Harry and Meghan wrap up a very royal looking tour of Nigeria

London — In a recent three-day journey across Nigeria, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, concluded an eventful visit that leveraged their global fame to shed light on prominent issues dear to them.

During the visit, Harry partook in a game of sitting volleyball alongside Nigerian army veterans, all differently abled athletes.

The nation has shown a keen interest in hosting the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event founded by Prince Harry, which supports wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel.

In a notable act of collaboration, Meghan led a forum on women’s empowerment, making a personal connection by mentioning her Nigerian lineage for the second occasion on this tour.

Addressing the attendees, she expressed gratitude, saying, “Thank you for the warm reception extended to my husband and me in this country,” before touchingly noting, “in my country as well.”

The heartfelt declaration was met with enthusiasm and applause.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Nigeria - Day 2
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, addresses a Women in Leadership event in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 11, 2024.

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Some outlets from the British press, who have historically had a complex relationship with the couple, remarked that the Sussexes’ tour bore the hallmarks of a royal visit. This was particularly noted during Prince Harry’s ceremonial review of a Nigerian guard of honor, despite the couple’s earlier departure from their official royal duties as “working royals.”

Notably, Prince Harry paid tribute by standing at attention for the British national anthem, “God Save the King”, this gesture coming shortly after their team reported that King Charles III was unable to schedule a meeting with his son during Harry’s more personal stop in London earlier in the month.

The reception of the Nigerian public to the Sussexes was overwhelmingly positive, embracing them warmly.

Malaika Gyang-gyang, a student from Abuja’s Lightway Academy where the couple visited on their arrival day, stated, “They are impressive on camera, but in person, they are simply captivating!”

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