The Duchess of Sussex stunned in a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she joined her husband for a meeting with King Mohammed VI on the last night of the couple’s Morocco tour.
Meghan, who is around seven months pregnant, wore a flowing blue dress with frilled sleeves at the monarch’s residence in Rabat on Monday evening.
It is believed to be a custom version of a £3,222 chiffon gown from Herrera’s AW19 collection.
Featuring a flattering crew neck and a fitted waistline, the show-stopping dress with flared short sleeves is by a designer favoured by Queen Letizia of Spain.
There was no sign of the King’s wife Princess Salma, despite having natural common ground with Meghan as a keen supporter of women’s rights.
Dubbed Morocco’s ‘missing princess’, Lalla Salma, now 40, has not been seen in public since the end of 2017 when she visited the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat – and there has been endless speculation surrounding her whereabouts.
Fashion finale! Meghan, who is around seven months pregnant, wore a flowing blue dress with frilled sleeves at the Moroccan monarch’s residence in Rabat on Monday evening, marking the end of the couple’s three-day tour of the north African country
Harry and Meghan with the King of Morocco (second right) and his son the Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan (left) at his residence in Rabat, during a private audience tonight. There was no sign of the King’s ‘missing’ wife Princess Salma
The couple arrived in style at the King’s Residence in Rabat tonight. Earlier, the Duke and Duchess heard about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs living in the capital
Special delivery! The Duke of Sussex appeared to be carrying a letter from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI as he arrived at the monarch’s royal residence in Rabat tonight, marking the end of the couple’s three-day tour of the north African country
Some believe the mother-of-two has divorced from King Mohammed and is being hidden in Morocco, while others think she may be living in exile in the US, or on the Greek Island of Kea with the couple’s youngest daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija, 11.
However, the palace has never confirmed the couple’s rumoured split and the Moroccan media has reportedly chosen to ignore the princess’ disappearance from public life.
Plans for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make a return trip to Morocco appear to be in the offing after Harry said they would come back and ‘keep it very quiet’.
The couple ended their three-day tour by spending around an hour with the king at his private residence surrounded by his immediate family – with the duchess making her third outfit change of the day.
The King granted an audience to Harry and Meghan in his private home, a 1950s Arabic-style country mansion set in a lush garden of ferns and bamboo trees in the capital Rabat.
But it was more like a get together with friends with the 15-year-old Crown Prince Moulay Hassan greeting the couple outside the door after they arrived in the King’s vintage Mercedes 600 SEL, loaned to the couple during their stay.
Harry and Meghan are all smiles as they are greeted by Morocco’s Crown Prince Moulay Hassan this evening. The royal couple, who are on a three-day tour of the North African country, spent last night with the country’s British Ambassador
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shake hands with the Crown Prince of Morocco, Moulay Hassan, after leaving the residence of the The King of Morocco in Rabat. It is the second time the couple have met the prince during their stay
Meghan, who put on a tactile display with her husband, was wearing a dress by Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera. It is believed to be a custom version of a £3,222 chiffon gown from Herrera’s AW19 collection
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the King’s residence in Rabat, marking their final evening. The Duchess, who has made women’s empowerment a key part of her work, has discussed issues facing women during her trip to Morocco
Meghan’s bump was on full display in the flowing Carolina Herrera gown. The Duchess of Sussex recently revealed to a member of the public that her first child with Prince Harry is due in ‘late April or early May’
The head of state was all smiles in the doorway and Harry and Meghan both complimented his home which featured an ornate internal courtyard behind the monarch, richly decorated with Arabic designs.
There was one formality with Harry presenting a private message from his grandmother the Queen in a large envelope.
In a side room the royal party sat down with the Crown Prince joining Meghan on a sofa, Harry and the King nearby on another, and on a third sofa the monarch’s sisters Princesses Meryem and Hasna and his brother Prince Moulay Rachid.
Harry described how he had an invitation from an unknown individual to stay on after their tour ended: ‘He was very keen on getting us down there two days after this trip, unfortunately we have commitments to get back to.’
The Duke of Sussex also said to the King that he would not be able to take up the ‘fantastic invitation’, but he added: ‘Next time we will schedule it properly. We will keep it very quiet from everybody out there.’
Meghan with King Mohammed VI at his Rabat residence. There was no sign of the King’s wife Princess Salma, despite having natural common ground with Meghan as a keen supporter of women’s rights
The Duchess is all smiles as she speaks to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. Meghan, who is around seven months pregnant, wore a flowing blue dress with frilled sleeves at the monarch’s residence in Rabat on Monday evening
Earlier the couple visited he Social Entrepreneurs event and market in the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat.
The Duke and Duchess heard about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs.
