Every Photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Morocco – Their Last Tour Before Becoming Parents!
The royal couple arrived hand-in-hand to the airport in Casablanca, where they were greeted by the British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and his wife, Alix. The tour will also see them travel to the Atlas Mountains and the capital, Rabat.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a red Valentino dress with an elegant embroidered cape detail. She styled her hair in a polished updo and carried a blush clutch, gloves and heels.
Meghan opted for a red dress to represent the Moroccan flag. The red background on the country's flag represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valor.
On Sunday, the duo helicoptered into the Atlas Mountains for a visit to a girls’ boarding house.
Inside, Meghan received a henna tattoo, which is usually tattooed on forearms for special occasions, to mark her seven months of pregnancy.
"It’s for when we have a big party,” Khadeja Oukattou, one of the housemothers, says. "Now she is pregnant we do the henna to keep her happy with with the baby. For good luck.
Natural henna, typically brown and derived solely from plants, and with no added chemicals, is safe to use during pregnancy, according to experts. Black henna, however, contains a dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and is not safe.
The Moroccan NGO “Education For All” builds boarding houses for girls ages 12 to 18 to ensure that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountains region are able to access secondary education.
And the visit will give the girls “more “confidence” and enable more young girls to be helped by the NGO, Oukattou says. “They give all the love.”
The girls are “proud that this visit is on our house. They are from a very far villages in the mountains and meeting these people makes them very proud.”
The royal couple then headed to the school where the girls from the dormitory attend classes. There, they chatted with teachers and watched a soccer match.
A mother from Northern Ireland — who now lives in Marrakesh, 30 miles away — brought her two girls to see the couple. Clare Minejam, who is a doctor, and Rania, 5, and Rayhana, 2, waved Moroccan and British flags as the couple stride towards the pink stucco building. “Most Moroccans know who they are — it’s a Facebook world and people watched the wedding,” says Minejam.
The expectant couple kept close during their visit, holding hands and sharing several sweet moments during their busy engagement.
At one point, Meghan sweetly rested her head on Harry’s shoulder as he flashed a big smile.
Later on Saturday, the couple switched into formal wear for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and his wife at the British Residence in Rabat.
The royal mom-to-be looked regal in a bespoke dress by Dior featuring draped sleeves. After wearing her hair loose earlier in the day, Meghan pulled back her locks into a low bun, showing off her Birks Snowflake Snowstorm diamond earrings.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted upon their arrival by the daughters of the ambassador — Orla, 12, and Elsa, 8.
Meghan accepted a beautiful bouquet of flowers from them.
The couple was also given a traditional rose water greeting.
During the reception, the parents-to-be met a number of guests, including influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes – all of whom the royal parents-to-be work to champion with their charitable work.
As the tour started, Reilly highlighted some of the themes of the visit, which were reflected at the party.
"Women have traditionally played a vital role in Moroccan society. A focus on improving access to secondary education for girls, especially in rural areas, and better vocational training for women is recognition that improved education, releasing a woman's human growth and developmental potential, is essential for sustainable economic growth," he said.
Meghan kept a hand on her baby bump as she met attendees.
They kicked off the final day of their tour on Monday at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex learned more about the country’s developing program of supporting children with special needs through equine therapy. They attended a horse grooming session with some of the children before watching a riding demonstration and meeting trainers.
Louis Broski, who set up the program about 16 years ago to carry out physical therapy for handicapped children, said the couple was "very gentle."
"Meghan was very gentle towards our children. And Harry was interested in what we are doing," he tells PEOPLE.
The couple then visited a cooking school in Rabat, where they watched a demonstration of children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of the country’s top chefs, Moha Fedal.
The couple sampled a variety of dishes, including traditional pancakes.
Meghan, wearing a striped shirt over her growing baby bump, also received a copy of Chef Moha’s cookbook – and in exchange gave him Together: Our Community Cookbook with a handwritten note.
“Chef Mohar. Wishing you continued success and congratulating you on your incredible work in engaging the community in cooking,” she wrote. “All the best, Meghan.”