Meghan Markle and Prince Harry return to US after visit to Nigeria

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrapped up their first international tour since stepping back as working royals.

Pop Culture & Art May 15, 2024
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo: ANDREW ESIEBO

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have returned to Los Angeles after a whirlwind three-day trip to Nigeria, their first international tour since stepping back as senior royals. 

The visit, at the invitation of Nigeria's Chief of Defense Staff, was filled with meaningful encounters, cultural exchange, and a focus on issues close to their hearts.

The couple's jam-packed itinerary included visits to schools, military hospitals, and charitable organisations. Prince Harry, known for his dedication to veterans, connected with injured soldiers and encouraged them to participate in the Invictus Games. Meanwhile, Meghan, who recently discovered her Nigerian heritage, embraced the local culture and co-hosted a panel discussion on women's leadership.

The Duchess of Sussex spoke with joy about her Nigerian roots, proudly calling Nigeria "my country." She also shared heartwarming anecdotes about her children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, and emphasised her love for motherhood.

The trip concluded with a festive reception at the State Governor House in Lagos, mirroring a similar visit by Prince Harry's parents, King Charles and Princess Diana, in 1990. The Governor of Lagos praised Prince Harry for his engagement and expressed hope that he would take away a deeper understanding of Nigeria's diversity and peaceful coexistence.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's return to Los Angeles coincides with their foundation, Archewell, being declared delinquent by the California Registry of Charities and Foundations. However, a spokesperson for the foundation has refuted this claim, stating that Archewell remains "in good standing."


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