Two days after Meghan Markle left New York City, the Duchess of Sussex has arrived with her husband Prince Harry in Casablanca, Morocco to begin their three-day tour of the country. The two arrived at the airport in the city, Meghan wearing a bespoke Valentino red dress while Prince Harry was in a suit. The two traveled commercially to get there, and their flight had been slightly delayed.
The couple are being greeting by the British Ambassador to the country, Thomas Reilly, and his wife there.
As Express detailed, Meghan and Harry will go to the Atlas mountains tomorrow to visit Asni and the Education for All boarding houses there, which provides girls ages 12 to 18 schooling. Empowerment of women and girls, particularly through education, is a big part of Meghan’s platform as a duchess.
During her speech at University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October, Meghan stressed the importance of giving girls access to education. “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive education that they want but, more importantly, the education that they have the right to receive,” she said. “And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development, because when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures—not only for themselves but for all of those around them. And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there’s always room to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults and specifically to young women.” One of Meghan’s first four patronages chosen has to do directly with higher education too: the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
At the Education for All boarding house, Meghan will participate in a henna ceremony then will visit the Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas in Asni. Their second day will wrap with an evening reception at the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rabat.
On the last day of their trip, Meghan and Harry will visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports and see a riding demonstration. Then they will see a cooking demonstration at Villa Des Ambassadors. Their last event will be a visit to Andalusian Gardens in Rabat.
The Mirror reports the two are not expected to have any walkabouts where they’d greet crowds due to security concerns, as teachers are protesting in Morocco right now. “Both Meghan and Harry draw huge crowds wherever they go in the world and they have a real propensity to get in among the crowds, interacting with them, very closely,” a royal source told the outlet.
“Due to the nature of the protests across the country this was strongly advised against which they both understood,” the source continued. “Reports from the country suggest protests have been peaceful but police reaction has been heavy-handed which has thrown up obvious concerns that tensions could flare up if repeated during the royal visit.”