Meghan and Harry arrived hand in hand at their third engagement on Monday morning, having put on a very tactile display throughout the day.
The parents-to-be were seen admiring the traditional Moroccan arts and crafts on display in the walled public garden amid exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees.
During their stay in Morocco, Harry and Meghan have already met the couple’s son Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, 15, who is one of the ‘richest teenagers in the world’. It is thought to be the first time that the British royal family have met the future monarch of Morocco.
Meghan stunned in Carolina Herrera to meet Morocco’s royal family tonight. Featuring a flattering crew neck and a fitted waistline, the show-stopping dress with flared short sleeves is by a designer favoured by Queen Letizia of Spain
Meghan, who is between seven and eight months pregnant, looked glowing as she joined her husband for the private meeting in Rabat tonight. The Duchess of Sussex pulled her hair back into a tight bun and kept her makeup to a minimum
The Duchess, who has made women’s empowerment a key part of her work, has discussed issues facing women during her trip.
She had a conversation with Meriem Bensalah, chief executive of finance and agricultural firm the Holmarcom Group, who told her that Moroccan women had made great advances towards equality but still faced disadvantages.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also traveled to the town of Ansi in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to visit a secondary school and meet pupils on Sunday morning.
Last night saw Meghan pull out all the stops in a in a sweeping kaftan-inspired Dior gown as she joined husband Prince Harry for a reception at the British ambassador’s residence in Morocco.
The royal couple, who are on a three-day tour of the North African country, spent Sunday evening mingling with captains of industry, military officers, disabled athletes and young business leaders.
The evening event was hosted by British ambassador Thomas Reilly and his wife Leah at their official residence in the capital of Rabat – a city which has been rocked by riots in recent days.
What are Harry and Meghan doing in Morocco?
Saturday 23 February
The Duke and Duchess departed London on Saturday afternoon and arrived in Casablanca on a commercial jet, but did not land until shortly before 9pm due to delays.
They were greeted by the British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, and his wife Alix at Casablanca Airport, before Harry inspects a Guard of Honour.
Sunday 24 February
Meghan and Harry’s three-day trip has focused on the subject of female empowerment. Above, they walked in without seeing Rania and Rayhana, pictured, who were waving a British and Moroccan flags, but they spotted them as they left and Meghan immediately made a beeline for the sisters and bent down to say hello (pictured)
The Duke and Duchess began their day with a visit a boarding house in the town of Asni.
The Moroccan NGO Education For All (EFA) builds boarding houses for girls aged 12 to 18 to ensure that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountains region are able to access secondary education.
The couple met girls living at the boarding house and the housemother, and toured the facilities where a henna ceremony was performed on the Duchess.
On Sunday the Duchess of Sussex dazzled in a sweeping kaftan-inspired Dior gown as she joined husband Prince Harry for a reception at the British ambassador’s residence in Morocco
Mother-to-be Meghan, 37, looked radiant in the custom crystal-embellished cream number, which she teamed with metallic heels, a favourite pair of £6,950 diamond earrings and a satin clutch, also by Dior
They later visited the local Secondary School meeting students and teachers, before watching children playing football.
The royals continues their busy day with a visit to the original EFA boarding house where the Duke invested Michael McHugo, the founder of ‘Education for All’, with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Michael McHugo was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2019 for services to improving gender equality in education in Morocco.
Following a busy day the Duke and Duchess attended a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco and his wife in Rabat, meeting influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs and disabled athletes among others.
Monday 25 February
Harry and Meghan began their final day with a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports.
They learned more about Morocco’s developing programme of supporting children with special needs through equine therapy.
The Duke and Duchess attended a horse grooming session with some of the children, before watching a riding demonstration and meeting trainers and instructors.
The couple also meet young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have benefited from the programmes at the centre as well as a mental health charity and individuals involved.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports to learn more about Morocco’s developing programme of supporting children with special needs through equine therapy
Pregnant Meghan could be seen eagerly tucking into the sweet snack prepared by one of Morocco’s foremost chefs Dar Moha
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be seen beaming at a stray cat who had wandered into their path as they arrived at their final engagement in Morocco today
In the afternoon Harry and Meghan visited a cooking demonstration where children from under-privileged backgrounds in Rabat learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of Morocco’s foremost chefs.
The Duke and Duchess met disabled children who are working in a specially-designed restaurant in Rabat, as well as viewing local artisan cookery-ware.
Concluding their packed tour in Rabat,the couple visited the Andalusian Gardens where they heard about youth empowerment in Morocco from a number of young social entrepreneurs.
The couple saw traditional Moroccan arts and crafts on display in the walled public garden amid exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees, before meeting King Mohammed VI.