Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 September 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Morocco

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make a three-day trip to the North African nation this month before welcoming their first child

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London on February 7, 2019. EPA
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London on February 7, 2019. EPA

Meghan Markle may be just a few months away from giving birth, but the royal will embark on one more official overseas visit before starting her maternity leave.

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will make a three-day trip to Morocco later this month, Kensington Palace has revealed.

The couple, who are expecting a baby this spring, will visit the North African nation between Saturday, February 23 and Monday, February 25, though their itinerary for the short stay has not yet been released.

"This visit is at the request of Her Majesty's Government," Kensington Palace added while announcing the engagement.

“It will build on the close relationship between the U.K. and Morocco,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson added.

“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.”

The Duchess will be around seven months pregnant at the time of travel, with airlines typically allowing women to travel up to their 37th week of pregnancy.

She revealed last month that baby is due "around April", telling members of a waiting crowd during a royal engagement in Birkenhead that she was six months pregnant.

The trip to Morocco will mark the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's third overseas visit since marrying on May 19, 2018.

The couple visited the Republic of Ireland last July, and embarked on a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in Rotorua, New Zealand, during their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October 2018. AFP
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2018. AFP

The Duchess's pregnancy was announced the day the couple touched down in Sydney, making Morocco the second official visit by the couple while she is expecting.

Updated: February 9, 2019 09:03 AM

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