Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Tour to Morocco

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might be expecting their first child in just a couple of months, but they are just as busy as ever with their royal duties. Though many of us thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be lightening their load and preparing for their big move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore House — they’re actually gearing up to head overseas to Morocco at the end of February. Here’s an inside look at their upcoming royal tour.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend Endeavor Fund Awards.
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Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Moroccan royal tour

The duchess and the prince will head to Morocco which is located in North Africa– for three days, Feb. 23-25, 2019. They are traveling to the country on behalf of the British government. A Kensington Palace spokesperson explained to People, “It will build on the close relationship between the U.K. and Morocco. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”

During their two days of royal engagements, Markle and Prince Harry will meet Morocco’s ruler King Mohammed VI, and the country’s prime minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani. They are also set to visit major tourist attractions.

Why is this royal tour so important to Meghan Markle?

The Duchess of Sussex did not want to sit this royal tour to Morocco out because the cause is near and dear to her heart. In 2016, former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote about the state of women’s education in Morocco. In a piece for CNN, she said, “While Morocco has made huge strides in education, and nearly all girls there attend elementary school… many of them drop out of school by the time they turn twelve. Right now, only 14 percent of girls in rural Morocco attend high school.”

Markle is an avid feminist and has been outspoken about education for women and girls across the globe.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits a market in Suva, Fiji
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits a market in Suva, Fiji | Ian Vogler – Pool/Getty Images

Why is this royal tour to Morocco being rushed?

With a baby on the way — it seems off that Markle and Prince Harry would want to travel to a different country. However, this royal tour seems rushed because it is. Apparently, it was hastily arranged because a regional visit was canceled at the last minute.

Is it safe for Meghan Markle to fly in her final trimester of pregnancy?

Though she’s due in late April or early May –Markle still looks stunning and fresh. She’s attended numerous charity events with her husband and by herself while carrying what Prince Harry has said is a “heavy baby.” Since she is still feeling great, she can still fly.

The flight time from the United Kingdom to Morocco is just over 3-hours which isn’t terribly long. Though the duke and duchess are reportedly flying commercial, we’re sure they’ll be in first class. According to England’s National Health Service — women can fly until they are 37 weeks pregnant. A royal aide explained to The Telegraph U.K, “The Duchess feels well and able to fly. Most airlines permit women to fly up until approximately the last month of their pregnancy.”

Though the royal aide did not confirm, it appears that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will also have a doctor accompanying them on the trip.

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