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Meghan Arrives in Casablanca Wearing Red Valentino Dress

Meghan and Harry arrived in Morocco this evening to kick off their three-day royal tour, and Meghan truly made an entrance with her stunning red Valentino dress she was seen wearing at the airport in Casablanca. I mean, just look at it:

Meghan Markle red valentino dress
Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

The couple traveling into Casablanca Airport on a commercial flight. They arrived with a team of nine people including two private secretaries, three communications staffers, a digital officer, a Kensington Palace assistant, a hairdresser (who was paid for privately), and a program coordinator.

Meghan and Harry were warmly welcomed by a battalion of local authorities, including Said Ahmiddouch, the Wali of the Casablanca-Settat region, as well as the British ambassador to Rabat, Thomas Reilly, and his wife.

Mr. Reilly said ahead of their arrival: “When we began planning for this visit, I had a very clear view in my mind of the story we wanted this visit to tell. In a fortunate stroke of serendipity, we found the story fits almost identically with interests which are close to Their Royal Highnesses hearts. The Duke and Duchess will be shown the transformational impact of community-based programmes and Morocco’s changing attitudes towards women. There is much more to do in this arena. But it is clear that attitudes are changing fast – as demonstrated by the influential role that women are increasingly playing in modern Morocco’s sporting, social, political, commercial and cultural scenes.”

He also tweeted:

It’s been reported that Meghan consulted her doctors ahead of the trip to ensure it was safe for her to travel. It’s believed that Meghan is nearly six-seven months pregnant now.

According to Kensington Palace the purpose of Meghan and Harry’s trip is to “build on the close relationship between the U.K. and Morocco.” It was also noted that “The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”

Meghan Markle Harry arrive Casablanca
Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

The trip comes just days after we saw Meghan in NYC for her baby shower thrown by her close friends at The Mark Hotel. The trip also marks Meghan and Harry’s first joint tour of 2019 – You’ll recall their unforgettable visits to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, and Ireland on behalf of The Queen in 2018.

Meghan Markle red Valentino dress
Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Mr. Reilly shared the following tweet after meeting Meghan and Harry.

Harry inspected a Guard of Honour from the Auxiliary Forces, who were dressed in dazzling white uniforms.

Prince Harry Guard of Honour from the Auxiliary Forces
Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Meghan and Harry were also treated with milk and dates

Meghan Markle Prince Harry dates milk morocco
Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

You can watch the whole arrival below

Black limousines then took the duke and duchess – plus their entourage of nine- to meet Morocco’s Crown Prince Moulay Hassan who welcomed them at Rabat’s royal guest palace. Upon their arrival, the duke and duchess observed another guard of honor.

Meghan Markle Prince Harry Crown Prince Moulay Hassan

King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife, Princess Lalla Salma, have two children: the crown prince Moulay Hassan who is 16 years old, and 12-year-old princess Lalla Khadija. Moulay, who will succeed his father as king one day, is making a big impression on people who meet him, and you’ll often see him alongside the king at major events internationally and in Morocco.

He cares deeply about the world and works closely with his father to make sure Morocco is a peaceful place for people from all walks of life. In 2017, the prince warmly welcomed visiting Palestinian children while introducing them to Morocco’s culture.

Crown Prince Moulay Hassan
Credit: Moulay Hassan Facebook

Harry and Meghan were offered the traditional Moroccan welcome of dates and milk again when they arrived at Rabat’s royal guest palace

Meghan Markle Prince Harry dates and milk
Credit: Kensington Palace

Meghan looked chic upon arrival in Casablanca this evening, wearing a bespoke red Valentino dress with an embroidered capelet.

Meghan Markle Valentino dress

Meghan likely opted for a red cape dress in tribute to the country’s colors.

Morocco flag

She styled it with a pair Gianvito Rossi satin pump.

Meghan Markle Gianvito Rossi satin pump.

Meghan carried the Valentino V-Ring Crossbody Bag in Pink

Meghan Markle Valentino V-Ring Crossbody Bag in Pink

And accessorized with her Natalie Marie Diamond Sun Studs.

Meghan Markle Natalie Marie Diamond Sun Studs

Tomorrow we will see Harry and Meghan visiting schools, including a boarding house run by Education For All; a Moroccan organization which helps females from rural communities continue their education.

Stay tuned!

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