Duke and Duchess of Sussex to embark on walkaboutfree royal visit after

Security forces charge at protesting teachers during a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco And so here we are, buffeted and rocked by the winds of fate, yet still holding fast. Borne on a lucky tide towards the moment of arrival of the #RoyalVisitMorocco now only 25 hours away. What a sense of anticipation and excitement. To coin a phrase: « It’s gonna be Great »— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) February 22, 2019 Morocco sees an average of 48 protests daily according to the ministry for human rights, AP reported, while official Foreign Office travel advice states that “demonstrations and protests can occur at short notice across the country”.Neither Kensington Palace or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would comment on matters of security. Prince Harry and Meghan in Australia Protesting teachers run from security forces attempting to disperse a demonstration in Rabat, MoroccoCredit:AP The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a walkabout in BirkenheadCredit:Reuters Prince Harry and Meghan in AustraliaCredit:Reuters Unusually for a royal visit, no walkabouts are planned, with the couple only meeting members of the public invited to carefully-controlled engagements. During the royal tour to Fiji last year, the Duchess was rushed from a public market in Suva ahead of time amid what the palace later described as “crowd management issues”.Since then, the couple have undertaken numerous successful walkabouts in their away-days to British cities, often overrunning as they got carried away greeting the public and answering questions from admirers.In Morocco, no such event is planned although they may make an impromptu decision to greet people if the situation allows it.Their schedule will see them emphasise the Duchess’ particular interests, shining a light on the importance of girls’ education in rural Morocco and cooking with children from underprivileged backgrounds. When the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made an official visit to the country in 2011, they were faced with similar conditions and a 4,000-person-strong anti Moroccan monarchy protest just a day before they arrived. British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, shared his excitement about the visit on Twitter with a daily countdown, saying on Thursday: “Off to get my haircut. Then final preparations. Feels like the day before an exam. There is nothing more you can do to make it go right.   “A wonderful mix of excitement and anticipation.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a walkabout in Birkenhead Security forces charge at protesting teachers during a demonstration in Rabat, MoroccoCredit:AP They will also visit a programme which helps children with special educational needs through riding, see a market with arts and crafts from young social entrepreneurs, and attend an evening reception with the British Ambassador in Rabat. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal visit to Morocco will go ahead despite violent demonstrations in the capital this week, with a walkabout-free programme keeping them safely out of harm’s way. The couple will spent two days in the country in what is expected to be their final tour before the arrival of the Sussex baby, travelling to the Atlas mountains and conducting engagements inside homes, hotels and walled gardens.The safety of the couple, including the seven months pregnant Duchess, has been made a priority, with plans assessed in the wake of protests in Rabat on Wednesday in which teachers’ unions marched near to the royal palace.The Association Press reported that police officers had beaten several protesters to the ground, with multiple teachers injured and water cannons used.Coincidentally, the Duke and Duchess’s first full day of engagements will focus particularly on education, taking them out of Rabat to the Atlas mountains to see the work of charity Education For All. Clarence House said security arrangements would be monitored “closely” and the trip went smoothly, with the Prince and Duchess only seeing protestors camped outside the education ministry to demand better pay and conditions as they drove past.The protest on Wednesday marked the eight year anniversary of the Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement. The Sussex visit has been made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is intended to help build the bilateral relationship between the UK and Morocco. It is understood that the security services in each country have been in contact to ascertain the probability of further disruption, with the couple’s protection officers supported on the ground by local police. Protesting teachers run from security forces attempting to disperse a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco