Meghan, Harry hit the beach in Cape Town

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have visited a beach in Cape Town to learn about a project helping vulnerable young people with their mental health.

The couple met surfing mentors at Monwabisi Beach to hear about the work of the NGO Waves for Change.

Harry and Meghan also learned about the non-profit Lunchbox Fund, which benefited from public donations after the birth of their son Archie.

The baby is with his parents in South Africa for his first official tour.

Waves for Change offers a mix of mind and body therapy as part of a child-friendly mental health service for vulnerable young people.

The Lunchbox Fund provides nearly 30,000 meals a day to the children on the programme, as well as schools.

Asked about the key issue in tackling the stigma around mental health, Meghan said: “It’s just getting people to talk about it and talk to each other, right?

“And you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you’re a small community or a township, if you’re in a big city – it’s that everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.”

Prince Harry added: “Everyone has experienced trauma or likely to experience trauma at some point during their lives.

“We need to try, not eradicate it, but to learn from previous generations so there’s not a perpetual cycle.”

He said a whole generation of children that had “no role models at all” was now being given an opportunity.

Monwabisi Beach is on the edge of one of South Africa’s biggest townships, Khayelitsha.

Referring to the slums there, the duke said: “It’s amazing to think that just on the other side of here, you’ve got tin huts with all these kids with nothing… bringing them together a nice hot meal provided by Lunchbox Fund, and the sea of which they’ve been terrified most of their lives.

“Now they can swim, they can surf.”

The duke and duchess also met faith leaders on a visit to the country’s oldest mosque, the Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

They will end the day meeting young people and community leaders at the city’s residence of the British High Commissioner.

The royal couple are on the second day of their 10-day tour of southern Africa. -BBC

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