Meghan Markle radiated joy as she touched down in Germany today, reuniting
with her husband, Prince Harry, at the Invictus Games. She had flown in from Los
Angeles, and photographs captured the Duchess of Sussex sporting a bright smile
behind oversized dark sunglasses while draped in a patterned scarf. Meghan was
seated comfortably in the backseat of a luxurious Range Rover, having taken an
overnight flight from Los Angeles to Heathrow.
Remarkably, she spent less than two hours in the UK before boarding a
connecting British Airways flight to Dusseldorf.However, there’s been
speculation that her presence might eclipse the Duke, potentially diverting
the spotlight away from the event. Some have expressed concerns that her
arrival may bring unnecessary drama and distractions, affecting Harry’s
experience and even his upcoming 39th birthday on Friday.
Meghan, at 42 years old, landed in Germany shortly after 4 pm local time and
was promptly whisked away from a VIP terminal to the upscale Hyatt Regency
hotel, where she would be reuniting with Harry. Her bodyguard occupied the
front seat of the vehicle, and Meghan was driven into an underground car park
at the hotel following a 20-minute drive from the airport.
In the same car park, Meghan was trailed by a Volkswagen SUV, in which the
couple’s burly bodyguard, former secret service agent Chris Sanchez, was
spotted as a passenger.
Tonight, the couple is set to attend a reception for the friends and families
of competitors representing 21 countries participating in the Invictus Games.
Although event details remain tightly guarded, it’s anticipated to be a
relaxed gathering, likely including children among the attendees.
Many of those invited are part of the UK Invictus family, and they flew
together on an RAF flight from Birmingham. Meghan will head directly to the
private event from the Hyatt hotel, where she’s booked into the presidential
suite alongside Harry.
Meanwhile, organizers have issued a severe weather warning for Dusseldorf,
with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected from 6 p.m. to midnight. Attendees
are advised to avoid outdoor areas in the Invictus Games Park.
Prince Harry has been a staunch supporter of the UK team, enthusiastically
taking selfies with competitors, their families, and even young children in
attendance. Friends and family from other nations have also been invited to
the reception, described as an informal event rather than a formal sit-down
The venue remains a closely guarded secret, with competitors’ loved ones
transported on a fleet of coaches.
In Dusseldorf today, Harry was seen watching a wheelchair basketball match
between Team UK and Ukraine alongside his friend JJ Chalmers. The two engaged
in animated conversation. Chalmers, a former Marine who competed in the first
Invictus Games in London in 2014, suffered serious injuries during a bomb
blast in 2011 while stationed in Helmand, resulting in the loss of two fingers
on his right hand and significant elbow damage.
Harry was also photographed chatting with his former program coordinator, Beth
Hurley, who joined the Royal Foundation as an events manager in 2016. The
Royal Foundation had initially been a joint charitable venture of the Sussexes
and Prince William and Kate. After the Sussexes separated from the foundation
in 2018, Hurley continued working with Harry and Meghan until Meghan’s
departure in 2020. She now co-founded Hurlahi Locran, an advisory partnership
connecting influencers with charitable causes.
Following the indoor rowing event, Harry was expected to return to his hotel
in anticipation of Meghan’s arrival. Earlier in the day, Harry made a surprise
appearance at a marquee for competitors to mingle, displaying a buoyant spirit
throughout the event.