IN PICTURES | PDAs aplenty on Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's first African royal tour

01 March 2019 - 00:00 By Zola Zingithwa
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, snuggles up to Prince Harry during a visit to a local secondary school in Asni during their royal tour of Morocco.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, snuggles up to Prince Harry during a visit to a local secondary school in Asni during their royal tour of Morocco.
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Meghan Markle seems to be taking being a royal in her stride. The Duchess of Sussex recently completed her first-ever African royal tour in Morocco.

Markle arrived with her husband, Prince Harry, in the North African monarchy on February 24 wearing a stunning, red Valentino dress — a colour People reports she chose as a nod to Morocco's flag.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive in Casablanca for their Royal Tour of Morocco.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive in Casablanca for their Royal Tour of Morocco.
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According to the royal family's official website, the aim of the visit was to "highlight the vital roles that girls' education and youth empowerment are playing in shaping Modern Morocco".

Never ones to shy away from public displays of affection (PDAs), the regal pair looked very much like a young couple in love as they carried out their official engagements.

These included: 

  • Touring a boarding house in the Atlas Mountains run by NGO Education for All, an organisation which provides girls from poor, rural areas with accommodation so they can continue their studies.
  • Visiting the Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat to find out more about their equine therapy programme for children with special needs.
  • Checking out a social entrepreneurs' event and market in the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat.

Markle also got to indulge in one of her passions — food — during a cooking demo with one of the country's top chefs, Dar Moha, in Rabat.

The chef taught the duke and duchess about traditional Moroccan dishes and gave them the chance to sample pancakes, which Harper's Bazaar reports were made from a recipe in Together: Our Community Cookbook, the charity recipe book Markle was involved in creating. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit an 'Education for All' boarding house in Asni, Morocco.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit an 'Education for All' boarding house in Asni, Morocco.
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The temporary henna tattoo, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was given during her visit to an 'Education For All' boarding house in Morocco to celebrate her pregnancy — it's said to symbolise good luck for mom and baby.
The temporary henna tattoo, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was given during her visit to an 'Education For All' boarding house in Morocco to celebrate her pregnancy — it's said to symbolise good luck for mom and baby.
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat.
Image: Samir Hussein/ WireImage via Getty Images
The Duke of Sussex fixes his wife's hair as she tries on a necklace during a visit to a social entrepreneurs event and market at the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, Morocco.
The Duke of Sussex fixes his wife's hair as she tries on a necklace during a visit to a social entrepreneurs event and market at the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, Morocco.
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, share a joke during a cooking demonstration in Rabat, Morocco.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, share a joke during a cooking demonstration in Rabat, Morocco.
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The Duchess opted for a casual chic look while out and about but, of course, it was during an audience with King Mohammed VI and a state dinner that we saw her best fashion moments.

The Dior gown Markle wore to a reception hosted by the British ambassador has got to be our favourite. She might not have practised fashion diplomacy by choosing a local designer to create her kaftan-inspired gown, but it was absolutely gorgeous.

Meghan and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco on February 24 2019.
Meghan and Prince Harry attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco on February 24 2019.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their way to attend an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their way to attend an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
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• This article is adapted from one that appeared on the SMag section of SowetanLIVE. Read the original article.


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