Meghan Mixes It Up For Morocco Education Engagements
Meghan wore a mix of brands for today’s engagements in Morocco.
The Duke and Duchess took a helicopter to the Atlas Mountains for the appointments. ITV posted a video of the couple being greeted as they arrived in the town Asni.
Harry and Meghan are greeted in Morocco’s high Atlas Mountain region by flag waving students who are receiving an education thanks to the efforts of a British entrepreneur https://t.co/z7WNN0q9bx pic.twitter.com/D6jZjOexfX
— ITV News (@itvnews) February 24, 2019
Her you see Meghan and Harry chatting with the two little girls in the video. The Mirror reports: “Sisters Rainia, 5 and Rayhana Minejem, 2, who are half Moroccan and half British, were over the moon to meet Prince Harry and Meghan.”
The Duke and Duchess were in the Atlas Mountains for a number of education-related engagements.
The first was at an Education for All boarding house.
The organization provides housing for girls ages 11-18 to ensure they have access to secondary education.
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Inside, the royal couple toured the classrooms where most of the girls were fluent only in French. This didn’t present a problem for the Duchess, who happily conversed with them.
She asked, in French: “Ce que tu veux être quand tu quittes l’école? (What do you want to do when you leave school)”
She also asked: “Vous voulez aller à l’université, (Do you want to go to university)” and was very impressed when the girls told her they wanted to be “teachers, engineers and doctors, big dreams.”
The Duchess and a student in a photo posted by Robert Jobson.
Kensington Palace reports that “70% of women & girls in Morocco are illiterate. Many have limited access to secondary school or no means of affording transport to school.”
In this video you see Meghan speaking with two of the students.
Dans l’une des chambres du pensionnat #DarAsni, #MeghanMarkle partage un moment avec 2 des 52 jeunes filles qu’accueille le centre.#morocco #Meghan@EFAMorocco @TSAReilly pic.twitter.com/IiFwzbUJqI
— 2M.ma (@2MInteractive) February 24, 2019
Education for All was started with one boarding house and eight girls, but now offers five housing units with nearly 200 girls. A sixth boarding house is being built this year.
There was also a Henna Ceremony and the Duchess was given a tattoo to mark her seven months of pregnancy. You can see a closeup of the design in the lower left of this photo.
Samira,17, is Meghan Markle’s henna artist and lives at the boarding house in Asni. She has lived there for six years and painted the flower on Meghan’s right hand and forearm to mark her pregnancy which is considered a blessing.
Russell Myers posted a photo of Samira.
More on the ceremony:
The henna is tradition in Morocco during the seventh month of pregnancy to celebrate the health of mother and baby.
The Duke and Duchess.
A group photo.
The couple then walked to the nearby Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas.
It is another secondary school, located very close to the Education for All boarding house they just visited. This is where the girls from the boarding house do their studies.
They met students and watched a football game.
This gives you an idea of the elevation where the day’s activities took place, it is about 4000 feet.
The duo looked like they were very much enjoying themselves.
And a group photo.
Emily Nash shared a video of Meghan and Harry as they arrived for their third engagement today, an investiture.
The Duke and Duchess arrive on foot for their third engagement of the day at the original @EFAMorocco boarding House, where Harry will invest founder Michael McHugh with the MBE for services to gender equality in education: pic.twitter.com/xxUR6T2WUk
— Emily Nash (@emynash) February 24, 2019
For the investiture ceremony the Duchess changed into a white blouse and a pair of slingbacks, seen below in a photo tweeted by ITV‘s Chris Ship. Prince Harry also changed, donning a jacket and tie.
The ceremony took place at the very first Education for All Boarding house, a fitting location, as the individual being honored is Michael McHugo, the founder of EFA.
Mr. McHugo was honored with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his work improving gender equality in education in Morocco.
From Harry’s remarks: “It is with great pleasure that on Her Majesty’s behalf, I present you with the badge of honour. May I congratulate you on all the work you have done to improve gender equality.”
The Duchess meeting some of the Education for All housemothers after the investiture.
After the investiture, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak to some of the girls who live in @EFAMorocco’s Boarding Houses, and are working towards exams. #RoyalVisitMorocco. pic.twitter.com/IbXVtEvZwL
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 24, 2019
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) February 24, 2019
Now for a look at what Meghan wore for today’s early engagements.
Her jacket is the Alice and Olivia Simpson style ($485). The collarless style piece is done in a polyester/viscose blend, and it features front welt pockets and distinctive striped cuffs. It is available in all sizes at Orchard Mile. Many thanks to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for this ID.
Meghan’s top is from Aritzia, the Babaton Roland Blouse ($128). The unstructured piece is 100% cupro (a type of rayon), described as “Japanese crêpe de chine, a matte fabric with a subtle crinkle texture.” It is fairly sheer; in the photo of Meghan I think you can see a camisole beneath the top. It features a very relaxed, oversized fit with dropped shoulders, a front placket with concealed buttons, banded collar, deep side vents and long back hem. Many thanks to Heaven and the UFO No More team for this ID.
Meghan’s shoes appear to be the Manolo Blahnik Carolyne 70 (£575).
The style comes in a variety of colors and fabrics. This is the black satin with velvet polka dots version. It is a basic slingback style with an elasticized strap, point toe and heel that is just under 3″. As soon as we figure out the blouse we will update the post.
The Duchess wore another item from Canadian favorite Aritizia, her scarf.
Meghan had on her go-to Birdies Starling Slippers ($120). The shoes are velvet and have a memory foam cushion for comfort. Meghan’s are the Blackbird style which has now been replaced by the Starling.
Our WMW fashion recap from the WMW Instagram page:
We will see you in a few hours for tonight’s formal reception at the British Ambassador’s home. Guests at the function will include influential Moroccan women, disabled athletes and young entrepreneurs.
It looks like this Royal Family Channel video covers just the events at the boarding house.
- Learn more about Education for All on the charity’s website; the organization’s Twitter feed is here
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Mirror’s rolling live coverage is here; The Standard’s story is here; The Telegraph’s story by Hannah Furness is here; Hello‘s rolling live coverage is here
- A People story is here; The Telegraph’s photo gallery is here; a PopSugar gallery is here