Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2022 Invictus Games
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle clearly had loads of fun at this year’s Invictus Games. After two years of pandemic-related delays, Harry and Markle finally kicked off the ceremony in The Hague on Saturday evening. “People” reported that Markle opened the Games by thanking everyone for making the event such a success and giving the Sussexes a warm welcome to the Netherlands.
“For each team, my husband and I both recognize it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally, not least of which for the Ukraine team, whom we are all standing with,” she said. “One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here, at the Invictus Games, that we honor your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family, and your community off the field.”
After Markle’s speech, it was Harry’s turn to share his opening remarks — but not before he kissed his wife. He used his speech to praise all the men and women who take part in the games. “To be role models, or the role models that each of you are, takes strength and it takes courage,” he said.
Prior to their evening speeches, the duke and duchess watched the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge and even took part in the fun by riding in a pair of mini Rovers with two adorable children. Harry joined one of the drivers on the course, and later on, he and Markle watched in amazement as the rest of them showed off their driving skills.
Throughout the week, Harry and Markle cheered on athletes and spent time with fans as they watched from the sidelines — including taking time out to greet an athlete’s adorable dog, “People” reported. And on Friday, Harry took the stage to deliver a speech during the closing ceremony.
Ahead of Saturday’s kickoff, the couple attended a welcome reception for the teams and their friends and families on Friday. Markle looked stunning in an all-white Valentino ensemble, while Harry sported his signature suit. Prior to landing in the Netherlands, the couple made a stop at Windsor Castle to visit Queen Elizabeth II. Their reunion marked the first time all three have gotten together since the duke and duchess stepped down as senior royals and had their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
“I had always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and to have Meg by my side means everything.”
The Invictus Games hold special significance for Harry and Markle. The couple first met in May 2016 when Harry was launching the 2017 event in Toronto. At the time, Markle was filming her show “Suits.” A year later, they made their first public appearance together at the sports competition. Two months after the games, Harry and Markle announced their engagement to the world, and we’ve been swooning over the two ever since.
In “People”‘s cover story with Harry, the duke opened up about how much the Games have meant to his and Markle’s relationship. “There is nowhere you can feel more embraced and supported than with the Invictus family,” he told the outlet. “The Toronto Games were our first time out and about publicly in an official way. We were dating at the time, so it was a lot to take in, but fortunately, we were with the perfect community for that. Now, five years later, here we are in The Hague at the fifth Invictus Games, as parents of two, and living in the US. I had always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and to have Meg by my side means everything.”
Aside from the Games, the Sussexes have had their hands full with other projects. In March, Markle teased the launch of her upcoming podcast series, “Archetypes,” which will tackle the common stereotypes women often battle in pop culture and the media. And in response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Harry and Markle donated to a number of Ukrainian organizations to show their support.
— Additional reporting by Monica Sisavat and Sabienna Bowman