Kate Middleton had left England stunned when, in her seventh month of pregnancy, she had decided to let an Asian girl paint her hand. Then, the Duchess of Cambridge was visiting the Fire Station Arts Center in Sunderland, a place of welcome for children and teenagers from all over the world. And there, among dozens of kids, she met the eighteen year old Shajida Begum, her great dreams of becoming an artist, her emotion, so strong that she pushed Kate Middleton to ask her to make a henna flower on her hand.
The tattoo, temporary, was small and discreet. A little flower not far from the wrist, to which the sister-in-law Meghan Markle wanted to answer big. The Duchess of Sussex, visiting Morocco with her husband, asked seventeen-year-old Samira Ouaadi, one of the girls housed in Ansi’s female shelter, to paint flowers between her forearm and hands.
The result, a giant henna tattoo that winds from the wrist on the palm of the hand, has a propitiatory. In Africa, as in India, Pakistan and the Middle East, henna tattoos are used to celebrate special occasions, especially pregnancies. “It’s like the plant of paradise, with which we mark special occasions,” explained the young woman to Meghan Markle, who refused to wash the tattoo, kept it tight, thanking Samira with a royal: “It’s adorable”.