Meghan Markle Visits Morocco in a Dress Rife with Symbolism

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After a busy week spent celebrating her baby shower in New York City, Meghan Markle shows no signs of slowing down. With her sights set on Morocco, she and Prince Harry landed in Casablanca on Saturday night, thus marking the first leg of the royal couple’s three-day visit to the North African country. Donning a bespoke red Valentino cape dress for the flight, the radiant mother-to-be brought sophisticated new levels to travel style. And although they were a little late on arrival due to flight delays, the philanthropic couple looked picture-perfect when meeting with Moroccan officials and Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco.

As it’s their last official trip before becoming parents, the couple intended to make it one with an important purpose. Visiting to promote girls’ education and strengthen the relationship between the two nations, the Duchess of Sussex had female empowerment on her mind – something we’ve come to expect of her. Markle’s activism is well-documented, and has been a central theme to her reign as a royal.

The reason for her visit was obvious, but the message behind her dress needs a little explaining. Out of respect for a color that is so prominent on Morocco’s flag – one that stands for hardiness, bravery, strength, and valor — Markle once again proved that her sartorial choices are more than just stylish coincidences. Her red Valentino look might have been fashionable for the times, but it was also an acknowledgement that carried tremendous weight. Respect for other cultures is more needed now than ever, so kudos to the duchess for setting such a lovely example.

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