Meghan Markle flies back to Britain (but only for a few minutes): Duchess is pictured arriving at LAX airport as she flies to Germany via Heathrow for Invictus Games – while Prince Harry arrives for third day of sports contest
By Martin Robinson and Mark Duell In London and Paul Thompson In Dusseldorf
Meghan Markle looked delighted as she jetted out of the US last night 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 boarded a plane at Los Angeles to Heathrow accompanied by a single bodyguard who was 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. Her trip means she will be with Harry for his 39th birthday on Friday.
In Dusseldorf today, Harry watched a wheelchair basketball match between Team UK and Ukraine with his friend JJ Chalmers. He was seen in animated conversation with the former marine who competed in the first Invictus Games in London in 2014.
Chalmers suffered serious injuries during a bomb blast in 2011 while in the Royal Marines and based in Helmand. He lost two fingers and his right elbow disintegrated.
After attending the indoor rowing, Harry is due to return to his hotel for the arrival of wife Meghan. Earlier, Harry was back out and about again and had a spring in his step as he made a surprise appearance at a marquee for competitors to mingle.
Flanked by his bodyguard, he strode into the Team Respect tent and took off his sunglasses as he was introduced to a senior member of the German military.
The Team Respect area allows competitors to relax away from the events, and Harry chatted to volunteers on stands where they can pick up Invictus Games souvenirs. The marquee is operated by the Bundeswehr, the German military, which organised the games. A big crowd of German soldiers waited in the heat for Harry’s arrival.
But some were disappointed that they did not get to see Meghan. Last night, she left Archie and Lilibet at home and was swept into LAX in a white luxury BMW, hours after being spotted behind the wheel of her $140,000 black Range Rover grabbing a burger from In-N-Out close to the Sussexes’ $14.6million Montecito home.
After arriving at the airport at just before 6pm local time (2am UK time), Meghan 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 contained one of Meghan’s dresses.
Meghan Markle at Los Angeles Airport last night as she begins her trip to the Invictus Games
The Duchess of Sussex leaves LAX last night and is expected to be in Germany this afternoon
Meghan is due to land in London this morning but is unlikely to stop for long in the UK, where she lived for three years with her husband before Megxit in January 2020.
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She is likely to jump straight onto a British Airways flight to Dusseldorf this afternoon where Harry is attending every day of the Invictus Games, which ends on Saturday.
Meghan will be whisked from the airport to the five-star Hyatt Hotel where Harry is ensconced in the presidential suite.
The Duchess 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.’
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 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 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 Dusseldorf as both sets of fans cheered on the competitors.