Published On: Fri, Sep 15th, 2023
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Royal Family LIVE: Meghan Markle given new ‘royal nickname’ at Invictus games by athletes | Royal | News

A beaming Duchess of Sussex has reportedly been given a sweet new nickname by adoring members of the Nigerian team at the Invictus Games.

The 42-year-old had flown in to join her husband Harry at the succesful event in Dusseldorf, Germany, after earlier revealing she has traced heritage from the West African nation.

And her connection with Nigeria was made even stronger when team members dubbed her “Amira Ngozi Lolo”, which is understood to mean “blessed” and “royal wife”, the Independent reports.

Amira is also said to be a reference to the name of a warrior princess from Nigerian legend. Meghan Markle has previously revealed on her Archetypes podcast on Spotify that she discovered she is “43 per cent” Nigerian heritage.

Harry and Meghan posed for selfies with enthusiastic Nigerian supporters while Harry was also seen high-fiving some fans and Meghan waved a flag.

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The event, which is organised by the Invictus Games Foundation and has Harry as a patron, was set up with the aim to “inspire international communities through the power of the unconquered human spirit”.

It is a passion project of Harry’s, who sees the occasion as an important way to support the wellbeing of those who have served their country, “through a combination of ongoing care, training and employment opportunities”, the charity’s website states.

It is also where the couple appeared in public together for the first time at the Toronto Invictus Games in 2017, pictured hand in hand at a wheelchair tennis match.

On Thursday, Harry sported a grey shirt and dark trousers, while Meghan looked equally casual in white jeans and a knitted vest top as they were greeted by the crowds at the week-long event.

This is the sixth Invictus Games and it is set to involve around 500 athletes, across 10 disciplines, who come from 21 nations.

Meghan travelled from the Sussexes’ home in California to the German city, where Harry launched the tournament on Saturday night.

Harry’s arrival at the games comes after a brief visit to the UK, where he attended the WellChild Awards and visited St George’s Chapel in Windsor on the anniversary of the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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