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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Nigeria for tour to advertise Invictus Video games: Sussexes fly in for personal 72-hour journey of the African nation – after secretly reuniting at Heathrow Airport

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Nigeria for tour to advertise Invictus Video games: Sussexes fly in for personal 72-hour journey of the African nation – after secretly reuniting at Heathrow Airport


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Nigeria this morning for his or her 72-hour whistlestop tour after flying in collectively following a reunion in London.

The Duchess of Sussex landed at Heathrow yesterday after flying solo from Los Angeles earlier than being reunited along with her husband on the airport’s VIP Windsor Suite.

They each boarded the British Airways in a single day flight to Abuja, which was barely delayed after the scheduled pilot went sick and a alternative needed to be scrambled.

The couple, visiting Nigeria collectively for the primary time, had been seated within the firstclass part of the Boeing 777 and had been stored other than different passengers by a curtain.

It comes after Harry mentioned it was ‘nice’ to be again within the UK this week to rejoice the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Video games. The Duke had been in London since Tuesday, attending occasions regarding the competitors together with a thanksgiving service.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk down the steps of a British Airways plane at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria early this morning shortly after landing

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stroll down the steps of a British Airways aircraft at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport in Nigeria early this morning shortly after touchdown

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Abuja this morning, were seated in the first class section of the Boeing 777 flight and were kept apart from other passengers by a curtain

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Abuja this morning, were seated in the first class section of the Boeing 777 flight and were kept apart from other passengers by a curtain

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Abuja this morning, had been seated within the firstclass part of the Boeing 777 flight and had been stored other than different passengers by a curtain

On arrival in Nigeria simply earlier than 5am at the moment, different travellers had been held again whereas the couple had been escorted off and so they exchanged smiles with cabin crew as they left.

Nigerian officers met them at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport and so they had been taken out of a aspect door onto the jetty and right into a ready blacked out minibus.

Meghan was carrying black trousers and a brown jacket, whereas Harry walked behind in a black jacket and trousers and open necked shirt.

Aides carried their baggage, and so they had been accompanied by the identical safety group that had been with Harry all through his current keep in London.

The couple are considered staying within the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja the place the presidential go well with prices £600 an evening.

Set in picturesque panorama gardens within the coronary heart of the Nigerian capital, the lodge has a restaurant, pool and spa and is in style with expats and diplomats.

It is usually near the Nigerian Defence Headquarters the place the couple may have their first engagement at 12pm with Common Christopher Musa, Chief of Defence Workers.

Prince Harry is spotted arriving at the VIP Windsor suite at London Heathrow Airport yesterday

Prince Harry is spotted arriving at the VIP Windsor suite at London Heathrow Airport yesterday

Prince Harry is noticed arriving on the VIP Windsor suite at London Heathrow Airport yesterday

Prince Harry walks into the Windsor Suite at Heathrow yesterday to be reunited with Meghan

Prince Harry walks into the Windsor Suite at Heathrow yesterday to be reunited with Meghan

Prince Harry walks into the Windsor Suite at Heathrow yesterday to be reunited with Meghan

Prince Harry's team are pictured outside the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Prince Harry's team are pictured outside the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Prince Harry’s group are pictured outdoors the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport yesterday

Brigadier Common Tukur Gusau advised MailOnline: ‘They are going to be drained after their journey, so they may relaxation after which the primary engagement is at noon on the Defence Headquarters.

‘After that they may journey to Kaduna to satisfy wounded troopers at a army hospital there earlier than returning to Abuja for different engagements.’

The go to is primarily to advertise the Invictus Video games and comes after Harry met the Nigerian group and Common Musa finally 12 months’s competitors in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It was there that he advised the viewers Meghan was ‘rooting for Group Nigeria’ after discovering she had heritage from the west African nation.

Harry and Meghan are visiting Nigeria on the invitation of Common Christopher Musa.

The couple are as a result of go to a college earlier than the duke meets injured service members at a army hospital.

They will even attend a coaching session for charity organisation Nigeria: Unconquered, which collaborates with the Invictus Video games, in addition to a reception the place army households might be honoured.

The Duke of Sussex visits an event in London yesterday hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers

The Duke of Sussex visits an event in London yesterday hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers

The Duke of Sussex visits an occasion in London yesterday hosted by Scotty’s Little Troopers

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex performs video games at a Scotty’s Little Troopers occasion in London yesterday 

Prince Harry makes a surprise visit to the Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

Prince Harry makes a surprise visit to the Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

Prince Harry makes a shock go to to the Scotty’s Little Troopers occasion in London yesterday 

Meghan is then as a result of co-host an occasion of Ladies in Management with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general of the World Commerce Organisation.

