Meghan Markle is due to give birth in late April or early May. But that does not stop 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 a 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 the countries outside the European Union following Brexit. In an effort to do so, the couple went along with a full itinerary that involved them showing many different parts of Morocco.
The royal treatment
Upon arrival, the couple received a guard of honor. They were welcomed 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
The week before 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.
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 have access to secondary education, "reads a statement from Kensington Palace.
"They met the NGO's founder, Michael McHugo – who received a MBE in the British Year of Honors for his work promoting gender equality in education in Morocco – after which Meghan took part in a traditional henna ceremony," CNN reported.
Today, the agenda included learning about the country's development of equine therapy in an effort to help children with special needs, and visiting an underprivileged children's cooking school.
Before the trip, the palace snake 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 and learning about local children .
In addition to the intention of strengthening ties between the UK and Morocco, 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: Rabat's Andalusian Gardens tours and a traditional henna ceremony. Markle's tattoo has a special meaning behind it.
"The tradition of giving a pregnant woman a tattoo during her third trimester is to bless mother and child as well as keep away evil spirits during labor," we have previously reported at The Cheat Sheet. Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!