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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 March 2019

Meghan Markle's Moroccan shoes: Royal picks up Zyne babouche slippers

The Duchess of Sussex was won over by two mules from the emerging luxury label

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Andalusian Gardens' artisanal market. Instagram / Zyne Official
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Andalusian Gardens' artisanal market. Instagram / Zyne Official

If you want to follow in Meghan Markle's footsteps, you better be quick. The Duchess of Sussex, who visited Morocco earlier this week on an official three-day trip with husband Prince Harry, snapped up two pairs of shoes from a trend-setting local label during her time in the North African country.

On day two of the royal couple's visit, the pregnant duchess was taken to the Andalusian Gardens in the capital of Rabat, where local artisans were showcasing their wares. Among the brands on offer was Zyne, a Moroccan label that specialises in luxury footwear inspired by the nation's traditional babouche slipper.

Founded in 2016 by Zineb Britel and Laura Pujol, the label is stocked at high-end retailers and e-tailers such as Moda Operandi and Level Shoes.

Zyne's collections include hand-embellished, beaded slip-on mules, satin and crystal-adorned kitten heels and rustic raffia sandals, putting a glamorous, ultra-modern spin on classic silhouettes.

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with Britel and Pujol, where the couple learned more about the handmade designs, and how Zyne works with local craftspeople in Morocco.

“It was a privilege to be able to present our vision to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was such an honour to be in front of them to introduce how we work with our women and highlight their work,” Pujol told Footwear News.

“They loved the designs and the fact that we work with women in underserved communities … The meeting has of course affected our brand and business awareness in a very positive way, and we can’t wait to see what is to follow.”

The duchess, who is expecting her first child in April, picked out two designs to take home: a navy flat mule, finished with gold beading, which retails for $520 (Dh1,910), and a woven raffia kitten heel, according to the Evening Standard.

While Meghan is not expected to make many - if any - more official engagements before the birth, when she does, we'll be keeping an eye on her shoes to see when she brings a little of touch Morocco to her ensemble.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Andalusian Gardens' artisanal market. Instagram / Kensington Palace
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Andalusian Gardens' artisanal market. Instagram / Kensington Palace

Updated: February 28, 2019 04:10 PM

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