Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Kick Off 72-Hour Tour in Nigeria to Support Wounded Soldiers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Kick Off 72-Hour Tour in Nigeria to Support Wounded Soldiers

by Chidera Perpetual


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have embarked on a significant journey to Nigeria, setting foot in the populous African nation to champion the cause of wounded soldiers and promote the Invictus Games. The royal couple arrived in Nigeria after boarding an overnight British Airways flight to Abuja, the nation’s capital. However, their journey faced a slight delay as the scheduled pilot fell ill, prompting a quick replacement.

Their visit to Nigeria was extended through an invitation from General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), who sought their presence to interact with wounded soldiers and their families. Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Marquis, the Director of Sports at Defence Headquarters (DHQ), disclosed that Prince Harry, the founder of the Invictus Games, will spend three days in Nigeria, engaging with soldiers on their path to recovery.

“We realized that 80% of our soldiers have been involved in this recovery program; they are getting better. Their outlook on life is positive,” remarked AVM Marquis, highlighting the significance of the visit in bolstering the soldiers’ rehabilitation efforts.

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Upon their arrival in Nigeria, the royal couple was welcomed by Nigerian officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Understanding the fatigue from their journey, the couple is scheduled to rest before commencing their first engagement at midday at the Defence Headquarters. Subsequently, they will travel to Kaduna to meet wounded soldiers at a military hospital before returning to Abuja for further engagements.


This marks the first joint visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Nigeria, reflecting their commitment to supporting causes that resonate deeply with them. Through their presence and advocacy, they aim to amplify the voices of wounded soldiers, honoring their resilience and inspiring hope for a brighter future.

Their journey serves as a reminder of the power of empathy, compassion, and collective action in building a more inclusive and supportive society for all.

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