Duchess Meghan Shines in Dior for Evening Reception

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex concluded day two of their official visit to Morocco with an evening reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Rabat.

The Duke and Duchess arriving with Ambassador Reilly and his wife Leah.

They were presented with gorgeous flowers from Ambassador Reilly’s daughters Orla and Elsa. Meghan spoke to the girls, saying: “Thank you, that’s so kind. They’re beautiful.”

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‘The Duchess introduced her husband, turning to him saying: ‘This is Harry,’ as the Duke bent down to shake the sisters’ hands. After asking Elsa her name Meghan was handed a second bouquet, which she smelt exclaiming ‘Wow, they are so sweet.’

Afterwards Orla said: ‘We were quite nervous meeting them but they were really nice. Prince Harry asked us if we lived here all the time or whether this was a temporary house and asked us if we had parties like this every week, which we don’t otherwise it would be a lot of work! It’s been a lot of preparation but really fun.

‘The flowers we gave them were from our garden which we helped choose and Meghan said they were beautiful which we are so glad about.’ Elsa said: ‘It’s been very busy but at the end it all turned out well and it was very good.’

Day two saw the couple travel to Asni in the Atlas Mountains to meet staff and students at leading girls’ education organisation Education for All and a local secondary school to hear more about efforts in the area to improve access to education. Seventy percent of women in Morocco are illiterate with the figure rising to eighty-three percent in the most rural areas.

Meghan told students she’s “proud” of their work and asked them about their aspirations for the future. Harry also presented founded Michael McHugo with his MBE.

Inside, Harry and Meghan washed their hands in scented rose water, a time-honoured tradition in Morocco.

The reception continued the focus on highlighting women and young people making a difference in the country. They met a hundred and thirty influential Moroccan women, young entrepreneurs, athletes and military officers.

During a conversation with a group of female executives, Meghan discussed the importance of women globally doing more to improve opportunities: “Women have to challenge everywhere in the world.”

Rebecca English reports:

‘The Duchess, who has made women’s empowerment a key part of her work, was responding to Meriem Bensalah, chief executive of a finance and agricultural firm called the Holmarcom Group, who told her that Moroccan women had made great advances towards equality but still faced disadvantages.

‘We were discussing how there are still many boundaries all over the world,’ the business executive said. 

The couple appeared in good spirits as they spent time speaking to some 130 influential Moroccans at the reception, including captains of industry, military officers, disabled athletes and young entrepreneurs.’

Meghan meeting guests.

Harry chatted with members of the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie who attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. During a 44-week training course in Camberley, Surrey, Prince Harry was known as Officer Cadet Wales. The course was intensive and involved both theory and tough physical training. Prince Harry was commissioned as an army officer on Wednesday, 12th April 2006. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, took the salute at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Harry’s time in the military has greatly influenced his work and led to the creation of the Invictus Games.

A great photo of Meghan from Kensington Palace.

Ambassador Thomas Reilly shared photos from his residence ahead of the royal arrival.

A look at the red carpet outside.

A video from the reception.

The Duchess looked radiant in a cream custom made Dior gown for the evening. The Moroccan-inspired, kaftan-style piece was a perfect choice for the occasion and another sartorial nod to her host country. Meghan has turned to Dior for several important events since the wedding, and they’ve always succeeded in creating classic, elegant and timeless pieces suited to the events she’s attending.

A look at the back.

Meghan accessorised with her Birks Snowstorm earrings. The dazzling pair have been one of Meghan’s go-to styles for evening functions over the past year.

The Duchess carried Dior’s embellished gold clutch with a bee design.

What Meghan Wore noted Meghan’s pumps are also Dior.

They appear to be the D-Moi Lamé heels.

A closer look at Meghan’s sleek up-do and make-up.

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The Duke and Duchess have a very busy day tomorrow:

  • The Duke and Duchess will visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports where they will learn about their programmes supporting children with special needs. 
  • Next, it’s a cookery demonstration at Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat. 
  • The couple will meet young entrepreneurs supporting youth empowerment at an arts and crafts market in the Andalusian Gardens.
  •  In the afternoon, they will have an audience with King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

We’ll see you tomorrow!