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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive Hand-in-Hand for 1-Year Countdown for Invictus Games in Germany

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already fired up about next year’s Invictus Games!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday for the Invictus Games’ One Year to Go event.

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 41, walked a red carpet hand-in-hand and were greeted by local officials at city hall. The couple also made sure to give a few pets to a service dog named Loki, who was sporting an Invictus Games bandana — after all, the animal lovers have three dogs at home in California, including their newest member of the family, Mia.

The German hub was first announced as a future host city for the Invictus Games — Harry’s international adaptive sports competition for injured, sick and wounded service personnel and veterans — in 2020 with the event initially set for 2022. However, when the coronavirus pandemic delayed the 2020 Invictus Games in The Hague, the Netherlands until 2022, preparations for Düsseldorf were also bumped back.

Now, the Invictus Games are finally set to commence in the German city from September 9 to 16, 2023.

A cause close to his heart, Prince Harry launched the Paralympic-style sports tournament in 2014 after attending the 2013 Warrior Games in the U.S., inspired by the transformative physical, psychological and social powers of sports for those who have served.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Take the Stage at One Young World Summit amid Return to the U.K.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are back in the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared at the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Monday, their first joint working visit in England since stepping back from their senior royal roles in March 2020. After participating in a private round table on gender equality earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry were greeted with cheers as they stepped onto the stage. Meghan is set to deliver the keynote address at the event’s opening ceremony.

Meghan, 41, has been a One Young World Counsellor since 2014. In 2019, she attended the One Young World Opening Ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall and hosted a roundtable for gender equality activists at Windsor Castle, where Harry, 37, joined her.

During the opening remarks at The Bridgewater Hall this year, co-founder Kate Robertson told the delegates that the “innovation and positivity in this room” can “build the world that future generations deserve.” Onstage, she and the prince shared a hug.

Since launching in 2009, the One Young World community has grown to a network of over 13,700 ambassadors, and their projects have impacted 35.8 million people worldwide, according to the organization.

One Young World’s flagship event unites activists, humanitarians, world leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, politicians and innovators to come together to confront the biggest challenges facing humanity.

The appearance kicks off a busy week for the couple, who relocated to Meghan’s home state of California in 2020 after stepping back from their roles as working members of the royal family. On Tuesday, they will travel to Germany for the Invictus Games’ “One Year to Go” countdown event. Meghan and Prince Harry will then head back to the U.K. to attend the WellChild Awards on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex “are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September,” a spokesperson for the couple said after announcing the trip in August.

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to Visit the United Kingdom Next Month

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are heading to the United Kingdom and Germany next month for a series of special engagements.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes tells BAZAAR.com that the two “are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September,” with stops in Manchester, Düsseldorf, and London.

On Labor Day, September 5, the couple will spend time at the One Young World Summit in Manchester, England, where Meghan will deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremony for young leaders. A spokesperson for the global forum adds that the couple will also meet with a group of summit delegates “doing outstanding work on gender equality.”

Meghan has been a One Young World counsellor since 2014, and this will be her fourth time at the summit, which brings together talent from dozens of countries and sectors to debate and devise solutions to pressing issues.

The following day, the duke and duchess will be flying over to Germany for a special One Year to Go event for the 2023 Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, which begin on September 9 the following year.

In April, the Sussexes spent time in the Netherlands for the 2022 Invictus Games, a sporting tournament for wounded, injured, and sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans, which Harry founded in 2014.

Two days later, Harry and Meghan will return to the U.K. for the WellChild Awards, a ceremony celebrating the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and young people in Britain, alongside those who care for them.

The Duke of Sussex has been patron of the charity since 2007 and considers its annual awards one of the most important dates on his calendar.

This will be Harry and Meghan’s third visit to the U.K. in 2022. In April, the couple spent a night in Windsor to visit Queen Elizabeth II before traveling to The Hague for the Invictus Games. And in June, they traveled with their children, Archie and Lilibet, and attended two official events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

This time around, it’s unclear if they’ll be reuniting with Harry’s royal family.

Before stepping back from their royal roles in early 2020, both the duke and duchess assured charities and organizations close to them that their work would not come to an end.

