Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Morocco for a whirlwind three-day tour that will see Meghan's promotion of gender equality at the fore.

Harry and Meghan are making their first official visit to north Africa to strengthen Britain's links with one of the few stable countries in the region, and a nation which will be an important post-Brexit market for the UK.

Britain's ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly, who welcomed the couple when they arrived at Casablanca airport on Saturday evening, said Morocco's promotion of women and girls, its inclusivity, and social entrepreneurship are "close to their royal highnesses' hearts".

The duke and duchess were two hours late for their welcoming ceremony due to the knock-on effect of an earlier delay to their scheduled air service.

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RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of their tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of her tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch students play football during their visit to Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas, the local secondary school on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets young girls as she visits the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18, with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. ((Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks to young girls as she visits the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18, with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a Henna ceremony as they visit the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are welcomed at a boarding house for girls ages 12 to 18 by the Moroccan NGO 'Education For All' on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a ceremony where Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' was presented with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three day visit to the country. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three day visit to the country. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo during an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three day visit to the country. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan leave the Education For All boarding house on February 24, 2019 in the Moroccan town of Asni on the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. - The British royal couple arrived in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: A young girl waits to meet Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex a boarding house for girls ages 12 to 18 by the Moroccan NGO 'Education For All' on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are welcomed at a boarding house for girls ages 12 to 18 by the Moroccan NGO 'Education For All' on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their arrival at Casablanca airport, for their tour of Morocco.
The Duchess of Sussex on her arrival at Casablanca airport, for her tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by officials on their arrival at Casablanca airport, for their tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by officials on their arrival at Casablanca airport, for their tour of Morocco.
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: A guard of honour prepares for the arrival of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
An Honour Guard prepares for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Casablanca Airport for their tour of Morocco
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Wellwishers await the arrival of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they visit the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Wellwishers await the arrival of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they visit the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
Children from the Education For All boarding house wait outside their boarding house for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on February 24, 2019, in the town of Asni on the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Children from the Education For All boarding house wait outside their boarding house for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on February 24, 2019, in the town of Asni on the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bag detail, arrives at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: (UK OUT FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca Airport on February 23, 2019 in Casablanca (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of their tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Royal couple met influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes amongst others. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence on February 23, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
RABAT, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 23: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence on February 23, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex meets Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence in Rabat as he starts his tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at a Royal Residence in Rabat as they start their tour of Morocco.
ASNI, MOROCCO - FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a Henna ceremony as they visit the 'Education For All' boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 'Education For All' ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco (second left) and Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, during an audience with the King Mohammed VI of Morocco at his residence in Rabat, on the third day of their tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with the King of Morocco (second right) and his son The Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan (left) at his residence in Rabat, during a private audience with him, on the third day of their tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the residence of the the King of Morocco in Rabat, following an audience with him, on the third day of their tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to a social entrepreneurs event and market at the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a social entrepreneurs event and market at the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco.
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In darkness, Harry inspected a sabre-carrying guard of honour from the Auxiliary Forces, dressed in their pristine white uniforms and formed in two rows.

The heavily pregnant duchess walked behind her husband as he looked over the troops, who had been patiently waiting for their arrival for more than an hour.

Despite spending a busy few days in New York recently for her luxury baby shower, which featured a string of A-list celebrities, Meghan looked relaxed and wore a striking red Valentino dress for their arrival.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: "Their royal highnesses are very much looking forward to the visit and are grateful to their hosts and the British Embassy for arranging such an interesting programme.

"They are particularly pleased that they will have the opportunity to meet so many young Moroccans over the next few days."

The couple began their tour, which will see them visit Morocco's famous Atlas Mountains and the capital Rabat, by walking along a red carpet that led to Casablanca airport's royal suite.

As they entered the building they were offered milk and dates – a traditional welcome in Morocco.

It was not apparent if Meghan used a spoon to sip the milk in an ornate bowl but Harry could be seen nibbling on a date.

A large motorcade of black limousines was waiting to take the couple and their entourage of nine – which includes a hairdresser – to meet Morocco's Crown Prince Moulay Hassan.

They are staying as guests of Morocco's King Mohammed VI at a royal residence.

Mr Reilly said: "It's hugely exciting to have their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex here for the next few days and I'm really excited to showcase the vital roles that girls' education and youth employment are playing in shaping modern Morocco.

"When we began planning for this visit, I had a very clear view in my mind of the story we wanted this visit to tell. It's the same story we've been telling consistently at this embassy for the last 20 months since my arrival here.

"This official visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will highlight Morocco's focus on women's empowerment, girls' education, inclusivity and the encouragement of social entrepreneurship.

"From a girls' education project in the High Atlas Mountains, to programmes working with children with disabilities and young people with mental health challenges, to meeting with young social entrepreneurs, their royal highnesses will be shown first-hand the transformational impact of community-based programmes and Morocco's changing social attitudes towards women."

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