When traveling abroad, it’s considered polite to learn a few simple phrases or greetings in the native language. Even if you don’t know the language, it certainly doesn’t hurt to try. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem to agree, taking to the official Kensington Place Twitter account to send out a message of thanks in Arabic, following the couple’s whirlwind three-day royal tour of Morocco.
“Thanks to all those who welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Morocco,” read the message. Along with the Arabic Tweet, a French version was also posted (French is the unofficial second language in Morocco). In December, Meghan Markle admitted that she was “trying to get better” at French. During a visit with schoolchildren in the Atlas Mountains, she conversed with them in their second language. Some of her questions, according to Hello!: “Qu’est ce que tu veux être quand tu quittes l’école?” (What do you want to do when you leave school?) and “Vous voulez aller à l’université?” (Do you want to go to university?).
شكرا لكل من رحبوا بدوق ودوقة ساسكس إلى المغرب!
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 25, 2019
Perhaps the Morocco trip inspired Markle to learn Arabic. The polyglot is already fluent in Spanish, meaning that if she learns how to speak Arabic, she will be fluent in four different languages.
The royal couple also used the social media platform to share photographs and video highlights of their trip, which included a visit to the Andalusian Gardens and cooking with disadvantaged children. It should be noted that members of the British Monarchy do not boast their own personal social media accounts — Markle relinquished her Instagram and Twitter accounts just weeks after getting engaged to Prince Harry. Instead, the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex share joint social media accounts under the name “Kensington Royal” to share updates and messages from time to time for royal watchers keen to keep up with their latest movements.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrapped up their royal tour of Morocco on behalf of Queen Elizabeth on Monday. During the three-day whirlwind trip, Markle took part in a traditional henna ceremony, stunned in a custom Dior kaftan-inspired gown for an evening reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence, cooked traditional food with underprivileged children, and met with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and his sisters Princess Lalla Hasna and Princess Lalla Meryem, at his royal residence in Rabat.