Today, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex spent the day in the Atlas Mountains, in the village of Asni as part of their royal visit to Morocco. They first visited the Education for All boarding house. EFA enables young girls coming from rural areas to live closer to their school so that they can continue their education. 70% of young women are illiterate because they have less access to secondary schools. The Duke & Duchess met with many of the boarding house occupants and discussed their courses, the career they’d like to have in the future. Meghan also took part in a henna ceremony: it is a tradition to celebrate a woman’s marriage or pregnancy to perform a henna ceremony. One young girl drew flowers on Meghan’s hand. VIDEO
Then they made a visit to a secondary school, the Lycee Qualifiant Grand Atlas where the girls from the boarding house study. They took part in an English class before meeting with students & teachers. Harry & Meghan also watched a football match and met some of the players after the game.
Harry and Meghan ended their visit to the village with an investiture at the original EFA boarding house. Harry appointed the charity’s co-founder Michael McHugo to the Order of the British Empire with an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his efforts in improving gender equality in education in Morocco.
Finally, the couple attended a reception at the British Residence of the UK Ambassador to Morocco in Rabat. Upon their arrival, the Duchess received flowers from the Ambassador’s daughters. The couple met young female entrepreneurs, military representatives and other guests who help shape a new and modern Morocco.
Thank you to my dear friend Carol for many of the photos!