Let’s not talk about Sussexit. Instead, let’s catch up on literally everyone else in the Royal Family, because surprisingly there’s been a fair bit going on. Most of what follows is from the last week, with a few tidbits that date back a little earlier but were lost in the Christmas shuffle.
Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex closed out the Invictus Games following a week of athletic events and challenges carried out in Sydney. Going forward, the games will take place every two years, with the next round taking place in the Netherlands.
Six days into the Sussexes’ four-country tour and we’re still not at the halfway point! We have three countries still to go, while the Invictus Games are now underway in Sydney for the next week. After carrying out two engagements “today” (I don’t know about you, but somewhere in there I slept and so for my purposes it’s now “yesterday”), Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony.
Today, the Prince of Wales hosted the season’s third official garden party at Buckingham Palace on behalf of his mother, the Queen. This is the first time that he’s taken on hosting duties for one of these parties and it’s yet another sign of him shouldering more of the monarch’s duties as the Queen gets older. We will, however, see the Queen at Scotland’s annual garden party at Holyrood Palace the first week of July.
We’re going to cover the Queen’s birthday concert and the rest of the day’s festivities later on, but in the meantime I want to write up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attendance at a reception in honor of the upcoming Invictus Games. This year the games will be held in Sydney, Australia in October and thanks to a slip from Meghan the other week, it sounds like the couple will be attending.
The Invictus Games likely hold a special place in Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s hearts. Last year’s games marked Meghan’s first public appearance alongside her then-boyfriend, and she was spotted attending both the opening and closing ceremonies in Toronto. It seems only fitting, then, that the organization is featured during their engagement six months later. More importantly, it sounds like they’re due to attend this year’s games in Sydney in October.
As expected, Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games last night. After Harry spent the day attending the final games for a number of tournaments, he gave an impassioned speech during the event, calling on participants to help pave the way for other veterans and service members and promising to see everyone again for the 2018 games in Australia.
After the excitement of the Invictus Games opening ceremony and the appearance of Meghan Markle at a tennis match on Monday, I was half expecting news coming out of the rest of the week’s events to die down and have been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t. Harry has been greeted like a rockstar everywhere he’s gone, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden made a stop, and one toddler briefly became internet famous thanks to stealing Harry’s popcorn. Let’s get into it.
Prince Harry brought an unexpected guest with him to an Invictus Games event today – Miss Meghan Markle. After Meghan’s attendance at Saturday night’s opening ceremony, I was leaning towards the thought that we probably wouldn’t see her again until the Games’ close on the 30th, if at all. And yet, lo and behold, here she is, sitting directly next to and holding hands with Harry at an official royal engagement.
And so the Invictus Games are officially open and underway. Prince Harry traveled to Toronto at the end of last week to meet and greet athletes, visit with participating government officials and representatives and host the opening ceremony. The headline news, of course, is that Meghan Markle turned up for the launch on Saturday night.