Former actress turned prince’s wife Meghan Markle claims she is a little bit camera shy.
The Duchess of Sussex made the confession when she met a nervous Shetland pony during an official trip to Morocco.
She was with husband Prince Harry as they visited the Royal Equestrian Club Dar Essalam in the capital Rabat, on the third-day of their foreign tour.
They arrived hand-in-hand to learn more about the country’s equine therapy programme for children with special needs.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex toured an equestrian centre during the third day of their foreign tour (Picture: PA)
Meghan dressed down for the meeting (Picture: Reuters)
The couple arrived hand-in-hand (Picture: Reuters)They looked on as three children groomed three Shetland ponies, called Caramel, Xina, and Molly.
Noticing Molly was shaking, Harry joked: ‘Has anyone got any carrots? She’s a bit nervous, this one.’
Meghan, who is thought to be around seven months pregnant joked: ‘Well, we all get a little camera shy. I understand.’
When the couple first arrived they were introduced to Louis Broski, from Holland, the founder of the Centre Social Kariat in Sale, near Rabat, an organisation working with mentally and physically disabled young people.
Mr Broski, who has trained horses for more than 30 years, is one of the country’s leading figures in equine therapy.
Meghan, who is thought to be around seven months pregnant joked: ‘Well, we all get a little camera shy’ when she met a shy horse (Picture: AFP)
The Duchess is thought to be due in the spring (Picture: Reuters)‘It was a challenge,’ he told them, ‘I started with one child, but now 16 years later we have 100 children. My aim is for all disabled children to be fully integrated into Moroccan society.’
‘That is just so important, and this is just a gorgeous space you have here,’ said Meghan, before being introduced to some of the young people Mr Broski brings to ride at the club.
Harry and Meghan met Ekram, 20, who has Down Syndrome, and began riding at the club a month ago.
She told them: ‘I love the connection with the horses, it already makes me feel relaxed and more confident. And I like being outside, with nature.’
Meghan replied: ‘Wow, you’re very impressive. What an accomplished lady. I imagine it’s so therapeutic as well as meditative.’
The Duke and Duchess opted to dress down for the event, with Meghan choosing a striped jumper and jeans for the outing and Harry going casual in a pair of chinos and blue shirt.
The couple were treated to some culinary delights (Picture: Getty)
The next stop was a cooking event at the Villa des Ambassadedur hotel with food served up by children helped by a range of other projects (Picture: Stephen Lock / i-Images)
Under a top chef’s guidance, Harry and Meghan made Moroccan pancakes from Together: Our Community Cookbook (Picture: Getty)The next stop was a cooking event at the Villa des Ambassadedur hotel with food served up by children helped by a range of other projects.
They sampled some of Morocco’s culinary delights, and promised bring ‘the whole family’ back to the North African country while they spoke with top chef Moha Fedal, who hosts the nation’s version of Masterchef.
Rogue plumber set up business under name of Lee KingHe said: ‘You come with your baby to Marrakesh next time’, to which Meghan replied they would ‘love to.’
Under his guidance, Harry and Meghan made Moroccan pancakes from Together: Our Community Cookbook.
Meghan was the driving force behind the publication, suggesting the idea to a group of women who came together to cook at a Muslim cultural centre in north Kensington in the aftermath of the Grenfell blaze.
The couple are known to be keen cooks (Picture: Getty)
The pair returned to their usual glamour in the evening (Picture: EFP)
Megan dazzled in a pleated black dress, teamed with a white blazer and finished the look with some statement gold earrings (Picture: PA)Sales of the book, which was a bestseller, have enabled the cooks from the Hubb Community Kitchen to expand their work producing dishes for their neighbourhood.
The Duke and Duchess returned to their signature glamour late this afternoon as they joined a number of social entrepreneurs at a market in the Andalusian Gardens.
Megan dazzled in a pleated black dress, teamed with a white blazer and finished the look with some statement gold earrings.
Harry had also changed into a sand-coloured suit as he joined his wife for their final engagement of the trip.
The Duke urged recycling firms to put ‘more pressure’ on big companies to end the manufacture of single-use plastic bottles during the visit.
Next up was a visit to a social entrepreneurs event and market at the Andalusian Gardens (Picture: PA)
Harry urged recycling firms to ‘put more pressure’ on big companies to stop using single-use plastic (Picture: PA)He said that while big companies might give money to environmental projects, ‘they are still producing single-use plastic bottles’.
He added: ‘Go to the source.’
Later, the couple toured stands and stopped at a display featuring wallets and shoes made from cured fish skin.
Meghan asked what happened when it got wet, but PhD student Nawal Allaoui replied: ‘It’s waterproof.’
Harry congratulated her on moving away from snakeskin and crocodile skin, while Meghan said: ‘It’s really amazing not to use exotics like that, and instead use something sustainable that would otherwise go to waste.
‘But they still have a fashionable impact.’
Later this evening the Duke and Duchess are expected to meet with King Mohamed for an audience before flying home.