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The Duchess of Sussex, and Jessica Yellin on Abortion Rights, the ERA, and Why They Won’t Give Up Hope

On June 26—two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—Jessica Yellin, the award-winning journalist and founder of the independent media company News Not Noise, called the two people she knew could put that seismic event into perspective. The first? Gloria Steinem. The second? Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

Steinem, the face of American feminism, and Meghan, a vocal advocate for paid leave and fair labor rights for women, have been friends since 2020. After Meghan learned that they were both sheltering in place in Montecito, California, she asked if Steinem wanted to help her make calls thanking voter-registration organizers. Steinem agreed.

That connection soon blossomed into an alliance, and for the past several months, Steinem and Meghan have been formulating a plan to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified. (“It would explicitly extend to women the rights granted in the Constitution to men,” Yellin tells Vogue. “The ERA would change the playing field for women’s reproductive rights, women’s workplace rights, and so much more. For decades Steinem has been advocating for its enactment, and now Meghan is joining in.”)

So, when the Supreme Court’s ruling came down, Yellin decided to moderate a conversation between the two advocates about their own reproductive choices, the realities of America pre-Roe and post-Roe, and, most importantly, where the country goes from here. “I entered this conversation feeling disoriented by the new reality—anxious that there is no clear path forward. Opponents of abortion built so much infrastructure over so many years. How can that be answered quickly, and how many lives will be destroyed in the meantime?” Yellin says. “For now, some women will be denied basic life-saving medical care because of a power struggle in a dysfunctional political system. But after this conversation, I was reminded that change starts with simple actions—and deadly setbacks sometimes precede transformational change.”

Read their wide-ranging conversation below.

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Meghan Markle Visits Amsterdam Nonprofit Project Fearless

Duchess Meghan brought her most elegant businesswoman style to visit Project Fearless.

The Duchess of Sussex partnered with the Amsterdam-based nonprofit, which works to empower young women and nonbinary students to further their education, be creative, and become the best versions of themselves.

Meghan joined the organization’s first entrepreneurship course as a guest coach to listen to the students’ sustainable business pitches and offer feedback.

She looked chic in a beige blazer, black top, black dress pants, and matching heels. She kept her hair down in loose waves and wore natural makeup and minimal accessories.

“The Duchess’ visit was a brilliant way to celebrate the impact Project Fearless has made over the last three years, introducing the girls to an accessible role model who is making a difference and using her voice,” Project Fearless founder Mérida Miller said.

Meghan has long been an advocate of women’s rights. In 2015, she became a United Nations Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. In 2017, she traveled around India with World Vision to meet girls and women being impacted by the stigmatization of menstrual health. In 2018, she gave a speech about women’s right to education while on a royal tour in Fiji with husband Prince Harry. And in 2019, she wrote empowering messages on bananas to women trying to free themselves of sex work or addiction and spoke on a panel for International Women’s Day at King’s College in London.

In April 2021, the duchess hosted a roundtable discussion with members of Girls Inc. and the National Women’s Law Center that gave young girls a platform to speak about the “breadth of challenges their generation is facing at this moment,” per a statement on Archewell’s website. And this year, to support Women’s History Month, she and Harry offered grants through their Archewell foundation to four leading organizations working to advance gender equity.

Her visit to Project Fearless comes as the nonprofit celebrates its three-year anniversary. “Safe, supportive spaces like Project Fearless allow girls the opportunity to express themselves, build each other up, gain resilience, and tackle new challenges,” she said in a statement.

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May 22 | Polo tournament

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out for a star-studded polo tournament in Santa Barbara yesterday. Harry recently joined polo team Los Padres. The team took home the Lisle Nixon Memorial trophy at yesterday’s event, which was open to the public and attracted stars including Rebel Wilson and Meghan’s actress BFF Abigail Spencer. Meghan was on hand to present the prize.

Embracing the beautiful sunny weather, Meghan opted for a pair of high-waisted, loose-fitting, tailored shorts by New York label Khaite, a brand she has worn on a number of occasions, including recently during the Invictus Games, where she teamed one of the label’s bodysuits with a pair of black trousers.
The duchess added a chunky black Khaite belt to her polo-match look – and paired them with her trusty black Aquazzura court shoes and a long-sleeved polka-dot blouse. She finished the look off with a pair of statement sunglasses and a wide-brimmed black straw hat.

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April 17 | Invictus Games 2020 – Day 2

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are celebrating Easter on the sidelines for the Invictus Games.

