Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be spending a weekend in Morocco at the end of February, Kensington Palace revealed today. While some royal fans are convinced the trip is a babymoon, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to welcome their first child in the spring, it’s actually an official visit “at the request of Her Majesty’s Government,” according to the palace.
The couple will fly commercial into Rabat, the capital of Morocco, a source tells our correspondent. The trip has been in the works since the start of the year.
Last month, Meghan reportedly revealed to fans that she’s six months pregnant, which means she’ll be seven months along when she and Harry visit Morocco from February 23—25. People says she’ll be close to eight months along by then.
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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists says it’s safe for pregnant women to use air travel into their third trimester, but not after 36 weeks, The Bump reports. Meghan is still in the clear, and consulted doctors beforehand, the source adds to BAZAAR.
As People points out, Meghan’s royal sister-in-law had similar travel plans when she was pregnant with Prince Louis last year. Kate Middleton and Prince William traveled to Sweden and Norway in late January/early February, when she was about six months pregnant. The visit took place a few months before their son was born on April 23. Meghan previously teased that she might be due at the end of April or early May, too.
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Meghan and Harry’s impending trip will mark their first visit to Morocco as a couple. “It will build on the close relationship between the U.K. and Morocco,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said. “The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”
This won’t be Meghan’s first time traveling while pregnant. She and Harry embarked on a 16-day royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji back in October, right after her pregnancy was first announced.