Prince Harry – Live: The Duke of Sussex and Meghan arrive in Nigeria after “ignoring Charles II”

The King is hosting a garden party with senior royals while Prince Harry misses the reunion

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Lagos this morning following Prince Harry’s brief return to the UK where he celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games – but he did not see King Charles due to a conflict in his memoirs.

Harry and Meghan are in Nigeria on a whirlwind tour to promote the Games in Africa, and are expected to visit a school, meet injured soldiers and attend basketball and polo matches before attending an evening gala.

The couple will also attend a training session for the charity Nigeria: Unconquered – which partners with the Invictus Games – as well as a reception where military families will be honored.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, returned to the UK on Tuesday afternoon to attend a mass at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the Invictus event. A few miles away, Charles welcomed guests to Buckingham Palace’s first garden party of the year.

Harry’s spokesman said the king and his son did not meet during Harry’s short visit to the UK due to the king’s “full schedule”.

This statement was followed by news of an alleged “second snub” – where Prince William will be appointed Colonel-in-Chief of Harry’s old military regiment, the Army Air Corps.

Meghan, 42, skipped the British portion of the celebrations and remained in Los Angeles before reuniting with Harry at Heathrow Airport late on Thursday night.

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Meghan Markle praises Prince Harry on his visit to Nigeria

The Duchess of Sussex couldn’t help but gush over her husband after Harry encouraged the kids to check on anyone in their class who isn’t smiling because “it’s okay to not be okay.”

She said to the disciples: Do you see why I married him? He’s very smart.”

Meghan spoke about her husband during a visit to a Nigerian school (AFP/Getty)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 13:40

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Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 13:00

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Harry and Meghan praised their help in the soldiers’ recovery

They are due to meet injured soldiers as part of a trip to Nigeria to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Nigerian Defense Spokesman Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, who confirmed today that the couple had arrived in the country, said their presence would serve as a much-needed morale boost.

“This engagement with Invictus gives us the opportunity to get our soldiers back,” he said.

Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 to give wounded, sick and injured service members a chance to showcase their sporting talents.

Prince Harry actually taught Nigerian children about mental health during the trip (AP)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 12:30

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Prince Harry’s poignant words about mental health

While speaking to the students about the issue, he sympathized that it can be difficult when “someone loses a loved one in your family and you don’t know who to turn to or who to talk to.”

“There is no shame in being able to admit that today is a bad day,” he told pupils at the Waze Lightway Academy in Nigeria, which is supported by the Archwell Foundation.

“In some cases around the world, and in more cases than you think, there is a stigma when it comes to mental health,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t want to talk about it, because it’s invisible – something in your mind that you can’t see. It’s not like a broken leg, it’s not like a broken wrist, it’s something we’re still relatively unsure about.”

“But guess what? Everyone in this room — the youngest and the oldest — everyone is mentally healthy.”

Prince Harry spoke to school children about mental health issues today (AFP/Getty)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 12:00

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The rift between Harry and the Windsors is at its ‘deepest and most intense’

The rift between Prince Harry and the Windsor family has reached its “deepest and most intense” this week, a royal expert has claimed.

The Prince did not have support from any of his immediate family at the thanksgiving ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

However, he was joined by members of his mother’s family, the Spencers – namely Lady Jane Fellowes, Earl Spencer, and former army officer Mark Dyer.

Michael Cole, a former royal correspondent for the BBC, said: “There was not a lot of love lost between the Spencers and the Windsors.”

He told MailOnline: ‘Nothing could more clearly illustrate the gulf that will always separate two famous families.’

“Words have power and actions have consequences, as Prince Harry – whose criticisms of the Windsor family have been harsh, harsh and hurtful – is increasingly discovering.”

Prince Harry hugs his family and is supported by Princess Diana’s brother and sister at the Invictus Games ceremony. (UK pool)

Cole then referenced Princess Diana’s life, claiming that her father did not want her to marry then-Prince Charles from the beginning.

Instead, he advised his daughter to “follow the example of her older sister Sarah: marry a landowner, live in a nice house, have children, and be happy.”

King Charles said he was too busy to meet his youngest son during his recent visit to the UK (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 11:30

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Meghan Markle reveals that she is of Nigerian origin

The Duchess of Sussex first announced this on her podcast Prototypes In 2022, she said she made this discovery through genealogical testing.

The news was later noted by Prince Harry at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Invictus Games.

“Now, I’m not saying we’re playing favorites in our house, but since my wife found out she’s of Nigerian descent, it’s likely to get a little more competitive this year!” He said.

Meghan said she is 43 percent Nigerian, according to the genealogy test (AP)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 11:00

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Harry and Meghan celebrate the Invictus Games in Nigeria

The couple, who are visiting the country for the first time as a couple, arrived this morning and began a busy schedule of events.

This included a visit to the Lights Academy in Abuja, Nigeria, which they were supporting through the Archewell Foundation.

Meghan did not join Harry to celebrate the anniversary of the Games in the UK (AP)
And the couple seems to be having a good time (AP)
The school is supported by the non-profit Archwell Foundation (AP)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 10:29

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Harry and Meghan are staying in a Nigerian hotel at a cost of £600 per night

The couple traveled to the country on a Boeing 777 after Meghan met Harry at Heathrow Airport following her decision to skip the UK’s 10th anniversary celebrations of the Invictus Games.

According to reports, they are staying at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, where the presidential suite costs £600 a night.

The five-star hotel has a pool, spa and stunning views of the mountains surrounding the Nigerian capital.

It is also located in an elevated, central location, allowing the couple to easily travel to the events they are scheduled to attend during their three-day visit.

Harry and Meghan are staying in one of the best Nigerian hotels (Reuters)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 09:30

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Harry and Meghan’s busy Nigerian itinerary

The pair are due to visit a school before meeting injured service members in hospital as part of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Other events include a training session for gaming charity, Nigeria: Unconquered, and a reception to honor military families.

The Invictus Games, established by Prince Harry in 2014, give wounded, injured and ill soldiers an opportunity to showcase their sporting talents.

Harry and Meghan will also visit a basketball camp and a polo fundraiser.

According to reports, the couple were invited to Nigeria by the country’s Chief of Defense Staff, who was said to be “delighted” when they accepted the invitation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a full memoir of their trip to Nigeria (Yaroslav Sabitov/PA) (PA wire)

Emma GuinnessMay 10, 2024 at 09:00

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Prince Harry is celebrating the anniversary of the Invictus Games as the King hosts a garden party a few miles away

Meanwhile, Harry was joined by Diana’s siblings, Lady Jane Fellowes and Earl Spencer, and former army officer Mark Dyer, who supported him after the Princess of Wales’s death.

Marusha MuzaffarMay 10, 2024 at 09:00

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