Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive in Nigeria for Official Tour


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry touched down in Nigeria on Friday, May 10, for his or her first official worldwide tour since stepping again from their royal roles in 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been pictured arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Friday morning. The couple had been invited to go to the African nation by its Chief of Defense Staff, the highest-ranking navy official.

The go to follows Harry’s current journey to the U.Ok. to mark the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games. Although he invited members of the family, together with his father King Charles, brother Prince William, and sister-in-law Kate Middleton to attend a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, none of them had been current. Meghan, 42, who didn’t accompany Harry to the U.Ok., joined him afterward, they usually traveled collectively to Nigeria.

On Friday morning, the couple will go to a college and meet with the Chief of Defense Staff. In the afternoon, Harry, 39, will meet injured servicemembers at a navy hospital.

On Saturday, they are going to attend a coaching session for the group Nigeria: Unconquered and a reception hosted by the Chief of Defence Staff in honor of navy households. Later, Meghan will co-host a Women in Leadership occasion with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization.

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess will attend a basketball clinic with Giants of Africa, a cultural reception, and a polo fundraiser for Nigeria: Unconquered.

During their time as working royals, Harry and Meghan went on a number of official worldwide excursions. In 2018, shortly after their royal wedding ceremony, they visited Australia, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand, asserting Meghan’s being pregnant in the course of the journey. In February 2019, whereas anticipating Archie, they toured Morocco and later visited southern Africa with their 5-month-old son.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Sept. 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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During their go to to Cape Town in South Africa in 2019, Meghan gave a memorable speech, proudly talking about her many roles — together with her Black heritage.

“On one personal note, may I just say that while I am here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color, and as your sister. I am here with you, and I am here for you,” she mentioned to cheers from the group.

During their time in Nigeria, Meghan and Harry will meet with service members and participate in a wide range of cultural actions. The go to will spotlight Harry’s Invictus Games, which welcomed 500 athletes ultimately yr’s occasion in Germany, with 21 nations in attendance, together with Nigeria.

Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, the Minister of Defense, who participated in final yr’s occasion in Germany, has indicated Nigeria’s readiness to host the video games if given the possibility.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry take selfies with followers as they attend a Ukraine-Nigeria occasion on the Invictus Games on Sept. 14, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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In 2022, throughout an episode of her podcast Archetypes, the Duchess of Sussex disclosed that she discovered she had Nigerian ancestry, comprising 43% of her genetic heritage, by means of a family tree take a look at.

At the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany final yr, Meghan and Harry devoted time to work together with the Nigerian group, whom Harry talked about his spouse was supporting in his opening handle.

“Now, I’m not saying we play favorites in our dwelling, however since my spouse found she’s of Nigerian descent, it is more likely to get slightly bit extra aggressive this yr,” he joked.


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