Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have just returned from a whirlwind tour of Morocco, where they spent three busy days meeting with foreign dignitaries and charities working on gender equality.
And it seems the Duchess left one member of the royal family particularly happy with her hard work on the tour, which she has undertaken at around seven months pregnant.
According to a royal source speaking to Vanity Fair, the Queen has been very impressed by Meghan’s strong work ethic during the visit to the African country, especially given that she is so close to her due date.
They said, “The Queen is amazed by the duchess’s energy and stamina given that she is so heavily pregnant,
“For the Queen and her generation, you generally hid your bump and put your feet up in this stage of pregnancy, but Meghan hasn’t stopped.”
That’s certainly true - throughout her pregnancy the Duchess of Sussex has completely plenty of royal engagements, even announcing her first four patronages at the start of this year.
She and her husband even undertook a gruelling, weeks long tour of Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand at the beginning of her pregnancy - so it’s clear she’s happy to work hard!
The source went on to reveal that the monarch may well be giving Harry and Meghan a letter of thanks for their work on the Morocco tour too. Although the Queen reportedly rarely praises her family for performing what she simple sees as their royal duty, it seems she’s keen to make a rare, special exception for Meghan’s hard work so late on in her pregnancy.
They said, “There may well be a letter waiting for the duke and duchess when they return. She respects hard work and loyalty above everything.”
But it wasn't all work for the Duke and Duchess in Morocco. The royal couple spent an extra night and day there without any official duties, in order to relax and unwind before flying home yesterday afternoon.
It's thought that Meghan is just weeks away from giving birth now. During a previous visit to Birkenhead, the Duchess shared with waiting fans that she was due to have her baby around the end of April.
Now Harry and Meghan are back in the UK, it's thought that they'll soon be moving in to their new Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage (opens in new tab), ahead of the birth of their first child.
The pair have certainly got a busy few months coming up!
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