The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Manchester after speaking at the One Young World Summit on Tuesday to attend an Invictus Games event in Germany.
To commemorate the passing of the one-year mark until the 2023 games in Düsseldorf, the couple met with officials and prospective competitors.
The Invictus Games Dusseldorf’s chief executive, Brigadier General Alfred Marstaller, stated that it was a “honor” to welcome the couple to the competition.
The Daily Mail claims that Harry and Meghan will have their own private security teams to keep them safe. German law enforcement will also be present to control crowds in the market square where the two began their visit at around 1pm.
The pair posed for a group photo after leaving the red carpet with Siemtje Möller, Markus Laubenthal, Lord Mayor of the State Capital of Düsseldorf Alfred Marstaller.
With a cream rib knit top from LA-based designer Anine Bing and a pair of beige belted wide-leg pants, Meghan looked effortlessly stylish. She accessorized with a stunning pair of diamond earrings and styled her raven hair in a low bun.
Harry, on the other hand, chose a smart light grey suit, a clean white shirt, and a pair of brown suede shoes.
Harry stated during a speech at the Town Hall reception that the idea of the upcoming Invictus Games taking place against the backdrop of the River Rhine has him “filled with such excitement.”
“I can’t wait to hear the roar of the crowds, to feel the adrenaline of the competition, and to join in on the laughter and even the tears, of course, as we get to witness lives being changed right before our eyes,” he said.
The Duke continued, “Encouragement is crucial during our most vulnerable times. I therefore ask that we all do our part to create an environment that allows these incredible service members to be courageous, honest, and true to themselves.
The Sussexes signed a special guestbook known as the Golden Book after speeches by Harry and the Mayor. The Queen allegedly signed the book during a visit to Dusseldorf in the 1960s, according to a city official.
The two then went to greet the gathered people outside the Town Hall, shaking hands and conversing with interested onlookers. As she posed for a number of selfies, Duchess Meghan was beaming with happiness.
In addition, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took an hour-long cruise on the MS Rhein Galaxie to reach Duisberg as part of their visit. The Merkur-Spiel sports arena, where The Invictus Games will be held the following year, was their last stop.
At around 2:30 p.m., Meghan and Harry departed, passing a small German police boat that was sailing slightly ahead of the ship.
The large ship’s top deck was occupied by a number of people who were believed to be Invictus competitors as well as their family and friends. The ship was flying the official flags of the Games.
The Invictus Games, which Prince Harry, 37, founded, provide injured and ill military personnel and veterans from all over the world with the challenge of competing in sporting events akin to the Paralympics.
In September 2023, more than 500 athletes from 21 nations will compete in ten sports at the Dusseldorf Games.
Prior to their visit to Germany, Harry and Meghan attended the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, marking their first public appearance in the UK since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The keynote address for the One Young World Summit was delivered by Meghan, 41, to a crowd of 2,000 people on Monday night at The Bridgewater Hall.
The former Suits actress got up on stage and gave a moving speech about the influence of young people in leadership roles around the world.
“You are the present and the future,” she told the attendees. You are the ones driving the urgently required change for the better all over the world right now.
Meghan mentioned her “pinch me moment,” when she was first asked to serve as a counsellor for One Young World in 2014.
“And there I was—the Suits girl. I was surrounded by people I had a great deal of respect and admiration for, including world leaders, humanitarians, prime ministers, and activists. I was able to enter and take a seat at the table.
I think I even saved my tiny paper place-marker with my name on it because I was so overwhelmed by the experience.
Harry and Meghan will travel back to London on Thursday for the annual WellChild awards, where Harry will speak in his capacity as patron.
It’s believed that the couple is staying at Frogmore Cottage, their former marital residence, while they are in the UK.
It is unknown if the couple has made plans to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who recently moved into Adelaide Cottage, another residence on the Queen’s Windsor Estate.