After attending the event’s opening ceremony on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out to watch some of the competition during the Invictus Games, including a volleyball match. Meghan, 40, sported jeans with a white coat, while Prince Harry, 37, wore the Invictus Games logo on a black quarter-zip sweater.

In addition to meeting — and posing for photos! — with a number of the athletes, Meghan and Harry also bent down to give pets to a competitor’s dog. The couple have two family dogs of their own in California, Guy and Pula.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive at Invictus Games Opening Ceremony Hand-in-Hand

After two years of delays, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are finally kicking off the Invictus Games in The Hague!

Although the Invictus Games hosted in the Netherlands was originally scheduled for 2020, the Paralympic-style event was delayed until 2021 and then again to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were beaming at the opening ceremony on Saturday night.

For their arrival on the yellow carpet, Prince Harry wore a grey suit sans ties for the event, while Meghan sported an off-the-shoulder white top and black trousers.

Prince Harry and Meghan attended a welcome reception for athletes on Friday night before watching the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Saturday ahead of the opening ceremony. The couple even got in on the action, with Prince Harry joining a team to take on a driving obstacle course.

Later, Meghan and Harry jumped in mini kiddie cars, taking the passenger seats as young drivers took the wheel around a course.

Meghan previously joined Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto (her adopted hometown, where she lived while starring on Suits), where they made their official public debut as a couple. She was by his side again in 2018 for the Sydney Games, shortly after the couple announced they were expecting their first child, son Archie Harrison.

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April 15 – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Attend First Event of the Invictus Games

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in the Netherlands and getting ready for the Invictus Games.

On Friday, the couple made their first appearance at a welcome reception for teams as well as their family and friends in The Hague. Meghan sported an all white ensemble featuring wide-leg trousers with a matching oversized blazer, while Harry opted for a suit sans tie.

The couple met members of Ukraine’s team, who gifted Prince Harry with a calendar from the organization Come Back Alive. Launched in 2014, Come Back Alive became the biggest organization providing support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to their website.

This evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also attend a second reception for dignitaries hosted by the City of The Hague and Dutch Ministry of Defence.

On their way to the Invictus Games, Meghan and Prince Harry made a stop in the U.K. to visit with Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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Duchess Meghan Will Join Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands This Weekend

As founder, Prince Harry considers the Invictus Games to be one of, if not the most, important event on his working calendar. And this week, he will make his trip to the sporting event in the Netherlands even more special by bringing along his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirms to BAZAAR.com that Meghan will join Harry in The Hague this weekend, marking their first joint visit to Europe since stepping back from their working royal roles in 2020.

The duchess is expected to spend the first few days of the games alongside the Duke of Sussex, who will remain in the country for the duration of the international competition, which runs from April 16 to 22.

This is the fifth Invictus Games and will see teams from 20 different countries—including South Korea, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Poland, Iraq, and the United States—compete in events such as athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, powerlifting, swimming, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. The Netherlands was originally due to host the games in 2020, but the event had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The games—one of the largest sporting events, akin to the Paralympics—were launched by Harry in 2014 and provide a chance for sick or injured military personnel and veterans to compete.

Harry and Meghan made their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017, where they were seen walking hand in hand. And in 2018, the pair watched the games in Sydney, Australia.

Last week, Harry surprised Team UK athletes at their final training camp before they travel this week to The Hague. The duke made a video call to members, including 33-year-old team captain and British Royal Air Force veteran Rachel Williamson, wishing them luck.

“For a lot of you, you’ve already, as far as I’m concerned, you’ve already won gold by just getting to this point,” he told them via Zoom. “The fact that you are sitting there now wearing that strip and you are able to wear the Union Jack on your arm again, that means so much to every single one of you.”

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November 10 – 2021 Salute to Freedom gala

Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry at a special New York City event to honor veterans ahead of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Intrepid Museum on Wednesday night for the 2021 Salute to Freedom gala in regal red carpet style: Harry sported a classic black suit and bow tie pinned with four medals and the cross for Knight Commander of Royal Victorian Order around his neck. Meghan wore a show-stopping red gown by Carolina Herrera with coordinating heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. Both adorned their outfits with a red poppy, the symbol used since 1921 to commemorate military members who have died in war. The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom gala recognizes extraordinary leadership and honors the men and women who serve.

