Post royal life engagements (2023)
September 15 | Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 – Day 6
Post royal life engagements (2023)
September 15 | Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 – Day 6
Meghan Markle is joining in the fun at the Invictus Games!
Meghan and Prince Harry turned up to watch one of the latest contests at the 2023 event in Düsseldorf, Germany on Wednesday morning, where they met some of the competitors at the wheelchair basketball contest between Ukraine and Australia before sitting in the stands — and taking part in a celebratory group wave.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted chatting with, signing autographs and posing for photos with competitors and spectators at the outing.
Meghan, 42, and Harry, 38, also watched a children’s event, handing out medals and giving high fives to the young participants.
The Düsseldorf event is the sixth Invictus Games, following previous events in London, Orlando, Sydney, The Hague and Toronto — where Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a couple in 2017.
The adaptive sports competition for injured, sick and wounded service personnel and veterans is the brainchild of Harry and was set up in 2014.
Having originally appeared at the 2023 event alone, Harry was reunited with Meghan after she flew into Dusseldorf from Los Angeles on Tuesday. She is expected to remain in Germany until the closing ceremony of the Games on Saturday, which follows Harry’s 39th birthday on Friday.
“It is so special to be here, and I’m so sorry that I was a little late for the party,” Meghan said at a special party for Family & Friends shortly after her arrival on Tuesday, before revealing that the couple’s kids Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, had been partly responsible for the delay.
“Just like so many of you, we know this is about family and friends and the community that Invictus has created, that Fischer House has created, and so I had to just spend a little bit more time getting our little ones settled home,” the Duchess of Sussex added in her speech.
“Getting milkshakes, doing school drop off and then I just landed a couple of hours ago. I am thrilled that the first event that I can do with Invictus is here with all of you.”
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Last year, Meghan Markle played a game of ping pong with Prince Harry in a video promoting the 2023 Invictus Games in Düsseldorf. Now, a spokesperson for the couple has confirmed that the duchess will be joining her husband in the German city for the games, which begin on September 9 and run through September 16.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to attend the Invictus Games 2023 in Düsseldorf,” a statement read, per People. “The Duke will be in attendance throughout the entirety of the games and will be joined by the Duchess shortly after the games begin.”
Before the games begin, Prince Harry will be attending the WellChild Awards in the UK on September 7. According to the charity, which supports children with disabilities and their charities, Harry will be on hand to give awards to this year’s winners. WellChild has counted Harry as their patron since 2007. Though Meghan has joined the duke at the annual awards ceremony in the past, Page Six reports that she will miss this year’s event due to previous commitments with the couple’s children Archie and Lilibet.
This year’s Invictus Games will be the sixth iteration of the event, following 2022’s games in The Hague. During the commencement event, Meghan introduced her husband before he gave a speech that touched on his experiences as a father and the resilience of the competitors from Ukraine, just a few months after the country was invaded by Russia.
In an interview at the time, Prince Harry told People about how his experience in the military inspired him to create the games in 2014. “When I was in the Army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids, because I couldn’t imagine the heartache of being apart for so long during deployment, the risk of possibly getting injured, and the reality that my family’s lives could be changed forever if that happened,” he said. “Every member of the Invictus community has experienced varying degrees of these things. I have tremendous respect for what they and their families sacrifice in the name of service.”
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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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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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.
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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Prince Harry’s next on-screen appearance will look rather different from his last. While he was most recently on CBS alongside Meghan Markle in a revealing interview with Oprah, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now focusing their efforts on their first project with Netflix through Archewell Productions since signing a deal with the streaming service last fall. Their producing debut? A docuseries on the Invictus Games — the global adaptive sports competition Prince Harry founded — from Oscar-winning duo director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara.
“Heart of Invictus” will follow a group of international competitors, all service members who experienced life-changing injuries or illnesses on the road to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, though the competition will now take place in 2022. The series will document their training and reveal their compelling life stories, as well as follow the Games’ organizers as they partner with each nation’s team to support their athletes.
In her second public appearance while on maternity leave, The Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to watch the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball (London Series), in support of Invictus Games.
Tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park and is the first time Major League Baseball are hosting two regular season games in Europe.
Invictus Games has been selected as charity partner for the Major League Baseball 2019 Series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness.
As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s Softball 60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport.
During their visit The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with players from The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox where they received gifts for Baby Archie. Afterwards, the couple attended a reception for Invictus Games competitors and their friends and family.
Before settling in the watch the game Harry and Meghan headed to the field with competitors to observe the national anthems performed by the Kingdom Choir, who performed at the couple’s wedding and to see the first pitch be thrown.
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The Duke and Duchess will depart on a Royal New Zealand AirForce flight for Wellington. Their Royal Highnesses will travel on the same aircraft as a number of the New Zealand Invictus Games competitors, and on arrival, will be met off the plane together by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
From the airport, Their Royal Highnesses will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House – the residence of the Governor-General to New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy. Their Royal Highnesses will be invited to hongi with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders), before the pōwhiri, which includes a haka performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force. The ceremony will also include a 21-gun salute, and will be attended by school children.
Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Here, they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, and will visit the newly unveiled UK War Memorial – whose design takes the form of two of the United Kingdom and New Zealand’s most iconic trees – the Royal Oak and a Pōhutakawa. This engagement will be followed by a public walkabout in the Memorial Park.
