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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry banned from walkabouts in Morocco over fears for their safety

The couple will visit Rabat this weekend

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been banned from walkabouts in Morocco, over fears for their safety.

The Duke and Duchess fo Sussex will jet to Rabat this weekend, but royal protection officers are being extra cautious – after protests by teachers over pay and healthcare sparked violence in the city just a few days ago.

According to the UK Mirror, protection officers have drawn up “exit plans”, amid fears more protests have been planned.

A royal source said: “The decision was taken to not include a walkabout in Morocco over fears for the duke and duchess’s safety.”

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“Both Meghan and Harry draw huge crowds wherever they go in the world and they have a real propensity to get in among the crowds, interacting with them, very closely.

“Due to the nature of the protests across the country this was strongly advised against which they both understood.

“Reports from the country suggest protests have been peaceful but police reaction has been heavy-handed which has thrown up obvious concerns that tensions could flare up if repeated during the royal visit,” the source continued.

“Those responsible with protecting the royals on foreign visits have sought strong assurances security will be bolstered during the couple’s trip.”

 

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A security source added: “Every precaution has been taken due to the changing shape of the environment.”

Other sources have claimed that MI6 requested an intelligence report from Moroccan authorities this week, following the protests in Rabat. It’s believed the report was then passed to the head of royal protection at the Met Police.

Upon their arrival in Morocco, Harry and Meghan will fly by helicopter to the town of Asni in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, to visit a project called Education For All.

On Monday, the pair are set to visit an equestrian centre, attend a cookery demonstration, and will be given a tour of the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat.

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