On Sunday, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan spent their first full day in the North African nation of Morocco, where the royal couple is making a two-day visit on behalf of the British government.
Morocco is expected to be the last international trip for the heavily pregnant Meghan, who is reportedly due in April and just returned from her baby shower in New York.
After arriving in Casablanca Saturday evening, the royal couple made a stop in the capital city of Rabat and then flew by helicopter to Asni, a village in the Atlas Mountains outside of Marrakesh.
They visited a school and boarding house operated by the Moroccan foundation Education for All. It houses girls from remote villages who would not otherwise be able to attend high school or college so they may continue their education.
“They know that our families live far from us. They asked me about how far my village is and if I miss my family,” said 17-year-old Samira Ouaddi, whose village, which has no school, is 30 miles away.
Ouaddi participated in a henna ceremony for the pregnant Meghan, drawing flowers on the duchess’ hands that she later reproduced on her own hands and those of her friends.
“It will make my parents really proud when I tell them the story,” she told the Associated Press. “It was so much pressure to do henna on a princess. I was shaking, but she comforted me and said that it’s all okay. She gave me hope.”
An alumna of the school, Khaoula Aittoufkirt, told the AP, “It’s great that they have a princess to look up to. They thought that they would be lofty and arrogant but were pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s the opposite.”
After their meet-and-greet with the students, Meghan and Harry headed back to Rabat, where they attended an evening reception at the residence of Britain’s ambassador to Morocco.
Meghan, who had dressed in a navy blazer, black shirt, pants and loafers for the trip to Asni, swept her loose hair up into a tight bun and donned a flowing cream Dior gown featuring long sleeves and a high, ruched neckline for the ambassador’s party.