MEGHAN Markle looked radiant as she stepped out in stunning Dior gown ahead of an ambassador’s reception in Morocco.
The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she held Prince Harry’s hand at the Rabat residence of British Ambassador Thomas Reilly.
PA:Press Association Meghan Markle looked stunning in a Dior gown
PA:Press Association She teamed the outfit with gold shoes and a clutch bag
PA:Press Association Meghan received flowers from the British ambassador’s two young daughters
News Group Newspapers Ltd Meghan and Harry are attending an ambassadors reception in Morocco
PA:Press Association Meghan looked thrilled to receive the flowers
PA:Press Association The couple are on day two of their Royal Tour
She showed off her baby bump in the tight champagne-coloured Dior gown with a sequin cape, which she teamed with gold shoes and a small clutch bag.
Meghan, whose baby is due in April, wore her dark hair pulled back, while Harry was dressed in a navy suit and green tie.
The couple were greeted with flowers by Mr Reilly’s two daughters Orla, 12 and Elsa, eight.
They will tonight meet guests from Moroccan society – including young leaders, entrepreneurs and influential education and sport leaders.
GOOD LUCK CHARM
It comes after Meghan showed off a henna hand tattoo as a good luck charm for her pregnancy on day two of her Royal Tour in Morocco with Prince Harry.
The seven-months pregnant Duchess revealed the design to two young girls on a visit to a school in the Atlas mountains – where she wowed kids by speaking French.
Meghan told Rania, five, and two-year-old Rayhanna: “Hi girls, so cute! What are are your names? So sweet!”
Showing them the henna she added: “Nice, isn’t it? So pretty!”
The plant-based ink – which is safe for expectant mums – is deemed a symbol of good luck and a blessing for any significant event such as a birth.
A teenage pupil drew the flower design during a visit to an educational boarding school the morning after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were being greeted by a guard of honour as they landed in Casablanca.
In brilliant winter sunshine Harry and Meghan were welcomed to the village of Asni by pupils at a centre run by the Moroccan NGO Education For All, founded by Brit entrepreneur Michael McHugo.
Pupils waved Union Jacks and Morocco flags as their guests arrived from the capital Rabat by helicopter.
Meghan and Harry walked along a line of waiting teenagers and following local custom touched a hand to their heart each time they shook the hand of a student.
Inside, the Duchess showed off her impressive French as she asked two girls: “Ce que tu veux etre quand tu quitte l’ecole?” – meaning, what do you want to do when you leave school?
She also asked: “Vous voulez aller a l’universite” – do you want to go to university.
Complimented on her language skills she said: “It’s only high school French! I’m trying.”
PA:Press Association Meghan Markle shows her henna tattoo to Rania, five, and Rayhanna, two, in Morocco today
Getty Images – Getty She revealed a flower design on her left hand
Rex Features She also showed off the temporary ink to Prince Harry
James Whatling The royal couple are on day two of their tour of Morocco
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle talks to school children while visiting a Education For All School in Morocco
Rex Features Pupil Samira, 17, gives Meghan the henna tattoo, said to be a good luck symbol
Getty Images – Getty She cradled her baby bump as she met teenage pupils
Splash News The royal couple, expecting a baby in April, headed to the Atlas mountains on day two of their tour of Morocco
PA:Press Association Teenage girls with Union Jacks greeted them in the remote village
AP:Associated Press Prince Harry touches his heart with his hand in a respectful greeting according to local custom
Rex Features The school is run by a charity set up by a British businessman
Harry asked one pupil “Is this the best school in Morocco?” and as they were taken inside the boarding house he put his hand reassuringly on his heavily pregnant wife’s back.
The students are from remote communities in the mountains whose parents would normally not be able to afford to send their daughters to school after primary education.
Harry and Meghan, wearing shades in the bright sunshine, tenderly held hands as they walked to watch a school football match.
The village is only nine miles from where two Scandinavian backpackers were butchered by a gang of ISIS sympathisers in December.
Mike McHugo, founder of Education for All, said: “The visit is a good news for the people of the area after such a tragic and isolated incident.”
Meghan then had a quick change of outfit into a blouse and high heels and Harry put on a blazer and tie for a ceremony to award Mr McHugh an MBE for gender equality in Morocco.
BUSY ROYAL TOUR
On Monday their itinerary takes them on a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports, which helps support children with special needs.
There they will watch a riding demonstration and attend a horse-grooming session with some of the kids.
They will then go to Villa Des Ambassadors, which teaches disadvantaged children how to cook traditional recipes and will meet disabled kids who work in a specially-designed restaurant.
Finally they will visit a market run by social entrepreneurs and meet young people.
Reuters Local schoolgirls brought flowers for pregnant Meghan
Getty Images – Getty The Royals visited an educational boarding house run by Education For All
YOUSSEFf-BOUDLAL The royals wore shades in the brilliant winter sunshine
YOUSSEFf-BOUDLAL The remote village is in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains
Rex Features Harry places a protective hand on Meghan’s shoulder as they watch a football match
Goff Photos Harry joined in with the youngsters and showed off his footy skills
Andrew Parsons Meghan rocked with laughter when she was invited to have a kick
AP:Associated Press They had a quick change of outfits to dish out an MBE to charity founder Mike McHugh
AP:Associated Press The British entrepreneur founded the Moroccan NGO Education For All, which runs six boarding houses
Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were delayed by two hours after their commercial flight was late taking off following the knock-on effects of an earlier delay to their scheduled plane.
Meghan and Harry were welcomed to the country by the British ambassador Thomas Reilly and his wife Alix.
The Duchess kicked off the tour in style, wearing a red bespoke Valentino dress with a pink handbag and gloves and matching high heels by Christian Dior.
The Duke of Sussex also looked stylish in a grey suit as he inspected a guard of honour in dazzling white uniforms.
The royals then walked along a red carpet that led to Casablanca Airport’s royal suite where they were offered milk and dates.
A motorcade of black limousines was on hand to take them to meet the country’s Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, 15, who welcomed them at the entrance to their villa in the grounds of the royal palace.
They will be staying as guests of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.
Mr Reilly said: “It’s hugely exciting to have their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex here for the 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.
“This official visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will highlight Morocco’s focus on women’s empowerment, girls education, inclucivity and the encouragement of social entrepreneurship.”
The pair are making only their third official overseas trip together, following visits to Dublin and a tour of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific last year.
The royal couple are set to have a busy few days with seven official engagements lined up.
Security fears had been sparked for the royal visit after riots erupted in Rabat earlier this week during a march by teachers demanding more pay.
Royal protection officers are said to be worried about the situation and have banned the royal couple from walkabouts.
The tour comes days after Meghan enjoyed a baby shower in New York with pals including Serena Williams.
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Meghan’s trip to the Big Apple was criticised in some quarters after the lavish visit was said to have cost £330,000.
Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson described the private visit as “pretty unedifying”.
Harry’s dad Prince Charles visited Morocco in 1995 and then again in 2011 with the Duchess of Cornwall.
The girls of the Education For All school sing Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle a welcome song
AFP or licensors Harry and Meghan were offered the traditional Moroccan welcome of dates and milk after landing in Casablanca
Reuters Meghan cradled her baby bump after stepping off the plane
The Mega Agency Meghan recently flew to New York for a lavish baby shower with pals
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