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Harry and Meghan expected in The Hague after visiting the Queen

Harry and Meghan expected in The Hague after visiting the Queen
The couple are attending the event which was founded by Harry to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at the Invictus Games in the Pays-Bas later after they stopped off in the UK to visit the Queen.

Harry and Meghan, who have not been in the UK together since they quit as senior working royals more than two years ago, are also believed to have met with the Prince of Wales.

It is understood the couple were at Windsor Castle on Thursday, having flown in from their home in the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Yui Mok/PA)

Harry and Meghan’s trip to the UK comes after the pair were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London last month.

Harry is bringing a claim against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the same degree of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.

The duke wants to bring his children to visit, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, his legal representative has said.

A spokesperson for Harry confirmed earlier in March that he would miss the service for his grandfather, but that he hoped to visit the Queen soon.

Le jeudi soir, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed they visited the Queen ahead of their appearance at the Invictus Games which open this weekend in The Hague.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, described the Windsor visit as “a very welcome if long overdue move” on the part of Harry and Meghan.

Plus tôt cette semaine, Dai Davies, a former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, told the PA news agency that the idea Harry is unable to come to the UK due to safety concerns is “sheer unadulterated nonsense”, adding the duke is “not an expert in security”.

Speaking about the likely security arrangements in The Hague, Mr Davies said: “The truth is I have no doubt that he will be protected, whether he takes his own team or whether the Dutch authorities give him some kind of VIP status.

“The truth is, if there’s a risk both countries – ours and the Netherlands – have sophisticated systems of determining risk.

“This country has determined he is no longer at risk. That may or may not be true, but people far better qualified than I am now can make that decision and they never make it lightly.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

He said the Ministry of Defence is involved in looking after royals in the Netherlands, and while there is a royal protection squad he said it is not as big or as experienced as the UK’s squad.

Meghan’s attendance at the Invictus Games for the first few days of the event was confirmed by a spokesperson for the couple on Monday.

Her trip to the UK and the Netherlands is her first to Europe since she quit as a senior working royal back in 2020.

Harry flew back from California, without Meghan who was heavily pregnant at the time, to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Windsor in April 2021.

He most recently returned to the UK to unveil the statue of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales on July 1 2021 with the Duke of Cambridge.

Harry moved to the US with Meghan for a new life of personal and financial freedom.

The couple’s controversial Oprah Winfrey television interview left the monarchy facing a crisis in March 2021 amid the lingering fallout from Megxit.

Harry and Meghan accused an unnamed royal of racism against their son Archie before he was born and the institution of failing to help Meghan when she was suicidal.

The couple are expected to make an appearance on the “yellow carpet” at a friends and family reception at the Invictus Games on Friday.

A film crew is expected to be joining the couple at the games as part of filming for a Netflix series called Heart Of Invictus.

The Invictus Games was where Harry and Meghan chose to make their first public appearance together almost five years ago.

Meghan made her first appearance at an official engagement attended by Harry on September 24 2017 when she attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Toronto, Canada, although the pair sat about 18 seats apart.

The following day, the pair emerged hand in hand to make their first official public appearance together at the wheelchair tennis.

Harry founded the games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.