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Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands without the kids

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The Duchess of Sussex will join her husband in the Invictus Games, which begin this weekend in the Netherlands, a spokesman for the couple has confirmed.

The international competition will take place in The Hague from April 16-22 after being postponed due to the pandemic.

Harry founded the games to support the rehabilitation of injured or ill military members and veterans from around the world by challenging them to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess has confirmed that Meghan will accompany Harry to the games in The Hague for the first few days.

The Invictus Games was where the couple made their first public appearance together nearly five years ago.

Meghan made her first appearance at an official engagement Harry attended on September 24, 2017 when she attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, although the couple sat about 18 seats apart.

The following day, the two showed up hand in hand to make their first public appearance together at wheelchair tennis.

Earlier today, Team UK participants said they would love to see Meghan and the couple’s children, Archie, two, and Lili, nine-month-old, at the games.

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Children are not expected to be present.

Daniel O’Connor, 31, from Hereford, competes in archery and indoor rowing and said Harry is “someone who cares a lot”.

Mr O’Connor, who suffers from chronic pain, said: “He has the things in mind that he wants to achieve in life, the things that he would like to see and he’s trying to work towards that.

“And if everyone had that attitude, you can imagine how different the world would be.”

When asked if he would like to see Meghan at the event, Mr O’Connor said: “I think everyone at the Games, all those who attend, bring friends and family and I think if we have the right then friends and Definitely bringing Prince Harry with me.”

He said anyone who wants to support the Invictus games is welcome with open arms, adding that Meghan has been to previous Invictus events.

“So she has shown continued support of the games.

“I think she’s doing a great job,” he said, adding, “I’d love to see her at the games.

“If she is, great, and I hope they bring the kids too so they have the whole family there.”

Lucy Holt, 29, of Lincoln, said it would be “a nice surprise” if the family showed up.

Ms. Holt, who competes in powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair basketball and track and field, said Harry’s family is very supportive of the Invictus Games.

“I think it’s a great way to show his family what he’s accomplished and what he’s still achieving,” she said.

Ms Holt said the games are great for children as they show what can be achieved with disabilities.

Jason Finlay, 50, who lives in Amesbury, said he found it “very relaxing” to talk to Harry as they met a couple of times.

Mr Finlay, who competes in sit volleyball and track and field, said: “It was great to meet him to be honest.

“You can see the military ethos he has through his military service.”

He said it would be nice to meet Meghan, adding she would be a good ambassador for Invictus.

Harry and Meghan, who live in the US, did not attend the funeral service for the Duke of Edinburgh in London last month.

Harry is filing a lawsuit against the Home Office after being told he would no longer receive the same level of personal protective equipment when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.

The Duke wants to bring his children from the US to visit, but he and his family “cannot return to his homeland” because it is too dangerous, his legal representative said.

Team UK will compete in nine sports at the Invictus Games: track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming and sitting volleyball.

Harry played a crucial role in bringing the Games to the UK in 2014 when 300 participants from 13 countries took part in the inaugural competition in London.

A trip to the Warrior Games in Colorado a year earlier had been the inspiration, as Harry saw firsthand how sports helped inspire recovery and aid in the rehabilitation of wounded troops.

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