Heavily-pregnant Meghan’s heading to Morocco! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay a flying three day visit to the country later this month – almost 40 years after the Queen’s ‘tour from hell’
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco on February 23
- The two day visit will see Meghan and Harry take part in various engagements
- It is thought that Meghan will be around 30-weeks pregnant when she flies to Morocco with most airlines allowing women to fly until the 37 week mark
- Comes 39 years after the Queen visited the country for the first and last time
Her due date is getting closer and closer with Meghan expected to welcome her first child with Prince Harry in April, but the mother-to-be shows no sign of putting her feet up.
Kensington Palace has today announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco later this month.
The royal couple will visit the African country from Saturday 23rd February to Monday 25th February and are expected to undertake two days of engagements.
It is thought that Meghan will be around 30-weeks pregnant when she travels and will be safe to fly as most airlines allow expectant mothers to fly up until the 37 week mark.
The Duke and Duchess of Susssex will head to Morocco for a two day visit in two weeks time. Pictured: Meghan and Harry on Bondi beach during their tour of Australia
Their visit comes almost four decades after the Queen had what has been described as her ‘tour from hell’ in the country.
In 1980 the monarch, then 53, visited Morocco for the first and last time as part of her two-week-long tour of Italy and North Africa.
King Hassan II was in power at the time and royal biographer Robert Hardman previously claimed that the king had been overly cautious following two attempted assassinations, resulting in various last minute changes.
IS IT SAFE FOR MEGHAN TO FLY DURING PREGNANCY?
The NHS states it is ‘usually safe’ for pregnant women to fly. However, most airlines will not let women who are 37 weeks pregnant fly. The cut-off is earlier for women carrying twins.
Meghan is believed to be two months from her due date, so is likely to be around the 30-week mark.
Leila Hanna, a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at Queen Mary’s Hospital in London, said there is no evidence to suggest flying while pregnant is harmful.
But she told MailOnline last year that all pregnant women should take precautions to reduce their risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is more likely to occur to passengers on long-haul flights and pregnant women have an even higher risk.
Miss Hanna revealed a low dose of aspirin can help to keep the blood thin for those making short flights.
Meghan’s flight to Morocco is just over three hours so she shouldn’t have to take any extra precautions.
A Foreign Official at the time said of the trip: ‘It was a unique state visit in that nothing that had previously been arranged actually took place as arranged’.
At one point the Queen is reported to have been left alone ‘sitting in the sun for most of the afternoon’ by the King the Express reported last year.
Several other engagements did also almost not go ahead, but the monarch had insisted attending in order not to disappoint the public.
Despite the hiccups on the tour, the 92-year-old monarch was said to be ‘fond’ of King Hassan, and even wrote him a letter of thanks.
We will next see Harry and Meghan on February 12 when they will visit the Natural History Museum.
The Duke and Duchess were last seen on Thursday night when they attended the Endeavor Fund Awards in London’s Drapers Hall.
Meghan, 37, dressed her baby bump in almost head-to-toe bespoke Givenchy, pairing a crisp white shirt with a side-split skirt and box clutch by the designer, which she teamed with £530 Aquazzura ‘Rendez Vous’ pumps.
As they moved around the pre-awards party at Draper’s hall, Harry was heard to tell one invitee: ‘There’s a heavy baby in here.’ For her part, Meghan told one guest: ‘He’s going to be the best dad.’
The engagement comes in the wake of an explosive People magazine article published this week in which five ‘close friends’ of the pregnant Duchess spoke out on the ’emotional trauma’ she has experienced as the result of abusive comments on social media and the ongoing public feud with her father Thomas Markle.
One gave an account of how Meghan had done her utmost to support her father, despite him betraying her by co-operating with a paparazzi photographer over staged photoshoots.
Their visit comes 39 years after the Queen visited the country for the first and last time in what has since been described as the ‘tour from hell’
Meghan and Harry last night attended the Endeavor Fund Awards in London where the mother-to-be said Harry would be ‘the best dad’
After the wedding she reportedly wrote him an emotional letter – which was given almost verbatim to the magazine – asking him to ‘stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship’. He replied, apparently, requesting a photo opportunity.
The group of unnamed friends also voiced their concerns about the effects the strain could well be taking its toll on Meghan and Prince Harry’s unborn child.
‘We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,’ they said. ‘It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.’
Another voiced concerns over the ‘global bullying’ Meghan is facing, saying: ‘We want to stand up against the global bullying were seeing (against Meghan). Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths.’