When a reporter on the red carpet asked Meghan if she was proud of Prince Harry, she turned and said, “I’m always proud of him.”

The couple have been busy this week with their own separate endeavors leading up to Wednesday’s Gala. Duchess Meghan appeared on the New York Times’ Dealbook Online Summit to discuss the importance of paid parental leave for all and economic equity for women, while Harry was a guest speaker at a recent WIRED magazine conference, speaking out against misinformation online.

“Look, there’s certainly a precedent amongst my husband’s family and the royal family of not having any involvement in politics, but paid leave, from my standpoint, is a humanitarian issue,” said Meghan during her conversation. “My husband has always said, ‘With great privilege comes great responsibility,’ but even before I had any sort of privilege in my life, when my life and my lifestyle were very different, I always just stood up for what’s right.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Participate in Global Citizen Live This Weekend

It was announced today in a tweet from Global Citizen U.K. that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will participate in Global Citizen Live, this Saturday, September 25. The 24-hour event will be broadcast throughout the world from Central Park’s Great Lawn and aims to promote equal access to the coronavirus vaccine.

“We’re so excited to announce that Prince Harry and Meghan will both be joining us for #GlobalCitizenLive this Saturday!,” read the tweet, posted to Global Citizen’s account. It continued with further details, “Coverage of the once-in-a-generation event starts from 5.30pm on Sept. 25 over at @BBCOne.”

The aim of the Global Citizen Live campaign is to urge G7 countries and the European Union to share a minimum of 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses with regions in need and to raise support for intellectual property rights to be waived on the vaccine’s pharmaceutical patents. “The campaign is also calling on Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna to share mRNA technology with the new World Health Organization-backed transfer hub based in South Africa,” per Global Citizen’s website

The Sussexes have worked with Global Citizen for vaccine causes in the past as co-chairs of the VAX LIVE event in May. “The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography,” Prince Harry said at VAX LIVE. “It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point.”

Other celebrities participating in Global Citizen Live include Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, BTS, Camila Cabello, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Duran Duran, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Lizzo, Lorde, Metallica, Ricky Martin, and Shawn Mendes.

For U.S. viewers, the event will begin streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Twitter, and Global Citizen’s website at 1 p.m. ET. For more information about how to watch Global Citizen Live, visit Global Citizen’s website.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make TIME100 List

Harry and Meghan have made this year’s Time 100 Most Influential People of 2021 list with a short profile written by chef Jose Andres, who is founder of World Central Kitchen.

The Sussexes’ Archewell Foundation has partnered with the non-profit organisation, that helps feed communities worldwide, including in the aftermath of natural disasters.

In the piece for Time Magazine, Jose writes: “In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know. They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Prince Harry and Meghan are joined by six other worldwide covers: gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eillish, director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CEO of NVIDIA Jensen Huang and writer Cathy Park Hong.

The couple also wrote in praise of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the publication’s annual list of Most Influential People, who became the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, President Joe Biden, and Selena Gomez to Appear in Vax Live Event

Saturday, May 8 will be a star-studded night supporting a great cause. Major names are coming together for Global Citizen’s Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, which will promote global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as well as increase public confidence in the shots. Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are the event’s campaign chairs and will deliver a message about vaccine equity during the televised broadcast. The couple has also been leading a fundraising drive throughout the private sector to raise money for COVAX, a global vaccine sharing program.

“Over the past year, our world has experienced pain, loss, and struggle—together. Now we need to recover and heal—together. We can’t leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone everywhere has equal access to the vaccine,” said the Duke and Duchess in a statement. “We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn’t be more critical or important.”

Selena Gomez is set to host the program, which will include a special featured message from President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, as part of their “We Can Do This” national initiative to increase uptake in the COVID-19 vaccine. Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn, and Sean Penn will also appear in the broadcast.

“I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,'” Gomez said. “This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

The Vax Live concert will include musical performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. Other politicians will also make statements during the show. Notably, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Prime Minister Plenković of Croatia are all slated to speak.

The concert will be pre-taped on May 2 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, in front of a live audience composed entirely of fully-vaccinated frontline heath-care and essential workers. The show will then be broadcast on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia radio stations, and the iHeartRadio app on May 8 at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CT. The concert will also air again on FOX at 11 p.m. EST.

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