HORSING AROUND: Today is the final day of The Duke and Duchess’s three-day visit to Morocco. Their first stop of the day was to the Royal Equestrian Club in Rabat. Their Royal Highnesses saw first hand how equine therapy helps disabled children and young people with mental health challenges. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with disabled young people grooming horses at the Royal Equestrian Club and heard how spending time with horses is a source of therapy for them. They also met with staff who work at the Royal Equestrian Club, and mental health representatives involved in the program. Harry and Meghan also viewed a riding demonstration.
VIDEOS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Moroccan Equestrian Club
BIG BITE: From there The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in a cooking demonstration with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with Chef Moha, an awarding-winning chef, known for reinventing Moroccan cuisine. Children made Cherine Mallah’s Moroccan Pancakes from ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ – the charity cookbook, supported by The Duchess, which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together. The Duchess later went on to swap cookbooks with Chef Moha, leaving a personal message to him saying: “Chef Moha. Wishing you continued success and congratulating you on your incredible work in engaging the community in cooking. All the best. Meghan”.
VIDEOS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Taste Traditional Moroccan Food | ‘That’s a Big Bite!’
MOROCCAN CULTURE: In the last public engagement of the day Harry and Meghan visited Rabat’s Andalusian Gardens to meet some of Morocco’s young social entrepreneurs. Many of these young people here are working to address youth unemployment and supporting vulnerable communities. Their Royal Highnesses got the chance to see more of Moroccan’s vibrant culture, meeting local artisans in the Andalusian Gardens who showed and gifted The Duke and Duchess some of their creations.
VIDEOS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Andalusian Gardens
FAREWELL: To conclude the tour The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an audience with Mohammed VI of Morocco, The King of Morocco at a Royal Residence. While there Their Royal Highnesses presented letters from Her Majesty The Queen to The King and bid farewell to Mohammed VI of Morocco, his son The Crown Prince of Morocco, Prince Moulay Hassan, and The King of Morocco’s sisters, Princess Lalla Hasna and Princess Lalla Meryem.
VIDEOS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Meet King Mohammed VI
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 1
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 2
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 25 | Morocco Tour – Day 3 – Set 3
EDUCATION FOR ALL: On day two of Their Royal Highness’ tour of Morocco, education took center stage. The Duke and Duchess traveled by helicopter to the Atlas mountains to visit Asni and the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses there. The boarding houses run by a Moroccan NGO, provide access to secondary school learning for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who live in rural areas live nearer to their school so they can continue their education. Upon The Duke and Duchess’s arrival the girl’s greeted them with a welcome song. Inside the classroom, Harry and Meghan talked with girls studying for exams, and chatted about what courses they would like to take in university, and what careers they would like to pursue. In their second visit The Duke and Duchess visited Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, a school next to the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses where students were practicing their English. During this visit a Henna ceremony was performed on The Duchess of Sussex, which is a Moroccan tradition for pregnant women and the couple spoke with teachers from the Lycée Collegial Le Grand Atlas, and then enjoyed watching a football match after classes, meeting with the players.
VIDEOS: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Girls School in Morocco
Later in the afternoon, The Duke of Sussex presented Founder of ‘Education for All’, Michael McHugo, with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2019 for services to improving gender quality in education in Morocco. The presentation happened on the roof of the original ‘Education for All’ boarding house. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess met with some of the girls’ who have lived in the ‘Education for All’ boarding houses, and well as tose who have helped make ‘Education for All’ a success, including housemothers, who look after around 40 girls in each boarding house throughout the week.
EVENING RECEPTION: For their final engagement of the day The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at the official residence of the British Ambassador, Thomas Reilly in Rabat. Greeted by Reilly;s daughters and welcomed with a traditional rose-water ceremony they met young entrepreneurs, influential women in Moroccan society, military representatives and disabled athletes.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 1
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 2
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 24 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 3
OFFICIAL WELCOME: It’s officially the start of The Duke and Duchess’s brief three-day tour of Morocco! The tour will focus heavily on girl’s education and empowerment as well as supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The couple arrived an hour late to Casablanca Airport due to a flight delay with a small entourage. They were officially welcomed by the British Ambassador to Morocco Thomas Reilly, his wife, and other officials. Prince Harry then went on to inspect a Guard of Honour and the couple were then greeted by 15 year old Crown Prince Moulay Hassan at the Royal Residence.
