Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, were given a warm Moroccan welcome last month. This was the royal couple’s first visit to the kingdom, and their last tour before the birth of their first child.
The Sussexes were here on an official visit to meet with members of the Moroccan royal family, including King Mohammed VI and Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, and to tour the Kingdom to see social projects.
After flying into Casablanca airport, the Duke and Duchess were greeted with milk and dates, a traditional welcome that stretches back centuries. Once the ceremony was complete, their first stop was the Royal Palace of Casablanca, where they were met by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan. He escorted them in to the royal residence where they stayed as guests of the King.
Next morning their visit began in earnest with a helicopter trip out to Asni, a small village in the foothills of the High Atlas range, where they visited a boarding house run by Education for All. This initiative builds schools for teenage girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountains, allowing them a secondary education. Both Duke and Duchess spent time talking with the children and staff, posed for pictures with a local football team, and Meghan was treated to a henna tattoo on her left hand, painted by one of the students.
Later that day they stopped by the Lycee Qualifiant Grand Atlas, a cooking school in the capital city Rabat. The Sussexes enjoyed a cooking demonstration by children from under-privileged backgrounds who are learning culinary skills under Moha Fedal, the hugely respected chef patron of Riad Dar Moha. The royal couple sampled pastillas and pancakes covered in amlou, made to a recipe taken from Together: Our Community Cookbook, the charity cookery book arranged by the Duchess to support the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Their first full day in Morocco ended with a special reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Rabat, where the royal couple were given a traditional rose water greeting before meeting the other guests, including young entrepreneurs, influential Moroccan women and athletes with specific needs.