That evening, The Duke and Duchess will receive official calls from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at Government House, before attending a reception hosted by the Governor General celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
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U.S.A. WINS GOLD: The last day of the Australian programme falls on the final day of the Invictus Games. After having the morning off Their Royal Highnesses spent the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals at the Quay Centre. Meghan cheered her native home team on to victory with the U.S. winning 29-17 over the Netherlands team. Meghan presented the medals with Harry with one competitor stealing a kiss on the cheek from Meghan.
UNTIL NEXT TIME: The Closing Ceremony that evening took place at Qudos Bank Arena. The event, at which both The Duke and Duchess will spoke, was full of celebration of the outstanding achievements and inspiring spirit of the Invictus Games competitors. You can watch the closing ceremony at the link below, you don’t want to miss Harry and Meghan’s incredible speeches, but also the performances by Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc and The Kingdom Chior which performed at the couple’s wedding in May.
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Although Meghan was scheduled to attend the Road Cycling event during the Invictus Games, she did not. Multiple royal correspondents on Twitter reported that a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess said:
“After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess decided to cut back the Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour.”
Harry and Meghan will fly to Fraser Island together as planned, but she may not undertake many engagements in Fraser Island due to the tough terrain. Reports are also clarifying that Meghan is feeling good, just tired as she has said herself for the last few days. It seems the Palace thinks it’s wise for Meghan to pace herself over the next week and a half.
Here at Simply Meghan we wish The Duchess the best and hope she takes all the time she needs to care for herself and her baby. We’ll be sure to keep track of all the latest updates regarding Meghan’s edited schedule, you can also follow us on Twitter @meghanmarkleorg where we retweet all updates.
INVICTUS GAMES: Their Royal Highnesses attended a lunchtime Reception hosted by the Prime Minister, with Invictus Games competitors and representatives from the community in the city’s central parkland, The Domain. The reception was held at the Pavilion restaurant where Harry and Meghan chatted with guests and posed for photos.
SMOOTH SAILING:Meghan did join Harry to watch the Invictus sailing event. The couple cheered on the competitors and Prince Harry received quite a big bear hug when one very excited Invictus competitor jumped into the boat. You can watch the video below. We just love the relationship Prince Harry has with the men and women of Invictus.
VIDEOS: A Bear Hug For Prince Harry
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Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 5 of Royal Visit Australia! The Invictus Games are here! Itn’t it amazing to think that just last year at the Invictus Games Harry and Meghan were just making their relationship public and now a year later they are not only married but expecting a baby! My, how time does fly!
MEMORIAL SERVICE: The fifth day of Royal Visit Australia started with an embargoed engagement. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled an Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. During their visit Harry and Meghan received a tour of the new education and interpretation facilities, viewed the The Hall of Silence, and laid a wreath together. This was a very fitting way to start the day as Prince Harry had a very extensive career in the British Army, and his experiences helped him in his creation of the Invictus Games. Prince Harry looked very dapper in the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, including his new gold aiguillettes. He was appointed personal aide-de-camp to the Queen at the start of the tour.
VIDEOS: ANZAC Memorial Unveiling
INVICTUS GAMES: The Duke and Duchess then traveled by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. The Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge is a test of skill and precision and is designed to test driving skills, navigational ability, observation and teamwork using Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The Duke and Duchess made sure that they got to meet with competitors, their families, staff, and volunteers. Prince Harry of course had a go at the mini car driving course for children. Afterwards, The Duke and Duchess handed out the first medals of the game.
VIDEOS: Harry And Meghan Present Medals
OPENING CEREMONY: To start their evening Their Royal Highnesses attended a reception before the Opening Ceremony where they mingled with guests. The Opening Ceremony was delayed for an hour as a thunderstorm rolled through. Luckily, it cleared up, and the rest of the night went on as planned with a crowd of 4,000 attendees including competitors, family and friends, and dignitaries at the Sydney Opera House. Through song, colour and tradition, the Opening Ceremony showcased personal stories of recovery, endurance and rehabilitation, bringing together the rich and diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Invictus Games family. Prince Harry once again gave an uplifting and motivating speech that you can read here.
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And it’s back to Sydney for Day 4 Royal Visit Australia!
BONDI BEACH: Their Royal Highnesses visited Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most famous landmarks. The Duke and Duchess met with a local surfing community group, known as OneWave, raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing in a fun and engaging way. Their Royal Highnesses took part in the “Fluro Friday” session, where people of all ages share their experiences of mental health issues, they also had the opportunity to interact with others enjoying yoga and surfing. Before departing, The Duke and Duchess had met with many excited members of the public gathered on the beach.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Later that morning, Their Royal Highness visited MacArthur Girls High School and the National Rugby League’s In Harmony programme, that aims to unite and inspire young people to be advocates for cohesion and inclusion in their communities. The Duke and Duchess met with representatives and talked with students about issues including social justice and youth empowerment. It’s reported that Meghan told the girls:
You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up. I went to an all girls school which was incredibly diverse as well. I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world. It’s made you confident and well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up. It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.” The teenage girls had worked on a project to make boxes for vulnerable women, taking donated supplies to police stations and refuges. They’ve also produced a book for young children teaching them about poverty and being kind to others.”
INVICTUS ARRIVAL: Prime Minister the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, and Invictus Games competitors with The Duke climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney. Meghan later joined Harry with calls on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will undertake their first joint tour this fall!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official`visit to Austrailia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn.
Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Austrailia and New Zealand by their countries respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The tour will fall on the occasion of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
Further details will be advised in due course.