Duchess Meghan learned this South African greeting protocol before her royal Africa tour
Cape Town - It appears Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took a, ahem, hands-on approach preparing for her family’s big trip to Africa.
In a number of photos taken from their royal tour of Africa, the royal can be seen using our greeting protocol and touching her right elbow with her left hand when shaking hands.
In one particular photo, Meghan can be seen repeating this gesture when accepting a gift from President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to cudoo.com, holding your right elbow with your left hand during a handshake is a sign of respect in East and Southern Africa.
It’s considered rude to shake hands without holding one’s arm, and doing so means you haven’t acknowledged the other person, a user on Stack Exchange reveals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex concluded their royal tour with a private meeting with President Ramaphosa and his wife, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, at the president’s official residence in Tshwane last Wednesday.