The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been experiencing some local traditions during their three-day trip to Morocco. This includes Meghan having a henna tattoo painted on her hand during her trip to the North African country, and the royal British couple receiving a traditional rosewater greeting.
Meghan Markle had a traditional henna tattoo painted on her hand during her trip to Morocco with Prince Harry. Image: Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images
The Duchess had the henna experience while on a visit to a girls’ boarding house in Asni in the Atlas Mountains. Samira Ouaadi, 17, painted a flower pattern on Meghan’s left hand, and explained that it is a traditional practice for pregnant women in Morocco to bring luck to the baby.
Samira Ouaadi, 17, paints a flower pattern on Meghan’s left hand, Image: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage
The Duchess declared it to be “really lovely,” while visiting the dormitory run by Education for All, which builds boarding houses near schools to reduce school drop-out rates among girls aged 12 to 18. She and Harry were visiting there to show their support for rural girls’ education, and to bestow an MBE on Education for All founder, Michael McHugo.
Meghan impressed the students and teachers she met by being able to converse with them in French. Image: Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images
While visiting the school beside the boarding house, Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, and attending a football game there, the well-travelled Meghan impressed students and teachers by being able to converse with them in French. As she and Harry arrived, they were greeted by the students singing a traditional song, playing drums and waving Moroccan and British flags.
The Duke and Duchess received a traditional rosewater greeting at the British Ambassador’s Residence. Image: Arthur Edwards – Pool/Getty Images
Upon their arrival on Saturday in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, the royal couple were welcomed by the Crown Prince of Morocco, Prince Moulay Hassan. They also attended a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence, where they met guests who are helping to shape modern Morocco. They received a traditional rosewater greeting upon arrival there.
The royal couple will have an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Image: James Whatling/Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage
For their final day, Harry and Meghan will attend an equestrian event in Rabat, involving horse therapy for children with special needs. This will be followed by a cooking event and a meeting with young social entrepreneurs. An audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco also features on the royal couple’s itinerary.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. arriving to meet Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan. Image: by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage
The royal trip has been undertaken at the request of the British Government with the couple visiting from February 23 to 25. Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, also visited Morocco back in 2011 and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, visited in 1980. Harry and Meghan’s trip is designed to build on the relationship between the two countries.