Harry hints at ‘quiet’ return to Morocco

Plans for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make a return trip to Morocco appear to be in the offing after Harry said they would come back and “keep it very quiet”.

The couple ended their three-day tour by spending around an hour with King Mohammed VI at his private residence surrounded by his immediate family – with the duchess making her third outfit change of the day into a Carolina Herrera dress.

The king granted an audience to Harry and Meghan in his private home, a 1950s Arabic-style country mansion set in a lush garden of ferns and bamboo trees in the capital Rabat.

Meghan and Harry meet King Mohammed VI
Meghan and Harry meet King Mohammed VI (Yui Mok/PA)

But it was more like a get-together with friends, with 15-year-old Crown Prince Moulay Hassan greeting the couple outside the door after they arrived in the king’s vintage Mercedes 600 SEL, which was loaned to the couple during their stay.

The head of state was all smiles in the doorway and Harry and Meghan complimented his home which featured an ornate internal courtyard, richly decorated with Arabic designs.

There was one formality with Harry presenting a private message from his grandmother the Queen in a large envelope.

The royal party sat down in a side room, with the Crown Prince joining Meghan on a sofa, Harry and the king nearby on another, and on a third sofa the monarch’s sisters, Princess Meryem and Princess Hasna, and his brother Prince Moulay Rachid.

In Their Royal Highnesses’ last engagement of #RoyalVisitMorocco, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an audience with Mohammed VI of Morocco, The King of Morocco at a Royal Residence. #RoyalVisitMoroccopic.twitter.com/sAh4YqD73g

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 25, 2019

Missing was the king’s wife Princess Lalla Salma, who has been the subject of much speculation after disappearing from public life more than a year ago, with rumours circulating she may be living abroad.

Harry said he had had an invitation from an unknown individual to stay on after their tour ended: “He was very keen on getting us down there two days after this trip, unfortunately we have commitments to get back to.”

He also said to the king that he would not be able to take up “your fantastic invitation”, but added: “Next time we will schedule it properly. We will keep it very quiet from everybody out there.”