Amidst Security Concerns, Meghan Markle Wraps up a Busy Trip to Morocco at 7 Months Pregnant

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Yui Mok - Pool / Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Yui Mok – Pool / Getty Images

Meghan Markle is due to give birth in late April or early May. But that hasn’t stopped her from keeping up with the non-stop duties that come along with being the Duchess of Sussex. As of today, she and Prince Harry are wrapping up their trip to Morocco, on royal business.

The purpose of the trip was to boost ties between the UK and the North African nation, in an effort to strengthen trade relations with countries outside the European Union following Brexit. In an effort to do so, the couple went along with a full itinerary that involved showing them many different parts of Morocco.

The royal treatment

Upon arrival, the couple received a guard of honor. They were greeted by Britain’s ambassador to Morocco, along with other officials.

They received the royal treatment and stayed in King Mohammed VI’s royal palace. When they arrived to the palace, they were offered traditional gifts such as dates and milk with orange blossom.

Security concerns

The week prior to the royals’ arrival, riots broke out in Rabat following a demonstration by teachers asking for higher pay, according to CNN. In an effort to protect the couple, there were no walkabouts during the visit, though much of the original itinerary was unaffected.

The itinerary

One of the couple’s stops was to a local school in Asni, where they learned about the Moroccan NGO Education for All, an organization that builds housing for girls aged 12 to 18. NGO Education for All ensures “girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountains region are able to access secondary education,” reads a statement from Kensington Palace.

“They met the NGO’s founder, Michael McHugo — who received an MBE in Britain’s New Year Honours list for his work promoting gender equality in education in Morocco — after which Meghan took part in a traditional henna ceremony,” reported CNN.

Today, the agenda included learning about the country’s development of equine therapy in an effort to aid children with special needs, and visiting an underprivileged children’s cooking school.

Prior to the trip, the palace had said the royal couple was particularly excited about “the opportunity to meet so many young Moroccans.” It’s no wonder, then, that their days were filled with talking to and learning about the local children.

In addition to the intent of strengthening ties between the UK and Morocco, the trip also served the purpose of showcasing “work being done to promote girls’ education, empower young people and support children from disadvantaged backgrounds,” according to Kensington Palace.

Other notable activities included: touring Rabat’s Andalusian Gardens and partaking in a traditional henna ceremony. Markle’s tattoo had a special meaning behind it.

“The tradition of giving a pregnant woman a tattoo during their third trimester is to bless mother and child as well as keep away evil spirits during labor,” we’ve previously reported at The Cheat Sheet.

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