Morocco prepares to welcome Duke and Duchess of Sussex for three-day tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be welcomed by a guard of honour when they begin their three-day tour of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Meghan’s trip follows her luxury New York baby shower that saw a string of A-list celebrities celebrate the impending birth of her first child due at the end of April.

The couple are making only their third official overseas trip together, following visits to Dublin and a tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific last year.

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Harry and Meghan visited Bondi Beach during a tour of Australia (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Thomas Reilly, Britain’s ambassador to Morocco, has tweeted about the royal tour, saying: “The visit is a recognition of the strong relationship between our two countries.

“It is a chance to enjoy #Morocco’s history and look to its future, focusing on the role of women, youth and #education in making that future @UKinMorocco.”

He will welcome Meghan and Harry at Casablanca airport on Saturday with his wife, and the duke will inspect a waiting guard of honour.

And now it is only SIX DAYS before the Duke & Duchess of #Sussex begin their #RoyalVisitMorocco. It promises to be a superb visit & I am so grateful to my #Moroccan friends, colleagues & hosts for all they have done to help with the preparations. Thank you

— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) February 18, 2019

Despite being heavily pregnant, the duchess has a busy Moroccan schedule with the duke which will see them spend Sunday in Morocco’s famous Atlas mountains celebrating the achievements of British entrepreneur Michael McHugo, founder of an education organisation focusing on young women.

They will visit his Education For All boarding houses for girls aged 12 to 18, that ensures the youngsters from rural communities in the region have access to secondary education, and Harry will invest Mr McHugo with an MBE for his efforts.

In the years following Britain’s 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU, the royal family made a string of visits to Europe, helping to renew and strengthen the UK’s ties with the continent as the Brexit process progressed.

The monarchy uses what has been termed “soft diplomacy” to promote the UK brand whenever they travel abroad.

It now appears part of the focus of overseas royal tours may be on Africa, which the Prime Minister has already described as having incredible potential”.