VIDEOS: Prince Harry and Meghan Touch Down in Casablanca on Morocco Visit
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > Morocco Tour > February 23 | Morocco Tour – Day 1 – Set 1
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out for a gala night for a new play that heralds a cause close to their hearts on Tuesday.
The royal couple, who are expecting their first child this spring, attended a special performance at the Natural History Museum in London of Wider Earth, a new theater production that supports their work on behalf of protecting forests around the world.
The Duchess of Sussex sported a monochrome look for the outing, pairing a cream-colored turtleneck dress by Calvin Klein with a coat by Amanda Wakeley, which she previously wore in March 2018 for a church service celebrating Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey. She carried the olive green clutch and green suede pumps she wore for Prince Louis’ christening last summer, and swept her hair into a romantic updo.
Inside the historic London landmark museum, the couple met donors and children and took a peek at some of the exhibits on show, including a preserved common octopus collected by Darwin in 1832, a first copy of On The Origin of Species, and a collection of wasps he made on The Beagle and other voyages.
The production centers around Charles Darwin’s journey aboard the HMS Beagle. The event was in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which Harry, 34, is president, and the production’s official charitable partner, The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) — a network of conservation initiatives to conserve indigenous forests across the globe.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 12 | Attending The Wider Earth gala performance
Kensington Palace announced this morning that Harry and Meghan will undertake a three day visit to Morocco, North Africa later this month.
Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attended The Endeavour Fund Awards at Draper’s Hall in London, England. Meghan fist attended the awards last year while engaged to Harry. The awards recognize the significant achievement of nine members of the Armed Forces Community who were injured or fell ill in service, but have gone on to use sport and adventurous challenge as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. The Endeavour Fund, led by The Duke of Sussex and The Royal Foundation, provides financial backing and guidance to programmes and charities across the UK that support thousands of service personnel and veterans reach their full potential. There are three nominees for each award that have been chosen from a long list of applicants. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chaired the judging panel which has decided the final winners, who were announced at the Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony.
Upon arrival Harry and Meghan attended the pre-ceremony reception where they met the nominees, as well as endeavour participants and key supporters of the Endeavour Fund. At the ceremony Meghan presented the award for Celebrating Excellence Award to Nathan Forster, before presenting the award Meghan said: “I’m so, so grateful to be back. Last year was my first time coming and it was such a meaningful night. Before the reception Harry and I were talking to all the nominees and in speaking to one of them he said, you know after I mentioned to him, ‘Gosh the impact you guys make is huge. It’s so much bigger than you.’ No it’s not about us, it’s the ripple effect. And, in true modesty of all the nominees; yes it is about the ripple effect. What I admired in him – and I feel is true about all the nominees – is you don’t have that ripple effect unless each of you is brave enough to make that first wave. It’s so important to remember that because what you’re doing is inspiring so many people – so thank you from all of us for being that inspiration.”
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 07 | Attending The Endeavour Fund Awards
The Duke and Duchess battled a snowy weather conditions for a day of engagements in Bristol. Arriving a few minutes late by train, Their Royal Highnesses jumped right into their walkabout greeting well-wishers who had lined the streets to see them before heading to their first stop, Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Once inside the couple toured the recently renovated theater, chatted with students taking part in workshops and enjoyed a performance from the Young Company from their production ‘Hercules’.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess Brave the Snow in Bristol
The Duke and Duchess then made a surprise visit to the One 25 Charity to see how they are helping women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues. They met with volunteers who help run the outreach programme and Meghan helped pack lunches and warm clothing which will be distributed to women working on the streets. A key moment from this event came when Meghan decided to write positive messages on banana skins.
