RABAT – The United Kingdom’s Dukes of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, explored some of Morocco’s most famous sites on Monday, the last day of their tour to the northwestern African kingdom, including Rabat’s historic Kasbah of the Udayas, where they viewed its Andalusian gardens and discovered some of the country’s outstanding craftsmanship, much as normal tourists might, Kensington Palace said.
Upon arrival at the city’s Kasbah, a 12th-century fortress considered one of Rabat’s oldest monuments, the royal couple was received to the rhythms of Gnawa music.
“The Duke and Duchess visit Rabat’s beautiful Andalusian Gardens to meet some of Morocco’s young social entrepreneurs,” the palace said on its official Twitter account.
Gnawa music is a rich Moroccan repertory of ancient African Islamic spiritual and religious songs and rhythms.
Stalls of Moroccan handicrafts had been distributed inside the gardens, placed in similar positions to those they traditionally occupy in the medinas and souks of the cities such as Rabat, Marrakesh and Fez.
However, on this occasion, the stands were manned by young businessmen and women.
The couple walked from one stand to another while listening to the explanations of the artisans who gave descriptions of their centuries-old customs that singled them out in the Arab world.
Among souvenirs given to the couple were a hand-stitched leather pouffe, a bronze tray and some paintings with the royal couple’s names written in Arabic calligraphy.
Harry greeted each person he met by placing one hand to his heart after shaking hands and then tilting his head slightly, a traditional greeting in the Arab world, a detail that was received with clear approval.
Prince Harry showed an evident interest in Moroccan traditions, like those surrounding the henna ceremony, and he was seen eating all the palm dates that were offered to him, while Meghan, who is seven months pregnant, politely declined each offer.
The last day of the royal couple’s stay in Morocco had begun with a visit to the Royal Equestrian Federation where they studied some Arab thoroughbred horses before listening to a discourse on equine therapy, a method used to in the rehabilitation of disabled children.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet disabled young people grooming horses at the Royal Equestrian Club and hear how spending time with horses is a source of therapy for them,” Kensington Palace said below a photograph of the couple. “Meeting staff who work here at the Royal Equestrian Club – who have seen how beneficial spending time with horses can be for disabled children and those suffering from mental health issues.”
The couple’s visit also had its gastronomic moment when they enjoyed a culinary demonstration of some of Morocco’s main dishes, including sweets, organized by internationally renowned Chef Dar Moha.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take part in a cooking activity with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with @Chef_Moha, an awarding-winning chef, known for reinventing Moroccan cuisine,” the palace said.