Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Stand for 'God Save The King' at Nigerian Charity Event

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a Nigerian charity event, standing for the British national anthem, after Harry was reportedly "deeply stung" by King Charles' decision not to meet with him in London. The couple is on a three-day tour of Africa, meeting injured service people and attending sporting events.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Stand for 'God Save The King' at Nigerian Charity Event

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Stand for 'God Save The King' at Nigerian Charity Event

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a Nigerian charity event on Thursday, May 11, 2024, where they stood for the British national anthem, 'God Save The King.' The event took place just hours after Harry left London feeling 'deeply stung' by King Charles' decision not to meet with him during his three-day stay in the UK for the Invictus Games.

Why this matters: The royal family's internal dynamics and relationships have significant implications for the monarchy's public image and the UK's international relations. The apparent rift between Prince Harry and King Charles could have long-term consequences for the royal family's ability to present a united front and maintain its influence.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a lunch with the Nigerian chief of defence staff, Christopher Musa, where they were gifted with traditional Nigerian attire. Meghan wore a shoulderless St. Agni full-length white dress, which drew gasps from onlookers. The couple also attended a sitting volleyball match and were viral by fans during their Nigeria visit.

Sources close to Harry's camp said the prince had put in a request to see his father well in advance of making the 5,000-mile journey from his home in California, but was told that Charles was too busy to meet with him. 'Prince Harry was deeply stung by King Charles' snub during his whistle stop trip to the UK,' according to the sources.

At the charity event in Abuja, the lunch featured a stage decorated with red, white, and blue balloons, and guests were able to choose from five different menus, including traditional Nigerian dishes and Western options. Meghan was pictured engaging in conversation with party guests and watching dance performances.

Abike Dabiri Erewa of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission gave a warm tribute to Meghan, saying, 'Princess Meghan, we want to thank you for coming home and Prince Harry, thank you for bringing her home. You have married a sister of ours and we hope that you come home again and again.' Harry gave a speech thanking his hosts, saying it was an 'immense honour' to be in Nigeria.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on a three-day tour of Africa, which includes meeting injured service people, attending sporting events, and an evening gala. Earlier this week, Harry made a brief return to the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games but did not see King Charles, despite being only 20 minutes away from each other in central London.

During their visit to a school in Abuja on Friday, Harry and Meghan promoted the Invictus Games and interacted with schoolchildren, discussing mental health and encouraging them to talk about their feelings. 'There is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day, okay? That you woke up this morning feeling sad, that you were at school feeling stressed, that you've lost a loved one in your family and you don't know who to turn to or who to speak to,' Prince Harry told the students.

Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles will see Harry on Monday to officially hand over the role of colonel in chief of the Army Corps. Despite the recent tensions, the joint engagement next week with King Charles and Prince William suggests a potential thawing of relations between Harry and the royal family.

Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles will see Harry on Monday to officially hand over the role of colonel in chief of the Army Corps. Despite the recent tensions, the joint engagement next week with King Charles and Prince William suggests a potential thawing of relations between Harry and the royal family.

Key Takeaways

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a Nigerian charity event, standing for the British national anthem.
  • Harry was "deeply stung" by King Charles' decision not to meet with him during his UK visit.
  • The couple is on a 3-day tour of Africa, meeting injured service people and attending sporting events.
  • Harry and Meghan promoted the Invictus Games and discussed mental health with schoolchildren in Abuja.
  • King Charles will meet with Harry on Monday to hand over the role of colonel in chief of the Army Corps.