Traveling to The Hague
The royal family does not invite Harry and Meghan
04/13/2022, 11:09 a.m.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will soon travel to The Hague to visit the Invictus Games taking place there. However, they are probably not invited to the Dutch royal couple Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Instead, the two reside in a hotel.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will not have an audience with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands or a room at the Royal Palace during their visit to the Invictus Games in The Hague. Instead, they should reside in a hotel in The Hague. This is reported by the “Daily Mail”. Traditionally, the Dutch royal family has hosted stays for foreign royals, but a spokesperson has confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been offered this.
The couple may need to be supported by their own team if they attend the event later this week, which will be Meghan’s first trip to Europe since 2020. However, it is conceivable that Harry and Meghan received the ” VIP status” of the Dutch police, as it is also said. The Dutch authorities explained according to The Sun also that Harry and Meghan’s bodyguards should not be armed when traveling in the Netherlands.
It is unclear whether Harry will also travel to the UK and see the Queen at the event in the Netherlands, which takes place from April 16-22. According to Harry, he stayed away from the memorial service for his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in London at the end of March for security reasons.
The event is an affair of the heart
The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II has already promoted the event in The Hague. In March, for example, he appeared in a clip on social networks, which shows the Duke of Sussex learning Dutch in a video call with attendees ahead of the event. He also reveals at the end that he wears an all-orange outfit. “Thank you, see you soon in The Hague,” he said.
The Invictus Games have special meaning for the Prince and Duchess. During the third edition in 2017 in Toronto, Canada, Harry created a surprise: it was his first official appearance with his future wife, then American actress Meghan Markle. The 2018 Games were then held in Sydney. Prince Harry and Meghan were there again.
Meghan’s visit to The Hague is her first official trip to Europe since returning to her native California with Prince Harry in 2020. The two had previously stepped down as senior members of the British royal family. Meghan and Harry married in England in 2018. They are parents to two-year-old Archie and ten-month-old Lili.