Meghan Markle pictured at LAX before flying to Harry's Invictus GamesSeptember 12, 2023
Meghan Markle will join Prince Harry for Invictus Games as the Duchess is pictured arriving at LAX airport before she flies to Germany
Meghan Markle looked delighted as she jetted out of the US to join her husband at the Invictus Games in Germany – but despite landing in London today she will not be stopping in Britain for long, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, boarded a plane from LAX to Heathrow last night accompanied by a single body guard spotted carrying some of her bags and clothing.
It is her first transatlantic journey since flying to London for the Queen’s funeral last September. The trip to Germany means she will be with Harry for his 39th birthday on Friday.
The mother-of-two has left Archie and Lilibet at home and was swept into LAX in a white luxury BMW yesterday evening, hours after she was spotted behind the wheel of her $140,000 black Range Rover grabbing a burger from In-N-Out close to the Sussexes’ $14.6m Montecito home.
After arriving at the airport at just before 6pm, she grinned as she got out of her limousine wearing $770 ivory Valentino mules, black baggy three-quarter-length trousers, a V-necked long-sleeved top and oversized $500 Celine sunglasses on her head while carrying a trademark hat.
She was clutching a $2,650 Goyard tote bag while her solo bodyguard was lugging a rucksack and dark suit carrier that may have been contained one of his boss’s dresses.
A smiling Meghan Markle arrives at LAX as she began her transatlantic trip to the Invictus Games
Meghan is supporting her husband in Europe at various sporting events for injured veterans
Meghan and her bodyguard as they leave their luxury BMW and prepare to fly to London
Meghan pointed towards the terminal at LAX and smiled as she walked in
The trio appeared to share a laugh as they unpacked Meghan’s belongings
Clutching her trademark hat, the Duchess of Sussex carried her handbag which contained a file and a silk scarf. Her security had a suit bag and rucksack
The Duchess has embarked on a six day trip to Europe. Her husband has been away for almost a week already
The Duchess of Sussex is expected to be in Germany this afternoon
Prince Harry kisses Team USA’s Davey Martinez on the head as he presents the team with gold medals following their win over Team UK in the wheelchair rugby finals last night
Meghan is due to land in London this morning but is unlikely to stop for long in the British capital, where she lived for three years with her husband before Megxit in January 2020.
She is likely to jump straight on to a BA flight to Dusseldorf this afternoon where her husband is attending every day of the Invictus Games, which ends on Saturday.
She will be whisked from the airport to the five star Hyatt Hotel where Harry is ensconced in the Presidential suite.
Meghan will support Harry and the athletes at events before his big speech at the closing ceremony, where she may also address the crowd.
Her absence from the start of the event ‘helps’ him, it was claimed today.
Speaking on GB News broadcaster Eamonn Holmes said that Harry going solo shows the world his personality.
He said: ‘He knows what he’s talking about, he’s very credible and does it very well. And she’s [Meghan Markle] not there. All of which helps.’
Prince Harry kissed Team USA’s Davey Martinez on the head last night as he presented the team with their gold medals after they beat Team UK in the Invictus Games wheelchair rugby final.
Harry had a front row seat next to Royal Marine veteran Mark Ormrod whom the prince has previously described the triple amputee as Britain’s answer to Superman. The Duke of Sussex showed his excitement as he clapped and cheered along with the noisy crowd.
The final took place in a raucous atmosphere at the Merkur-Spiel arena in Düsseldorf, Germany as both sets of fans cheered on the competitors.
He also left two boys delighted yesterday after giving them each a high-five at the Invictus Games in Germany.
Meghan pulls up in her executive car
Meghan gets out of the car as a member of airport staff gets her belongings from the boot
The Duchess will be away from her two children until the weekend
The Duchess has also been a big supporter of Invictus since she fell in love with Harry
The Duchess of Sussex is expected to address crowds at potentially the closing ceremony in Dusseldorf on Saturday
Meghan was wearing white flats, black baggy three-quarter-length trousers, a V-necked long-sleeved top and large sunglasses on her head
Meghan was travelling to London with a single security guard
LAX staff leads the Duchess of Sussex into departures
The mother of two is without Archie and Lilibet, who remain at home in Montecito
She was then checked in after being swept in via a VIP entrance
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, grinned as she waited for her food at In-N-Out behind the wheel of her $140,000 black Range Rover close to the couple’s $14.6m Montecito home before heading to the airport
The Duke of Sussex, 38, walked alongside his security team – including ex-US presidential bodyguard Chris Sanchez and ex-Metropolitan Police officer Dave Langdown – when the two boys held out their hands for a high-five.
After Harry happily obliged, the children – one of whom was draped in a Union Jack – jumped up and down in excitement, with one raising his fist in celebration.
The prince was given a hero’s welcome in Germany by those attending the annual competition he founded in 2014 for wounded and disabled military veterans.
Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne, also posed for photos with competitors and was in a boisterous mood as he joined in chanting.
The duke was cheered by the crowd as he took his seat in the grandstand at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf.
As competitors participated in a 200-metre race, Harry could be seen cupping his hands to his mouth and cheering along with the crowd.
He sat next to Yulia Laputina, Ukraine’s minister of veterans affairs, who wore a green military uniform and draped her country’s flag over her shoulders.
Harry said he plans to attend as many events as he can during the week-long competition.
At the wheelchair basketball event, there was a revolving door of dignitaries sitting next to the prince, including Nasa administrator Bill Nelson.
Harry’s wife Meghan is expected to meet some of the children attending the event when she arrives at the games later this week.
She and Harry will be staying in the presidential suite at the waterfront hotel where on Friday they will celebrate his 39th birthday.
This year’s competition will run until Saturday.
The Duke of Sussex at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, supporting the events
The Duke of Sussex talks to a girl as he attends the Wheelchair Rugby competition
Harry speaks with a young supporter as he attends the Powerlifting with PDEL
Prince Harry playfully tugged on a Canadian fan’s beard as he made his first appearance at the Invictus Games
A total of 550 sick, wounded and injured former and current military personnel from 21 countries are taking part in ten team and individual sports.
Team UK, captained by Royal Navy submarine officer Lieutenant Commander James Rogers, has been supported by the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.
Harry revealed on Saturday at the opening ceremony that Meghan will be cheering for Nigeria at the games this year after discovering that she is of Nigerian descent.
The duke said that while the Sussexes do not ‘play favourites’, the discovery means things are likely to get ‘a little bit more competitive’ between the couple.
Meanwhile, Harry took part in a penalty shootout on German TV on Saturday – and lost without scoring a goal.
The duke was involved in the challenge on the ZDF TV channel alongside German defence minister Boris Pistorius and two athletes from the Invictus Games.
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