On Sunday the couple will fly to Lagos for the second a part of go to the place they may attend a basketball camp with the charity Giants of Africa, a cultural reception and a polo fundraiser for Nigeria: Unconquered.

The Defence HQ revealed the Sussexes’ itinerary in a press convention yesterday, and mentioned that whereas a number of the conferences might be non-public, the couple will do a photocall after.

The division mentioned Meghan was trying ahead to visiting Nigeria to ‘discover her Nigerian ancestry’.

It comes after Meghan revealed on her Spotify podcast Archetypes in 2022 that she came upon she has Nigerian ancestry, describing herself as ’43 per cent Nigerian’.

Throughout a go to to the Nigerian group finally 12 months’s Invictus Video games in Dusseldorf, Meghan was given the title Amira Ngozi Lolo, which holds a particular royal which means.

The Duke of Sussex on a visit to an event in London hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers yesterday

The Duke of Sussex on a visit to an event in London hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers yesterday

The Duke of Sussex on a go to to an occasion in London hosted by Scotty’s Little Troopers yesterday

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex performs video games at a Scotty’s Little Troopers occasion in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex poses with a group from Scotty's Little Soldiers in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex poses with a group from Scotty's Little Soldiers in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex poses with a gaggle from Scotty’s Little Troopers in London yesterday

‘Amira’ means warrior princess from a legend, whereas ‘Ngozi’ means blessed and ‘Lolo’ means royal spouse.

Harry additionally joked about Meghan’s ancestry throughout his opening speech on the video games.

He mentioned: ‘Now, I am not saying we play favourites in our residence, however since my spouse found she’s of Nigerian descent, it is prone to get a bit of bit extra aggressive this 12 months.’

It comes after the duke celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Video games at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday.

Harry was joined for the service of thanksgiving by shut kin of his mom Diana, Princess of Wales and a mentor who supported him after her dying, together with a whole bunch of individuals from the “Invictus household”.

The St Paul’s service to recognise the Paralympic-style competitors the royal based started as just a few miles away the King met company on the first Buckingham Palace backyard get together of the 12 months.

A group from Scotty's Little Soldiers take a selfie with the Duke of Sussex in London yesterday

A group from Scotty's Little Soldiers take a selfie with the Duke of Sussex in London yesterday

A bunch from Scotty’s Little Troopers take a selfie with the Duke of Sussex in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex during a visit to the Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex during a visit to the Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex throughout a go to to the Scotty’s Little Troopers occasion in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex plays games at a Scotty's Little Soldiers event in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex performs video games at a Scotty’s Little Troopers occasion in London yesterday

The Duke of Sussex attends an event in London hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers yesterday

The Duke of Sussex attends an event in London hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers yesterday

The Duke of Sussex attends an occasion in London hosted by Scotty’s Little Troopers yesterday

The monarch and his son didn’t meet throughout Harry’s transient UK go to as a result of King’s “full programme”, mentioned the duke’s spokesman in a press release.

There have been experiences of problems with belief however the assertion had a conciliatory tone and talked about how the duke hoped to “see him quickly”.

The Invictus Video games was based as a sporting occasion for injured and sick army personnel and veterans.

Harry met Nigeria’s chief of defence employees in Germany final September on the Invictus Video games in Dusseldorf.

Native newspapers reported that Defence Headquarters was “honoured” and “delighted” after Harry and Meghan, who’s of Nigerian descent, had accepted the invitation.

In a press briefing broadcast dwell on Fb yesterday, Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Marquis, who’s the director of sports activities on the Nigerian Defence Ministry, mentioned Harry and Meghan would go to the Wuse Mild Academy – an establishment they’re supporting – earlier than seeing Nigeria’s safety chief.

Harry and Meghan are thought to be staying in the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja (file picture)

Harry and Meghan are thought to be staying in the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja (file picture)

Harry and Meghan are considered staying within the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja (file image)

Later they may journey to Kaduna state to go to the Nigerian Military Reference Hospital the place the wounded and injured troopers are stored for his or her medical restoration.

Air Vice Marshal Marquis added that the go to would support the restoration of injured troopers to spice up their private shallowness and enhance their psychological well being.

He continued: ‘Their emotional intelligence has been improved and likewise their households seeing them, as they was breadwinners who’s able to proceed dwelling.

