Royal couple Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived Saturday night in Morocco for their last official overseas trip before Meghan gives birth to their first child, which is due in spring.
The couple, with Harry sporting a light gray suit and Meghan strutting with her elegant red dress, was given a traditional welcome with a tray of dates, a traditional ritual of hospitality in Morocco after they landed in Casablanca.
According to official sources, ‘medical provisions’ have been made for the pregnant Duchess, who is also the famous lead actress of the hit TV show, Suits. The couple will visit a village in the Atlas Mountains on Sunday morning and the Moroccan capital, after that.
The visit of the royal couple to the north African country will focus on promoting girl’s education, women’s empowerment and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex love being with the people,” British ambassador Thomas Reilly said in an interview with 2M television.
Described as a ‘danger zone’ and ‘a city of riots,’ the couple’s visit to Morocco and its capital, Rabat, has worried British media including the tabloid Daily Mirror that branded the place as such.
It was also known that the trip was organized after a request made by Queen Elizabeth II, herself.
Before their arrival, local diplomatic sources insisted “Morocco is a pole of stability in northern Africa.”
On Thursday, a protest in Rabat by teachers, which coincided with the anniversary of the February 20 pro-reform movement born out of the 2011 Arab Spring, was dispersed by police using water cannon. The incident has injured several people.
The couple will be housed in a royal residence during their stay and will meet with the royal family in Rabat Monday afternoon before their departure on Tuesday. /apr