December during a visit to Brinsworth House, a residential nursing home under the Royal Variety Charity.

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