The jet-setting doesn’t stop for the Duchess of Sussex. Just days after celebrating her baby shower in New York City with Amal Clooney and Serena Williams, Meghan Markle jetted off to Morocco alongside her husband Prince Harry. The visit marks the expecting Markle’s last royal tour before she steps away from her royal duties in preparation of the arrival of baby Sussex.
The royal couple arrived hand-in-hand to Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport on Saturday, where they were greeted by the British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and his wife, Leah. For the occasion, the former actress wore a red, long-sleeved Valentino dress with an embroidered cape detail that served as a subtle, sartorial nod to the North African country’s flag. Royal Commentator Omid Scobie shared on Twitter that Meghan opted for “the color red, which has considerable historic significance in Morocco (and represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valor on the national flag).” She accessorized the look with a nude Valentino Vee-Ring clutch and matching Dior pumps.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to the North African country for a three-day visit at the request of HM Queen Elizabeth and on behalf of the U.K. government. The couple were joined on their tour by a nine-strong entourage, including two assistant private secretaries, three communications officers, a digital officer, a logistics officer, a program coordinator, and a hairdresser. According to a source, “medical provisions have been made” for the pregnant royal.
Last month, The Duchess revealed she was six-months pregnant, meaning that she is be seven months along during her visit to Morocco. However, official NHS guidelines advise that it is safe for pregnant women to use air travel until they are 36-weeks (8 months) pregnant.
The three-day royal engagement will kick off on Sunday, with a visit to Asni Town, to meet with girls at a boarding house in the Atlas Mountains. The royals will then attend a reception hosted by Reilly that evening. The couple are then set to visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports to see how equine therapy supports children with special needs. After that, they are scheduled to take part in a traditional Moroccan cooking demonstration before stopping by at the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment. Their tour will officially end on Monday with a series of visits that “will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco,” a Palace spokesperson revealed. Then it’s back to the UK, ahead of their upcoming move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.