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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have returned to their home in California after their three-day tour to the West African country Nigeria – but the couple’s visit has received mixed reactions, with some claiming it is an “unofficial royal tour” since they stepped down as working royals back in 2020.

The visit was the Sussexes’ first to Africa since 2019. The couple were invited to the country by the chief of the defence staff, and were also there to promote the duke’s Invictus Games, which stages sporting events for wounded, sick or injured veterans and serving military personnel.

During the couple’s three-day visit, Meghan said learning more about her heritage had “been eye-opening”. Meghan shared on her Archetypes podcast two years ago that she had taken a DNA-based test that showed she was “43 percent Nigerian”.

Appearing at an event about women’s leadership in the country, the Duchess shared: “Never in a million years would I understand it as much as I do now.”

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Speaking of the visit, former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond told OK! Magazine: “This seems to be a rather strange halfway house. I think both the King and the Prince, and indeed the Government, will want it to be made clear that Harry is not representing either the Royal Family or Britain on this trip.”

The US-based couple use their status to highlight some of the causes they care most about. For instance, Harry played a game of sitting volleyball with disabled athletes — all of them whom were Nigerian army veterans.

Nigeria has also expressed interest in hosting the Invictus Games, the charity sporting event for wounded soldiers founded a decade ago by the duke.

Meghan also co-hosted a women’s leadership event and addressed the crowds which was met with applause: “Thank you very much for how graciously you’ve all been welcoming my husband and I to this country,” she said, pausing before adding, “my country.”

It comes as Prince Harry attended a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London a few days before his trip to Nigeria, which saw him celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games and give a reading. The monarch was not able to see his son during his fleeting visit to the UK due to time constraints, leaving the Duke to undertake the visit alone.



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