‘So this engagement with Invictus is giving us the chance for the restoration for our troopers.

‘On Saturday, we’ll be having like an exhibition of novelty match. The CDS (Chief of Defence Workers) group and the Duke’s group might be having a volleyball match on the armed forces officers’ mess within the morning.

‘And that is simply to interact with the wounded and injured troopers. It is a sitting volleyball match coming within the morning.

‘So after that, we’ve got a programme for them by 1pm. A reception, the place they are going to be interacting with households of wounded and injured troopers and households of troopers and officers killed in motion and repair members typically.’

Whereas nonetheless in London yesterday, Harry chatted and performed video games with bereaved army kids as he made a shock go to to a charity occasion.

Harry spent the afternoon with 50 kids and younger folks, aged between six and 22, who’ve skilled the dying of a army guardian.

He took half in video games – together with one which noticed the duke use a straw to move Smarties as shortly as doable – and spoke to the children as a part of the fun-filled occasion hosted in London by Scotty’s Little Troopers.

Harry additionally frolicked speaking to 9 members from Scotty’s Council, a gaggle of younger individuals who characterize the charity’s different members, who mentioned their experiences of rising up and not using a guardian.

The duke, 39, accomplished two excursions of Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 as a ahead air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot, having flown numerous coaching missions within the UK, US and Australia.

He mentioned: “It was an honour to satisfy so most of the great households Scotty’s Little Troopers helps.

“I’ve lengthy believed within the mission of this charity, and I really imagine the work they do to foster group and create area for younger folks to attach, grieve, but in addition have enjoyable collectively is life-changing.

“I’m an enormous supporter of their work, and really proud to be their first world ambassador.”

The charity – for which the duke grew to become a worldwide ambassador in November – was certainly one of seven which had been nominated by Harry and Meghan to learn from donations marking the couple’s marriage ceremony ceremony in 2018.

Harry has been concerned with the charity since 2017 and recorded a particular video message in 2022 dressed as Spider-Man for its kids’s Christmas get together.

Prince Harry meets well-wishers outside St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Prince Harry meets well-wishers outside St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Prince Harry meets well-wishers outdoors St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Prince Harry on the Invictus Video games service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday

Fans take photographs as Harry shakes hands outside St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday

Fans take photographs as Harry shakes hands outside St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday

Followers take pictures as Harry shakes palms outdoors St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday

Georgia Paterson, 16, mentioned it was “superb” to talk to the duke concerning the expertise of shedding a guardian rising up.

She mentioned: “Prince Harry was one of the best individual to share that have with as a result of he is been via it and understands higher than anybody.

“It was actually shifting to see how weak he was with us, which inspired us to open up as properly.”

Georgia added: “It felt actually connecting as a result of when your guardian served, they served for the nation, and one of the essential issues for the nation is the royal household.

“Talking with somebody who’s a part of that made me really feel extra linked to my Dad. It was superb to be linked to him in that second.”

Nikki Scott, who based the charity in 2010 following the dying of her husband throughout a tour in Afghanistan, mentioned: “It was superb to see all the grins within the room when Prince Harry walked via the door.

King Charles III during a visit to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon

King Charles III during a visit to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon

King Charles III throughout a go to to Gibraltar Barracks in Minley, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon

Prince William poses for a selfie with a fan at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, yesterday

Prince William poses for a selfie with a fan at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, yesterday

Prince William poses for a selfie with a fan at Fistral Seaside in Newquay, Cornwall, yesterday

Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday to mark the 90th anniversary of Brooke, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys, and mules

Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday to mark the 90th anniversary of Brooke, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys, and mules

Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Brooke, a charity devoted to bettering the lives of working horses, donkeys, and mules

“The Duke of Sussex has supported Scotty’s for a very long time, which suggests lots to our members as a result of they know he understands what it is prefer to expertise the dying of a guardian and the challenges they face.

“It is essential to our members to take care of their connection to the army group, which Prince Harry can be enthusiastic about.

“Occasions like these are so helpful to our members as a result of it allows them to develop friendships with others in an identical state of affairs, in addition to have numerous enjoyable.”

Scotty’s Little Troopers at the moment helps greater than 670 bereaved army kids and younger folks as much as the age of 25, providing one-to-one bereavement assist, steerage to folks and carers, enjoyable actions resembling holidays and group occasions, and studying help.

Harry and Meghan moved to the US in 2020 after stepping down from royal duties, and now dwell in a £12million mansion in Montecito, California, with their kids Archie – who turned 5 on Monday – and Lilibet, who might be three subsequent month.



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