Meghan Markle Has Glam Moment in Strapless Dress at Reception with Prince Harry in Nigeria

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry coordinated their looks for a special reception on their second day in Nigeria

Published Time: 11.05.2024 - 18:31:05 Modified Time: 11.05.2024 - 18:31:05

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry coordinated their looks for a special reception on their second day in Nigeria.

Following their first stop at Nigeria: Unconquered, a national charity working in tandem with Prince Harry's Invictus Games, on Saturday, May 11, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception for military families and the widow association. The outing also came with a special update: the unveiling of a rehabilitation center.

For the event, the couple matched in linen ensembles. Meghan went glam in a St. Agni white strapless column linen dress, while Harry wore a cream linen suit.

As a former captain in the British Armed Forces and founding patron of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive sports tournament for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, advocating for veterans and their families has long been close to Harry's heart. 

During his short stay in the U.K. earlier this week for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, the Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance at an event hosted by Scotty's Little Soldiers in London. The afternoon brought together 50 kids and young people ranging in age from 6 to 22 who have experienced the death of a military parent, and Prince Harry came out to support as the charity's global ambassador.

Speaking to PEOPLE about Prince Harry’s vision for Invictus and what fuels his fire, his friend, fellow veteran and Invictus Games alumni David Wiseman said, "The identity of being a soldier doesn’t go away or change because you’re a prince or a duke. He feels that. He feels part of this community and we feel him as part of our community. That’s the passion and drives him in, wishing to serve this community."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in Nigeria this weekend at the invitation of the Chief of Defense staff, Staff General Christopher Gwabin Musa, the country's highest-ranking military official, and the itinerary highlights the Invictus mission.

Prince Harry's empathy shone on the first day of the tour at the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna, where he took one young man's hand in a move that channeled his late mother, Princess Diana.

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p> "Are they helping you? Are you feeling better?" Prince Harry asked at the bedside of Private Habu Sadiq in video captured by PEOPLE's chief foreign correspondent Simon Perry, who is exclusively covering the Duke and Duchess's outings in Nigeria. 

"Get better, be strong," Harry told the soldier, who had suffered from impaired eyesight due to a blast.

The hospital stop was the Duke's last outing on May 10, which also included visits to the Lightway Academy school (coordinating with the GEANCO Foundation’s inaugural mental health summit) and the Chief of Defense staff headquarters with Meghan, 42. Harry then continued solo to meet the governor (who surprised him with paintings of him with both Princess Diana and his wife Meghan!) and headed to the hospital.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their second day abroad at a  training session for Nigeria: Unconquered, a national charity working in collaboration with the Invictus Games Foundation. Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit to Nigeria: Unconquered was all about sports recovery, where they saw a training session/basketball match with athletes.

Nigeria participated in the Invictus Games for the first time in September 2023 at the latest cycle of the competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Prince Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, spent time with athletes from the team and fans in the stands. Meghan previously revealed on her Archetypes podcast in 2022 that she learned she has Nigerian heritage through a genealogy test, and Harry joked in his opening remarks at the 2023 Invictus Games that his wife was rooting for the Nigerian team.

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip to Nigeria is significant as their first international tour since stepping back from their royal roles in 2020. 

Later on May 11, the Duchess of Sussex will co-host an event of Women in Leadership with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization.

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