Meghan and Harry in intimate display on stage as the pair open the Invictus Games in the Netherlands | world news

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The Duchess of Sussex publicly declared her love for her ‘incredible’ husband Harry in front of thousands at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.

Megane said she “couldn’t love and respect him more” when presenting the duke on stage at the event in The Hague, Netherlands.

The pair then embraced when Harry came on stage, and appeared emotional ahead of his speech, saying, “Thank you my love.”

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The Duchess of Sussex spoke on stage during the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony

The Duchess spoke for a few minutes before inviting Harry onto the stage in the hall that can hold up to 5,000 people.

She said: “It’s an honor for me to introduce someone I think you’ll all be thrilled to hear from.

“He also spent many late nights and early mornings planning these games to make them as perfect as possible for each of you.

“I couldn’t love and respect him more and I know you all feel the same, because he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service.

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“He is the founder of the Invictus Games and the father of our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my amazing husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.”

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Meghan and Harry on stage during the ceremony

The couple appeared in good spirits and close to the event, holding hands and placing their hands on each other’s backs.

Earlier today the couple were taken for a ride by a couple of children in mini cars.

Harry and Meghan jumped into miniature open-top Land Rover vehicles driven by two little girls ahead of the event’s opening ceremony.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first visit to Europe in over two years

Harry founded the Invictus Games to help rehabilitate injured or ill service members and veterans around the world, giving them the chance to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympic Games.

The couple arrived at the Zuiderpark around lunchtime and looked laid back and relaxed as they chatted with people.

They both wore sunglasses and met children on a small track next to the main driving course and sat in the passenger area next to their young drivers.

Prince Harry, right, and Meghan Markle, back left, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the Land Rover Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games site in The Hague, Netherlands, Saturday April 16, 2022. The week-long games for active military and ill, injured or injured veterans opens Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the world center for peace and justice.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Harry, right, and Meghan, back left, led by children as they attend the Invictus Games. Photo: AP
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the Land Rover Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games site in The Hague, Netherlands, Saturday April 16, 2022. The week-long games for active military and Sick, Wounded and Injured Veterans opens Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the world center for peace and justice.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Harry and Meghan will both speak on stage during the opening ceremony on Saturday evening. Photo: AP

Meghan was driven by a five-year-old French girl, Mya Poirot, while Harry was driven by a four-year-old Dutch girl, Scarlet Vroegop.

The Duke also took part in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, sitting in the front passenger seat and helping navigate a course of bridge structures, ramps and rocks.

Prior to Friday, the couple had not been seen publicly on this side of the Atlantic together since 2020.

Harry and Meghan chose to make their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games almost five years ago.

The Duchess of Sussex is driven by Mya Poirot, 5, in a Land Rover toy at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands.  Picture date: Saturday April 16, 2022.
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Harry and Meghan were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London last month
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Land Rover Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games site in The Hague, Netherlands on Saturday April 16, 2022. The week-long games for active military and sick veterans , wounded or injured open Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the world center for peace and justice.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Prince Harry photographed in the Netherlands. Photo: AP

He and Meghan moved to California after stepping back from royal duties in January 2020.

Their appearance at the Zuiderpark came after visiting the queen in Windsor on Thursday, having flown in from the United States.

They did their first public appearance together in Europe because resign as members of the royal family more than two years ago when they attended a reception during the games on Friday.

Harry and Meghan’s trips to the UK and the Netherlands come after the couple were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London last month.


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