Rabat –Britain’s Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle, or Duchess of Sussex per British royal tradition, arrived Saturday night at the Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca.
Upon arriving at the Casablanca airport, the British royal couple was greeted with a battalion of local authorities, including most notably Said Ahmiddouch, the Wali of the Casablanca-Settat region, as well as the British ambassador to Rabat, Thomas Reilly.
After the traditional guard of honor ceremony, an additional crowd of enthusiast local dignitaries including president of the Casablanca provincial Assembly and representatives of the city’s municipal council welcomed the Duke and Duchess.
The British royal couple is on a three-day tour in Morocco to further the diplomatic ties between Rabat and London.
The Duke and Duchess will be King Mohammed VI’ hosts in one of the many royal residencies in Rabat in during the first night of the tour.
While cementing the cultural and economic ties between Morocco and Britain is the primary reason for the royal visit, diplomacy will apparently not be the sole concern of the couple during their Moroccan stay.
The Prince and the Duchess are expected to make the most of their Moroccan trip, judging by the official schedule of their visit which was made public by the British embassy.
Culture, education, women’s rights, and youth empowerment feature prominently on the list of issues that the couple expects to address during the visit.
After their first night at a royal residency in Rabat, the couple will then head on Sunday evening for an official reception at the residence of the British ambassador in Rabat.
Prior to being hosted by the British ambassador on Sunday, the royal couple will travel to the Marrakech region, where they will visit “Education for all” boarding houses.
In the Marrakech region, the prince and Markle will also travel to the Atlas Mountains to visit Asni, a small town in the High Atlas mountains 50 kilometers south of Marrakech.
Monday, the third and final day of the royal tour, will be exclusively dedicated to cultural events in Rabat.
The couple will visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat, the Villa des Ambassadeurs restaurant for a cooking class on traditional Moroccan cuisine, and the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat.