The Duchess wore an ensemble by Valentino for this evening’s arrival in Morocco as she and Prince Harry begin their two-day visit to the country.
The couple landed in Casablanca after a flight that would have been a little over three hours.
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They were greeted by Thomas Reilly, the British Ambassador to Morocco, and his wife, Leah. A quick video of the arrival.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Morocco for a three-day tour. pic.twitter.com/Kyt16u25b2
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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.
This video by Chris Ship of ITV shows the duo as they stopped by the airport’s royal suite.
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) February 23, 2019
The Daily Mail also reports “Meghan declined to sample the treats but Harry picked a date from the top of a large mound on a platter. The couple were also offered milk, which is a traditional welcome in the country.”
Victoria Murphy shared some of Ambassador Reilly’s thoughts on the visit, noting its “…focus on women’s empowerment, girls education, inclusivity and the encouragement of social entrepreneurship.” The Ambassador clearly enjoyed meeting the Duke and Duchess.
UK spokesperson Alyson King spoke about the visit, saying it…
“…highlights the growing strength and depth of bilateral relations between Britain and Morocco, and the importance of Morocco for the UK as a stable African and Arab country with a strategic vision for growth and development that includes all Community components…”
Another view of Meghan this evening.
After the airport formalities, the Duke and Duchess traveled to Rabat, about an hour away. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and the country’s second largest city. Here you see their arrival.
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Meghan and Harry are staying in one of the royal residences as guests of the King.
This evening they met the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, age 15, after arriving at their lodging in Rabat.
They were welcomed with more delicious-looking dates.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore for tonight’s Casablanca arrival, beginning with her bespoke dress and cape by Valentino.
As we expected, Meghan incorporated one of Morocco’s national colors into her wardrobe for the visit. Red is the country’s flag color; you can see the flag in our Royal Visit graphic.
The color is described as representing “hardiness, bravery, strength and valor.” Another view.
Valentino posted on Twitter about the Duchess wearing their dress, cape and carrying their bag. They note the designs are by the house’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli.
The always-on-top-of-things UFO No More shared photos from Valentino’s s/s 2013 collection that have similarities to Meghan’s dress.
— UFO No More (@ufonomore) February 23, 2019
The cape is attached by buttons on at the shoulders; you can just see the buttons on the inset photo below left.
Another interesting element of the design: there is an additional layer down the center portion of the dress. In these photos you can just see the fabric.
While this is the first time we have seen Meghan wear the brand since her engagement to Harry, she did wear Valentino in her role as Rachel Zane on Suits. Thoughts on the look from Jessica’s Fug Girls post.
I firmly endorse her drifting toward Valentino — if only because I personally like Valentino better and it is ultimately all about me. In looking at her, I thought, “this feels very Queen Maxima” — which is OBVIOUSLY a MASSIVE compliment — and I think that’s because of the gloves, as a Smartly Clutched Glove always feels like a Euro Royal thing to me.
Meghan’s bag is also by Valentino, it looks like the brand’s small V-Ring Leather Crossbody ($2145) in pink.
The bag is made in smooth calfskin and buffalo leather, and features antique brass hardware. Our thanks to Meghan’s Mirror for their ID work on the bag.
Her shoes remain unidentified at this point, we continue hunting for the designer and style.
Meghan’s hair was worn up. The lighting made it difficult to get a really good look at her updo.
The Duchess wore her Natalie Marie earrings, the Diamond Sun Studs ($1976) in 14K yellow gold first seen during the Australia tour. A few updates about the next two days, beginning with word we do not expect to see any walkabouts during the visit. That is because of recent protests in Rabat that became violent; more from this Daily Mirror story:
Amid fears more protests are planned, a royal source said: “The decision was taken to not include a walkabout in Morocco over fears for the duke and duchess’s safety.
“Both Meghan and Harry draw huge crowds wherever they go in the world and they have a real propensity to get in among the crowds, interacting with them, very closely. “Due to the nature of the protests across the country this was strongly advised against which they both understood.”
Also, a formal audience with King Mohammed VI has been added to the Monday schedule.
The couple is accompanied by an entourage of nine. Victoria Murphy reports this includes three press staff, two assistant private secretaries and a hairdresser. She also noted that “..medical provision has been made for seven months pregnant Meghan.”
A look at tomorrow’s schedule:
- The day begins with a visit to an Education for All boarding house, located in Asni, situated in the Atlas Mountains. The organization provides housing for girls ages 12-18 to ensure they have access to secondary education. The couple will meet teens who live at the facility and the housemother.
- Next on the agenda, a stop at the Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas, another secondary school located in Asni. Meghan and Harry will meet students and watch a football game.
- The Duke and Duchess then visit the original Education for All boarding house where the program began. Prince Harry will invest Michael McHugo, the founder of EFA, with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Mr. McHugo is being recognized for his work improving gender equality in education in Morocco.
- There is then a break in the schedule for lunch and travel to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
- Sunday night there is a formal reception at the British Ambassador’s home. Guests at the function will influential Moroccan women, disabled athletes and young entrepreneurs.
Here is an outstanding video from ITV; it runs about 2:35.
This video from ITN’s Royal Family Channel is about 3:30.
We’ll see you tomorrow!
- Our Royal Visit Morocco page is here, with the detailed schedule, lists of social media accounts to follow, and more.
- Ambassador Thomas Reilly’s Instagram page is here and his Twitter feed is here
- The King’s official Facebook page is here; the King’s Instagram page is here; the Moroccan Monarchy’s Twitter feed is here
- The Daily Mail‘s story is here; The Mirror’s coverage is here; The Evening Standard’s piece is here; the BBC’s story is here; The Telegraph’s article is here
- PopSugar’s gallery is here; the Fug Girls post is here