The jet-setting doesn’t stop for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Today, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Morocco from February 23 to 25. The information was scant: “The Duke and Duchess’s visit is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government. Full details of the visit will be announced in due course,” the statement read.
Although it is not known what official engagements they will undertake, it is likely they will meet with Moroccan leaders, such as Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani. The itinerary also could include trips to the country’s major cities, like the capital, Rabat, and the largest city, Casablanca. (Which, if they do go, will surely be a highlight for the thespian royal.)
The trip comes months after their marathon tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, a journey that was well received, both by the public and the press: The duchess made a relatable speech about college affordability, and even baked banana bread for a family in Dubbo. It is also the second overseas tour she will take while pregnant.
For years, the royal family has been practicing “soft diplomacy”—or influencing international relations lightly and indirectly. One example? When Queen Elizabeth visited Ghana—and danced with their president—amid uncertainties between Ghana, England, and the Soviet Union. In 2017, Prince William and Kate Middleton made a flurry of visits to other European countries, like Germany, Poland, France, and Luxembourg, after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The press dubbed it a “charm offensive.”
As Brexit turmoil continues to affect the country, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip comes at a time when international ties need to be maintained and strengthened. So that “Markle Sparkle”? Expect it in full force.
SOURCE: VOGUE COM