The Duchess of Sussex took the photo specifically for Michelle Obama, knowing it would be of special importance to her. In a complete role reversal, Meghan asked Sithembele Ncube, a student at Nelson Mandela University, to pose for a photo to send to the former First Lady.
The student works with the Obama Foundation, the Obama’s non-profit organisation which was founded in 2014.
Ms Ncube was present at Tuesday’s reception at the residence of the British High Commissioner as one of the local leaders of the Obama Foundation.
The 25-year-old told the Herald Live she was taken back by the encounter and said: “I still cannot believe it.
“She just asked to take a picture with me to send to Michelle Obama.”
Meghan sent Michelle a heartwarming photo of herself in South Africa (Image: GETTY)
Meghan has been visiting charities and organisations in South Afrcia (Image: GETTY)
Ms Ncube met up with the royals in Cape Town on Wednesday during the pair’s first tour of South Africa.
“The royals had invited a few youth organisations to meet them and I went as part of the African Leaders initiative.
“Meghan was more relaxed than I thought she would be.
“I thought she would have many rules on how to address her and I thought she would not want to take pictures.
Many of her visits have centred around women’s empowerment (Image: GETTY)
“What stood out the most for me was how thoughtful, kind and approachable she was – talking to her felt like I was talking to my big sister.
“She just asked to take a picture with us so she could send it to Michelle.
“I was gob-smacked because I am a huge fan of Michelle as well.”
Ms Ncube, a computer science student, has been a part of the foundation since the start of 2019 and said she would never forget the experience.
The tour was the first time Archie had accompanied them on an official visit (Image: GETTY)
Meghan visited the Woodstock Exchange to meet female entrepreneurs (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “Meghan really has a passion for women and women’s issues.
“She made it a point to talk about the importance of centring women in the development of Africa in order to make a positive impact.”
The Obama foundation strives to inspire, empower and connect people from all walks of life in an attempt to change and better the world.
The photo Meghan sent was later shared on the Obama’s Instagram account.
The royal couple embarked on a 10 day tour starting last Monday (Image: Express Newspapers)
The photo was accompanied by a caption that read: “Thank you to my friend, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal, a thoughtful leader who is breaking the mould and making our world better for it.
“Whether meeting with our @ObamaFoundation Leaders or helping girls around the world seek the education they deserve, she is an inspiration to so many.”
Earlier this year Meghan and Michelle collaborated, as the Duchess interviewed her for her guest guest-edited September issue of British Vogue.
They discussed motherhood, the advice they’d give their children, and humanitarian work.
Meghan interviewed Michelle as part of her guest edited edition of British Vogue (Image: GETTY)
The pair also met in December 2018 after Michelle attended a talk with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to promote her book, “Becoming”, in London.
Meghan is currently engaged in a 10 day royal tour of South Africa with Harry and baby Archie.
It is their first official tour of the country as a couple.
They are currently on day seven of the tour and will continue until Wednesday, where they will fly back to the UK.