As Prince Harry prepares to return to Europe to kick off the fifth edition of the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, the presence of Meghan and their children, Archie and Lilibet, at his side is very uncertain…
Prince Harry supervises the last details of his stay in Europe from California. Before packing his suitcase for The Hague where the Invictus Games 2022 will start on Saturday, April 16, the prince is polishing his speeches and recording his last messages of support to the athletes. Like this April 6 where he surprises the British team with a video call.
The grandson of Queen Elizabeth teases the competitors during their last training on the time they had to prepare for these Games, postponed twice because of the Covid-19 pandemic. “You realize that no one, not just you, no one has any excuses for not being in shape now,” he jokes.
A month earlier, the Duke of Sussex was chatting, again via video conference, with members of the Dutch team. “See you soon in The Hague!” he said after a humorous sequence where the public found the funny and charming Harry of a few years ago.
Prince Harry back in Europe
The return to Europe of the Duke of Sussex is particularly expected as his last visit dates back to the summer of 2021 on the occasion of the commemorations of the sixtieth anniversary of the birth of his mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in London. Meghan did not accompany him.
Since then, the prince has devoted himself to his family life with his wife and their two children, Archie, two years, and Lilibet, nine months. Prince Harry did not attend the thanksgiving service for his grandfather, Prince Philip, held at Westminster Abbey on March 29. He and Meghan did not want to attend for security reasons.
Will Prince Meghan come?
The last stay of the Duchess of Sussex in the United Kingdom dates back to March 2020, for her last official engagement in the service of the Crown. In addition, little Lilibet, who was born on June 6, 2021 in California, has never traveled to the United Kingdom. Neither the Queen nor any member of the Royal Family has had the opportunity to see the baby, who will soon blow out her first candle.
For Meghan, the Invictus Games in The Hague would however be the ideal event to make her comeback, especially since these Paralympic games are closely linked to her love story with Harry: it was during the 2017 edition in Toronto that the couple had officially displayed together, hand in hand.
For now, the prince has not expressed himself on the presence of Meghan, Archie and Lilibet next week. If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to make the trip to the Netherlands as a family, they could decide to spend some time in Windsor to visit the Queen and introduce their daughter. Prince Harry said at the beginning of March that he hoped “to visit his grandmother as soon as possible”. Still on the outs with his brother, Prince William, and his father, Prince Charles, for having distanced himself from the Royal life, he holds there the opportunity to organize a happy family meeting.
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