They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, which appeared to be precisely the case between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their visit to Morocco this weekend.
The Duchess of Sussex, fresh from a little-known secret trip to New York City (which included a private, friends-only baby shower), accompanied her husband for a three-day scheduled appearance to Morocco after some time apart. Throughout their time in the country, the pair was spotted holding hands, laughing with each other, and sharing a variety of tender moments as they met with locals.
RABAT, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of their tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Yui Mok – Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, visit the Kasbah of the Udayas near the Moroccan capital Rabat. on February 25, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
The couple was welcomed by an official guard of honor who took the pair to meet Crown Prince Moulay Hassan in Rabat. Kensington Palace said the purpose of their visit was to meet with youth and to highlight the importance of girls’ educations in an ever-changing landscape in today’s Morocco.
During the official trip, the pair met with an artisan while stopping by the Kasbah of the Udayas. There, Prince Harry was photographed helping Markle with her ponytail as she greeted the local.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, meet with an artisan during a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas near the Moroccan capital Rabat. on February 25, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
ASNI, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a Henna ceremony as they visit the “Education For All” boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. “Education For All” ensures that girls from rural communities in the High Atlas Mountain regions have access to secondary education. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby – Pool/Getty Images)
The pair, who married in May 2018 at Windsor Castle, is currently expecting the arrival of their first child together in April. Ahead of the birth of the baby, Markle’s close girlfriends, including Serena Williams and stylist Jessica Mulroney threw the duchess a sweet shower at the Mark Hotel in New York City. Additional celeb guests included Amal Clooney, Abigail Spencer (who had a recurring role on Suits), and Gayle King.
King touched on the topic of the shower on CBS This Morning last week. “She didn’t open any of the gifts because she wants to do that when she and Harry are back together,” the talk show host said of Markle. The party itself also included floral arranging, which was eventually donated in tandem with Repeat Roses.
RABAT, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports to learn more about Morocco’s developing programme of supporting children with special needs on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess will attend a horse grooming session with some of the children, before watching a riding demonstration and meeting trainers and instructors. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/ WireImage)
“It just speaks to who she is: She’s very kind, she’s very generous, and a really, really sweet person,” King said of the royal. “I think her friends just wanted to celebrate her. Serena and her best friend who’s been her best friend since she was 17, Genevieve [Hillis], and her friend Jessica Mulroney. Those were the three women who put it all together. It was a very, very small, private affair and just a very special time for her.”
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 24: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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