The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met young women in Morocco to show support for girls’ education.

The couple were welcomed to a boarding house in the village of Asni by the girls, who waved flags and sang songs.

During the visit, the pregnant duchess was given a traditional Moroccan henna tattoo, which is intended to bring luck to her first child.

Harry and Meghan, who flew from the capital Rabat by helicopter, are on a three-day visit to the country.

Samira Ouaadi, 17, who drew a floral pattern on Meghan’s left hand and wrist with brown henna paste, said: “It’s tradition for pregnant women in Morocco to have a henna tattoo. We do it for major celebrations like getting married or having a baby.”

The Duke and Duchess announced their pregnancy last October and the baby is expected at the end of April or early May.

When the artwork was finished, the duchess said the design was “really lovely” and showed her husband.

The couple’s first official trip to the north African nation is aimed at strengthening links with the UK.

The secondary school is run by a Moroccan group that provides classes for girls from rural areas whose families cannot afford their education.

Kensington Palace said the charity Education for All “has given girls from the poorest villages and most remote areas of Morocco the chance to reach their potential and contribute to Morocco’s continued development”.

The Duchess of Sussex meets wellwishers as she visits a secondary school with Prince Harry

The couple visited classrooms, where most of the girls speak French.

The duchess asked: “Qu’est-ce que tu veux etre quand tu quittes l’ecole? – What do you want to be when you leave school?”

The first Education For All project was opened in 2007 and now has 50 girls enrolled at university.

Meghan and Harry walked along a line of students and touched their hearts each time they shook a pupil’s hand.

The duke asked one pupil “is this the best school in Morocco?” as they were led inside the boarding house.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the "Education For All" boarding house for girls aged 12 to 18 in Morrocco