MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have kicked-off their three-day tour of Morocco with a guard of honour in Casablanca.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were delayed by two hours after their plane was late taking off following the knock-on effects of an earlier delay to their scheduled plane.
Rex Features Harry and Meghan were greeted by the British ambassador to Morocco
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted after landing at Casablanca airport
Meghan and Harry were welcomed to the country by the British ambassador Thomas Reilly.
The Duchess kicked off the tour in style, wearing a red Valentino dress which was accessorised with a pink clutch handbag and matching high heels and gloves.
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.
After landing in the North African country Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to travel to the capital Rabat.
Thomas Reilly, Britain’s ambassador to Morocco, has tweeted about the royal tour, saying: “The visit is a recognition of the strong relationship between our two countries.
“It is a chance to enjoy #Morocco’s history and look to its future, focusing on the role of women, youth and #education in making that future @UKinMorocco.”
Meghan, 37, who is seven months pregnant, and her husband have no official duties this evening.
They are due to fly by helicopter tomorrow to Asni, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains to see the work being done by the charity Education For All, which helps provide an education for girls aged 12 to 18 in rural parts of the country.
Meghan is expected to take part in a Henna ceremony and the couple will then watch a secondary school football match.
The pair will then attend a formal reception hosted by the British Ambassador in Rabat.
Their itinerary on Monday starts with 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.
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.
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The tour comes days after Meghan enjoyed a baby shower in New York with pals including Serena Williams.
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”.
Rex Features The Duchess was all smiles as she left airport
Rex Features Meghan looked elegant in a bright red dress
Reuters The royal couple held hands as they were escorted from the airport
Reuters Meghan cradled her baby bump after stepping off the plane
Reuters The royals were given a warm reception after their flight
Rex Features The final preparations to the guard of honour were being made ahead of the royal arrival
The Mega Agency Meghan recently flew to New York for a lavish baby shower with pals
Getty Images – Getty Prince Harry recently visited 42 Commando Royal Marines at their base in Bickleigh
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