Meghan Markle looked delighted as she left the US to join her husband at the Invictus Games in Germany – but despite landing in London today, she won’t be stopping in Britain.MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, boarded a plane from LAX to Heathrow last night, accompanied by just one bodyguard seen carrying some of her bags and clothes.
The mother-of-two left Archie and Lilibet at home and was taken to LAX in a white luxury BMW last night, hours after she was spotted behind the wheel of her $140,000 black Range Rover taking a hamburger at Inside and outside near the Sussexes’ $14.6 million Montecito home.
After arriving at the airport shortly before 6 p.m., she smiled as she got out of her limousine, wearing white flats, loose black three-quarter length pants, a long-sleeved V-neck top and large sunglasses on the head, while wearing a designer hat. His solo bodyguard carried a backpack and a dark suit that perhaps carried one of his boss’s robes.
Meghan must lands in London this morning but is not expected to stop long in the British capital, where she lived for three years with her husband before Megxit in January 2020.
A smiling Meghan Markle arrives at LAX as she begins her transatlantic journey to the Invictus Games
Meghan and her bodyguard as they leave their luxury BMW and prepare to fly to London
Meghan pointed to the LAX terminal and smiled as she entered.
Clutching her signature hat, the Duchess of Sussex carried her handbag which contained a folder and a silk scarf. His security had a suit bag and a backpack
Meghan supports her husband in Europe at various sporting events
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 victory over Team Great Britain in the wheelchair rugby final last night.
She will probably take a BA flight this afternoon to Düsseldorf, where her husband attends the Invictus Games every day, which ends on Friday.
Meghan will support Harry and the athletes at events before her big speech at the closing ceremony, where she will also be able to address the crowd.
His absence from the start of the event “helped him”, it was claimed today.
Speaking on GB News, Eamonn Holmes said Harry going solo showed the world his personality.
He said: “He knows what he’s talking about, he’s very credible and does it very well. And she (Meghan Markle) is not there. This all helps.
Prince Harry kissed Team USA’s Davey Martinez on the head last night as he presented the team with their gold medals after beating the British team in the Invictus Games wheelchair rugby final .
Harry had a ringside seat next to Royal Marine veteran Mark Ormrod, who the prince previously described as the triple amputee as Britain’s answer to Superman. The Duke of Sussex showed his enthusiasm by clapping and cheering 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 the competitors.
He also left two boys delighted yesterday after greeting them each at the Invictus Games in Germany.
Meghan arrives in her company car
Meghan gets out of the car while an airport staff member collects her belongings from the trunk.
The Duchess will be away from her two children until the weekend
The Duchess has also been a big supporter of Invictus since falling in love with Harry.
The Duchess of Sussex is expected to address the crowd at the closing ceremony in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Meghan went to London with just one security guard
LAX staff lead the Duchess of Sussex to departures
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, smiled while waiting for her food at In-N-Out behind the wheel of her $140,000 black Range Rover near the couple’s $14.6 million Montecito home dollars, before heading to the airport.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, was walking alongside his security team – including former US presidential bodyguard Chris Sanchez and former Metropolitan Police officer Dave Langdown – when the two boys reached out to each other to greet each other.
After Harry happily agreed, 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 participants in the annual competition he founded in 2014 for wounded and disabled veterans.
Harry, fifth in line to the throne, also posed for photos with contestants and was in a boisterous mood as he joined in the chants.
The Duke was cheered by the crowd as he took his place in the stands at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf.
As competitors competed in a 200 meter race, Harry could be seen putting his hands to his mouth and cheering with the crowd.
He was seated next to Yulia Laputin, 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 possible during the week-long competition.
At the wheelchair basketball event, there was a revolving door of dignitaries seated next to the prince, including NASA administrator Bill Nelson.
Harry’s wife Meghan is expected to meet some of the children at the event when she arrives at the games later this week.
She and Harry will stay in the presidential suite at the waterfront hotel where they will celebrate his 39th birthday on Friday.
This year’s competition will run until Saturday.
The Duke of Sussex at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, in support of the events
The Duke of Sussex speaks to a girl as he watches the wheelchair rugby competition
Harry speaks with a young supporter while attending Powerlifting with PDEL
Prince Harry playfully pulled Canadian fan’s beard during first Invictus Games appearance
In total, 550 military personnel, former and current, sick and injured, from 21 countries, participate in ten team and individual sports.
The British team, led by Royal Navy Submarine Officer Lieutenant Commander James Rogers, was supported by the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.
Harry revealed during the opening ceremony on Saturday that Meghan would be cheering for Nigeria at this year’s games after discovering she was of Nigerian descent.
The Duke said that while the Sussexes don’t “play favourites”, the discovery means things are likely to get “a little more competitive” between the couple.
Meanwhile, Harry took part in a penalty shootout on German television on Saturday – and lost without scoring a goal.
The Duke took part in the challenge on television channel ZDF alongside German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius and two Invictus Games athletes.