Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rubbed shoulders with famous friends again as they posed with Rita Ora and Sam Ryder at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Dusseldorf last night.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, and the Duke, 3, 9, posed for a photo with the singers, who both performed at the closing ceremony in Germany on Saturday. .
Meghan looked typically chic in an £830 Cult Gaia dress which she teamed with nude stilettos from Aquazzurra.
Meanwhile, Harry looked dapper in a black suit and matching black shirt which he teamed with smart shoes.
The couple often chats with celebrities near their home in Montecito, California, so Saturday was no exception.
Meghan and Prince Harry appeared in good spirits as they rubbed shoulders with their celebrity friends Rita Ora and Sam Ryder (right) at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry, who served in the British Army for 10 years and completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans, with the first event taking place in 2014 .
Rita wowed in a glamorous dress as she posed with the royal couple backstage before taking to the stage to perform six of her hit songs.
The singer delivered a very energetic performance as she showcased her impressive vocals and ran around the stage to entertain the crowd.
Rita wore criss-cross sheer tights that showed off her thin pins and added a matching long-sleeved jacket over the top.
The royal couple is used to rubbing shoulders with high-profile celebrities as they have been close for years to Serena Williams and Misha Nonoo, they have also met Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey more recently.
Other members of the Sussex inner circle include Gayle King, Misan Harriman and Sophie Trudeau as well as Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Tyler Perry has become one of Harry and Meghan’s closest friends since they moved to California – but they first had contact before their 2018 wedding.
Meghan revealed in the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary that Perry sent her a letter expressing sympathy for how she was separated from her father Thomas.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, and the Duke, 39, beamed at the closing ceremony in Düsseldorf, Germany on Saturday.
Rita delivered a very energetic performance as she showcased her impressive vocals and ran around the stage to entertain the crowd.
She said on the show: “I’d never met him before. He said he was praying for me and if I ever needed anything he would be there.
Perry then invited Meghan and Harry in 2020 to move into his £16 million 18-bedroom Los Angeles home – without even meeting them.
The couple spent six weeks there before later moving into their first home together, the £12million mansion in Montecito where they currently live.
The trio have since become good friends, and Perry is now Lilibet’s godfather – but told the Netflix documentary he did so by insisting he would not take part in any royal ceremonies at a church in Britain.
Perhaps Meghan and Harry’s most famous friend is Oprah Winfrey, who conducted the explosive interview with the couple in 2021 that sparked huge fallout over a series of allegations, including racism and bullying .
Reflecting later on the interview on CBS in September last year, Oprah – who is a close neighbor of the couple in Montecito – claimed she “didn’t intend to do an explosive interview”.
Meghan looked typically chic in a turquoise leather dress which she paired with cream stilettos
Prince Harry and Meghan appeared in good spirits as they enjoyed performances at the Invictus Games closing ceremony.
She added: “I was as surprised by the bombshell as everyone else. I was doing an interview to give them a platform, to tell their story and the reasons why they left.
In March this year, Oprah said the couple had not consulted her about whether to attend the king’s coronation – leading to some claims on Twitter that she was distancing herself from them.
But there’s no indication they had a falling out, and she’s always been very respectful to the Sussexes in interviews.
Meghan’s bond with Serena Williams dates back to 2010 and is one of the longest friendships the Duchess has had with a major celebrity.
They first met at the Super Bowl that year and then again at the 2014 event in New York.
Meghan then began watching Williams in tennis tournaments, including the US Open in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015.
Williams recalled to Vanity Fair in 2017 that after Meghan started dating Harry, she told him, “You have to be who you are, Meghan.” You can’t hide.
The tennis star and her husband Alexis Ohanian attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 – then Meghan watched Williams at Wimbledon in June of that year, alongside Kate in the royal box. They did it again in July 2019.
There are also those with whom there have been alleged feuds, including Jessica Mulroney and Tom Inskip – while others like Lizzie Cundy, Ninaki Priddy and Millie Mackintosh have openly spoken about the relationship breakdown.