Meghan says she 'could not love and respect' Harry more during Invictus Games ceremony

16 April 2022, 19:23 | Updated: 17 April 2022, 06:52

Harry and Meghan have arrived to the Invictus Games opening ceremony
Harry and Meghan have arrived to the Invictus Games opening ceremony. Picture: Alamy

By Megan Hinton

Meghan Markle expressed her support for the Ukraine team at the Invictus Games, as the Duke and Duchess made their grand entrance speech at the opening ceremony.

Harry founded the sports competition to help the rehabilitation of injured and sick military personnel.

The Duchess of Sussex said everyone is "standing with" the Ukraine team at the Invictus Games, as she addressed the opening ceremony in The Hague.

To huge applause, Meghan said: "Good evening everyone. We are so grateful to the Netherlands for welcoming us and for hosting the Invictus Games.

"For each team, my husband and I both recognise it's been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally. Not least of which for the Ukraine team, who we are all standing with."

The Duchess paid tribute to the service and dedication of all those participating in this year's games.

Continuing: "One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here at the Invictus Games that we honour your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family and your community off the field.

"Thank you so much for your service and thank you to all the family and the friends that are here, who've been supporting you along the way. Because this is service, this is dedication and this is the Invictus family."

Read more: Harry and Meghan arrive at Invictus Games after meeting with Charles for just 15 minutes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a kiss during the Invictus Games opening ceremony
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a kiss during the Invictus Games opening ceremony. Picture: Alamy

Introducing her "incredible husband", Meghan said she "could not love and respect him more".

She said: "It is my distinguished honour to introduce someone that I think you'll all be very excited to hear from.

"He has also spent many late nights and early mornings planning for these games to make them as perfect as possible for each of you.

"I could not love and respect him more and I know that all of you feel the same because he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service.

"He's the founder of the Invictus Games, and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex."

Harry paid tribute to the "boundless humility, the compassion and the friendship" of the Invictus Games.

He said: "I want to personally thank the people of the Netherlands for welcoming us with such warm Dutch hospitality.

"And thank you to the Dutch government, the Ministry of Defence and the Dutch royal family for their support in making this all happen after a two-year wait."

Read more: Harry and Meghan 'offer olive branch' in surprise visit to the Queen in Windsor

Expressing his admiration and "bravery" of Team Ukraine in choosing to attend the games he said: "Your bravery in choosing to come and for being here tonight cannot be overstated.

"You told me yesterday when you decided to join us despite all odds, you said you came to be on this global stage, not simply to show your strength but to tell your truth, the truth, of what is happening in your country.

"You know we stand with you. The world is united with you and still you deserve more.

"And my hope is that these events, this event, creates the opportunity in how we as a global community can better show up for you."

Harry told the crowd about his conversations with son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up.

The duke said: "To be role models, or the role models, that each of you are takes strength and it takes courage.

"When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days it's an astronaut, other days it's a pilot - a helicopter pilot obviously. Or Kwazii from Octonauts. If you're laughing then you've seen that.

"But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it's your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see before us today."

Harry said those involved with Invictus have "overcome immense challenges", adding: "And together you are healing and teaching the world as you go."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challange
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challange. Picture: Alamy

It comes after the pair spent the day being taken for a spin by children in mini Land Rover vehicles at The Hauge.

The Duke of Sussex also took part in a driving challenge held by Jaguar Land Rover at the Invictus Games.

Meghan watched as he navigated a course of bridge structures, ramps and rocks.

The couple were dressed in casual clothes for the event on Saturday afternoon.

This story is being updated, more follows.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

The UK is set to experience some warm, dry weather

Two-week period when Brits to bask in warm, dry weather revealed, after cold period ahead

A boy, 8, was killed in the incident.

Mother pays tribute to 'bubbly and kind' boy, 8, killed in crash on quiet Wiltshire cul-de-sac

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

Damien Guerot stepped in in Sydney

Builder who wielded bollard to defend children from rampaging Sydney knifeman says attacker's 'eyes were empty'

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel approves plan of attack after foiling massive Iran onslaught, as world leaders call for 'stabilisation'

The G7 have condemned the Iran attack on Israel

G7 leaders condemn Iran's 'unprecedented' attack on Israel and say they 'stand ready to take further measures'

Russia Ukraine War

More civilians die in Ukraine amid warning US aid delays will hamper Kyiv forces

The minibus lying on its side

Seventeen rushed to hospital after bus carrying football fans overturns on motorway in multiple car smash

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy and Paloma Faith join celebrities demanding Government act over Sudan

Dawn Singleton was among six victims of the stabbings

Victim of Sydney stabbings 'bought wedding dress days earlier' and was preparing to send out invitations

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel says Iran conflict 'not over' and vows to 'collect a price when timing is right', as US urges restraint

Poland Abortion

Polish opponents of abortion march against recent steps to liberalise strict law

A boy, 8, was killed in the incident.

Boy, 8, dies after crash on quiet Wiltshire cul-de-sac

Five of the six victims from the stabbing have been named.

Victims of Sydney stabbings named as heartbroken tributes flood in following attack by knifeman who killed six

Rishi Sunak confirmed a number of Iranian drones attacking Israel were shot down by RAF jets.

RAF jets shot down ‘a number’ of Iranian drones attacking Israel, Rishi Sunak says

A demonstrator waves Iranian and Palestinian flags during an anti-Israeli gathering at the Felestin (Palestine) Square in Tehran, Iran

What is the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel?