Prince Harry to Visit Nigeria with Meghan in May After Attending Invictus Games Anniversary in UK

Prince Harry to return to UK in 2024 for Invictus Games 10th anniversary, joined by Meghan for visit to Nigeria to meet military personnel and participate in cultural activities.

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Prince Harry to Visit Nigeria with Meghan in May After Attending Invictus Games Anniversary in UK

Prince Harry to Attend Invictus Games Anniversary in UK, Visit Nigeria with Meghan in May

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is set to return to the United Kingdom in May 2024 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, the international sporting event he founded for wounded military personnel.

The prince will attend a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on May 8, where he will give a reading. "Representatives from Invictus Games participating nations, including members of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veteran community, will attend the event," according to a statement.

Actor Damian Lewis will also be present at the service to recite the 'Invictus' poem. The event aims to honor the achievements and resilience of the Invictus Games community over the past decade. Prince Harry served in the British military for 10 years before founding the Invictus Games in 2014, inspired by the Warrior Games in the United States.

Following the anniversary celebration, Prince Harry will be joined by his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on a visit to Nigeria. The couple has been invited by the country's Chief of Defence Staff, its highest-ranking military official. During their stay, they are expected to meet with service members and participate in cultural activities.

Why this matters: The Invictus Games have become a global platform for supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel and veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan's visit to Nigeria highlights the event's international reach and the couple's ongoing commitment to the armed forces community.

This will be one of the few occasions Prince Harry has returned to the UK since stepping down as a working member of the royal family in 2020 and moving to the United States with Meghan. Last year, Nigeria made its debut appearance at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the Nigerian team bonded with the couple.

They even gave Meghan the royal nickname 'Amira Ngozi Lolo', which means 'warrior princess' and 'royal wife'. "The Nigerian military is honored and delighted to host Prince Harry and Meghan during their visit," a spokesperson said, adding that the country is interested in potentially hosting the Invictus Games in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Prince Harry to return to UK in May 2024 for Invictus Games 10th anniversary
  • Harry to attend service at St. Paul's Cathedral, give reading; Damian Lewis to recite poem
  • Harry and Meghan to visit Nigeria, meet with military personnel and participate in cultural activities
  • Invictus Games support recovery of wounded, injured, and sick military personnel and veterans
  • Nigeria made debut at 2022 Invictus Games, interested in potentially hosting the event