VIDEOS: Duchess of Sussex writes encouraging messages for sex workers
Lastly, The Duke and Duchess visited Empire Fighting Chance, a charity that supports children who are failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime, and helps them turn their lives around. Harry and Meghan chatted with young girls taking part in the program, while Harry had a key moment himself, clearing the room to talk for ten minutes with a boy whose father had passed away.
VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Bristol boxing gym
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > February 01 | The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Bristol
Today, (January 31, 2018)
The Duchess of Sussex in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities made a visit to City, University of London to meet with students from the Commonwealth now studying in the UK. The ACU is the world’s first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the patronage to The Duchess of Sussex earlier this year after having held the role for the past 33 years. During her visit Meghan met with scholars and students alike hearing their stories and learning about the work done by the ACU. After her visit Meghan took a few moments to greet the crowd of students who had been waiting anxiously for her in the cold. At one point the crowd started chanting her name.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 31| The Duchess of Sussex Visits The ACU
Today, (January 30, 2019) The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to the National Theatre as Patron. Her Majesty The Queen passed on the Patronage to Meghan having held the role for the past 45 years, earlier this year. During this visit Meghan took the opportunity to learn about the National Theatre’s work with arts and community organisations across the UK. As well as meet with current and former Nation Theatre apprentices. She also enjoyed a performance inspired by War Horse by schoolchildren from Edith Neville Primary School in Camden, which was created to mark the centenary of Armistice Day and watched a line run from Shakespeare’s Pericles — the NT’s first Public Arts production of Pericles was performed by a company of over 200 people of all ages recruited through the National Theatre’s partners.
Appearances & Engagements Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 30 |Visiting National Theatre
Meghan Markle‘s royal calendar is jam-packed!
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is ending the month with a set of solo engagements before kicking off February with a joint outing with Prince Harry, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.
Meghan recently announced the four causes she will officially champion in her royal life, and she’s already paid visits to animal charity Mayhew and Smart Works, a charity that helps vulnerable and longterm unemployed women regain the skills and confidence to get into work.
On Wednesday, the former Suits star will make her first official appearance at another patronage, the National Theatre. The patronage, one of the two roles handed to her by Queen Elizabeth, fits perfectly with Meghan’s acting background.
Meghan will join a workshop with members of the Pericles company, the National Theatre’s first Public Acts production in 2018 which brought over 200 people together with six professional actors to breathe new life into the Shakespeare classic in a musical version. She will then meet current and former apprentices who are working as technicians in various departments including carpentry, metal work and painting. Continue reading Inside Meghan Markle’s Busy Week Ahead — Including a Day Away with Harry!
This evening, (January 16, 2019) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in support of Sentebale, at the Royal Albert Hall. The evening helped raise awareness and funds for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which works with children and young people affected by HIV. Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Before and after the performance The Duke and Duchess met with performers and representatives from Sentebale and Cirque du Soleil. This evening’s show was the second event in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights’ which is continuing to build on the success of the charity’s first production and partnership with the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ which was also attended by The Duke and Duchess back in August of last year.
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | Attending Premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In her first engagement of the day and her first visit as Patron, The Duchess of Sussex visited Mayhew. The Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally. Meghan met with volunteers and residents who have used some of the Mayhew’s services including The TheraPaws Program which uses volunteers and their therapy dogs to go into care and residential homes, hospitals, hospices and day centres across London to engage with residents, provide companionship and brighten up their day and the Mayhew’s Pet Refuge, which provides shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time, like being hospitalised. The Duchess chatted with Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Mo, to learn more about the Mayhew’s work abroad and Head Vet Nurse, Gillian Rich RVN, who spoke about the veterinary work they do on-site at the Community Vet Clinic. Ever the animal lover Meghan was smitten with several of the dogs who either have been adopted from the shelter or looking for their forever homes. We’re sure they won’t be looking for long now!
Appearances & Engagement Photos > Engagements in 2019 > January 16 | The Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew