More details have been released of the three day visit the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make to Morocco this weekend. Meghan and Harry’s itinerary includes stops in Rabat, Casablanca and Asni.
On arrival at Casablanca Airport, on the evening of Saturday February 23rd, the royal couple will be welcomed to Morocco by the British Ambassador to the country, Thomas Reilly, and his wife. The Duke of Sussex will inspect a Guard of Honour at the airport.
On Sunday, February 24th, Harry and Meghan will head into the Atlas mountains to visit Asni and the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses there. Run by a Moroccan NGO, they provide access to secondary school learning for girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet some of those staying at the boarding houses as well as those teaching them while Meghan will also take part in a henna ceremony.
From there, the couple will head to the Lycee Qualifiant Grand Atlas in Asni to hear more about education provision in the area. And it won’t all be class based – the importance of sport in education will be underlined with a visit to see the pupils playing football.
Harry and Meghan will end their time in Asni at the original ‘Education for All’ boarding house where they will meet the organisation’s founder, Michael McHugo, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. The Duke of Sussex will present him with his honour in a short ceremony.
Sunday evening will see Harry and Meghan attending a reception at the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rabat where they will meet young entrepreneurs, influential women in Moroccan society and disabled athletes.
The third and final day of their visit starts in Rabat where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will learn about the work of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports and its developing programme of supporting children with special needs through riding and caring for horses. Meghan and Harry will see a riding demonstration and will hear from children and teachers about grooming and caring for horses.
Next on the agenda is a spot of cookery at the Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will see how traditional Moroccan cuisine is being used to help children with disabilities develop new skills. They will enjoy a cookery demonstration and meet young people benefitting from the scheme.
From there, Harry and Meghan will travel to the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat to talk to young social entrepreneurs and hear about work in youth empowerment. There will also be a chance for the couple to see traditional Moroccan arts and crafts as they tour the public gardens.
Royal Central will bring you all the details of the tour.