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Harry and Meghan ‘rock star’ tour of Nigeria: Duke plays sitting volleyball in new Invictus Games reel released by Team Sussex during three-day visit


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were heckled by fans when the Duke of Sussex took part in a sitting volleyball match during their tour of Nigeria.

A new Invictus Games film released by the Sussex team shows Harry and Meghan being watched by cameras during their three-day visit as they are greeted by a large cheering crowd.

Wearing a black Invictus Games polo shirt, denim jeans and tan boots, the prince shakes hands with his teammates as he shuffles into position on the court in front of the net.

Meghan, who appeared in a £2,275 embroidered Joanna Ortiz Tropicana Nights dress with a black and white palm leaf pattern, claps and cheers as she sits tensely watching.

Prince Harry was met with cheering crowds as he took his place on the court during a sitting volleyball match during his tour of Nigeria.

The touching moment sees Meghan Markle, who appeared in a £2,275 embroidered Joanna Ortiz Tropicana Nights dress patterned with black and white palm leaves, chat to the young girl.

The touching moment sees Meghan Markle, who appeared in a £2,275 embroidered Joanna Ortiz Tropicana Nights dress patterned with black and white palm leaves, chat to the young girl.

The short polished montage is presented against a backdrop of high-octane music and shows the couple surrounded by ecstatic fans.

An outdoor volleyball match at the Officers Mess was their first official engagement on Saturday and the pair were once again in the limelight.

Meghan happily posed for selfies – at one point getting lost in the crowd – and some even broke down in tears after meeting her.

The Sussex Squad – a group of Harry and Meghan fans – were out cheering on the Duke and Duchess as they arrived just before midday.

Aptly named Royalty Ojeh, six, was chosen to present a stem of roses to Meghan, who plucked one from the bunch and handed it back to the astonished little girl.

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When they arrived, there were loud cheers from a group of fans who held placards reading ‘43% Nigerian’ in a nod to Meghan’s recent admission of her West African heritage.

Others jokingly said ‘Harry, you owe us a dowry’ and Michela Rituc from London explained;’ It’s a traditional dowry and Meghan is Nigerian so she owes us.

“When she announced her origin, I already knew you could tell by the face of the mother and the face of the grandmother, definitely from Eastern Nigeria.

“Those features say it all and the whole country melted when she said that, she’s our daughter, our daughter and we couldn’t be happier.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan today at an exhibition volleyball match in Abuja, Nigeria

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan today at an exhibition volleyball match in Abuja, Nigeria

Harry can hear him urging the Invictus athletes - as Meghan looks delighted next to him

Harry can hear him urging the Invictus athletes – Meghan looking delighted next to him

Harry's Nigeria Unconquered team eventually lost 21-25 to the Chief of Defense team with all the players injured by military personnel.

Harry’s Nigeria Unconquered team eventually lost 21-25 to the Chief of Defense team with all the players injured by military personnel.

The Duchess happily posed with onlookers - including one young girl, elegantly dressed in a white dress and matching bow
Meghan was thrilled to be presented with a painting by her adoring young fans

Meghan was thrilled to be presented with a painting by her adoring young fans

The Duke was all smiles as he got stuck in and fought hard in front of an excited audience

The Duke was all smiles as he got stuck in and fought hard in front of an excited audience

«We’ve always loved Meghan, ever since we saw her in Suits, and we’re so happy she’s come home to us.»

As he walked onto the field to join Invictus Games Council member David Wisey, Harry took off the green and white Nigerian scarf he had been given before enthusiastically joining in.

As he sat on the ground, he joined the Nigeria Unconquered team for a huddle and a motivational high five before he got stuck.

Many of the players – including men and women – were amputees and Meghan appeared to be clapping and cheering like Harry and his team.

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But it was the Nigerian defense chief’s staff that took the match and there were smiles and hugs at the end as Harry and Meghan met the players.

As with Friday’s Defense Headquarters meeting, there were occasionally chaotic scenes as Meghan was engulfed by enthusiastic fans in pop star-style scenes.

Harry – who seemed worried at times – kept shooting a wary look at his wife as their American and American security team tried to maintain control.

After the match, the pair were ushered into an adjoining room where they swapped wardrobes for lunch with Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Staff, Christopher Musa.

Members of the Nigeria Unconquered team are seen here on the left, dressed in yellow, while players from the Chief of Defense Staff are seen in black.

Members of the Nigeria Unconquered team are seen here on the left, dressed in yellow, while players from the Chief of Defense Staff are seen in black.

It was Meghan who really caused chaos as she turned up in a striped off-the-shoulder Joanna Ortiz dress to beat the 35C heat and humidity.

It was Meghan who really caused chaos as she turned up in a striped off-the-shoulder Joanna Ortiz dress to beat the 35C heat and humidity.

Meghan earned the love of her hosts, with one group of fans holding up signs reading

Meghan earned the love of her hosts, with one group of fans holding up banners reading «43% Nigerian», a nod to Meghan’s recent admission of her West African heritage.

Many of the players - both male and female - were amputees and Meghan appeared to be clapping and cheering along with Harry and his team.  Pictured: Harry and Meghan pose with their hosts

Many of the players – including men and women – were amputees and Meghan appeared to be clapping and cheering like Harry and his team. Pictured: Harry and Meghan pose with their hosts

One adoring fan holds a copy of Harry's memoir - perhaps she was lucky enough to have it signed by the prince himself

One adoring fan holds a copy of Harry’s memoir – perhaps she was lucky enough to have it signed by the prince himself

Harry delighted fans when he took part in a volleyball exhibition match sitting down - although he was unable to save his opponents' victory

Harry delighted fans when he took part in an exhibition volleyball match – although he was unable to save his opponents’ victory

Meghan appeared in close conversation with her hosts as she watched Harry play with a huge smile

Meghan appeared in close conversation with her hosts as she watched Harry play with a huge smile

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In one adorable moment, Meghan exchanged a red rose with one young fan who shyly met the Duke

In one adorable moment, Meghan exchanged a red rose with one young fan who shyly met the Duke

An outdoor volleyball match at the Officers Mess was their first official engagement on Saturday and the pair were once again in the limelight.

An outdoor volleyball match at the Officers Mess was their first official engagement on Saturday and the pair were once again in the limelight.

Harry was seen getting stuck into a sit-down volleyball match, even though his team ended up suffering a narrow defeat

Harry was seen getting stuck into a sit-down volleyball match, even though his team ended up suffering a narrow defeat

Harry pictured with his Nigeria Unconquered team who eventually lost 21-25 to the Defense Chief's team

Harry pictured with his Nigeria Unconquered team who eventually lost 21-25 to the Defense Chief’s team

Wearing a white off-the-shoulder full-length St Agni gown, Meghan left onlookers gasping as she walked into the officers’ mess for the reception.

Harry wore a cream linen suit and joked to one guest, who was wearing a black tuxedo: “I love my jacket. I want it.’

After taking their seats, the British and Nigerian national anthems were played with the couple facing a stage decorated with red, white and blue balloons.

Lunch guests could choose from five different menus including special fried rice, fish fillet sauce and jollof rice.

There was cow giblets with offada sauce or if they were reluctant to try the traditional Nigerian menu, they could opt for spaghetti bolognese or grilled chicken.

A dance group entertained guests with music and rhythmic drumming as Harry and Meghan tapped and swayed to the beat.

The giant poster on the stage was perhaps not the best choice as it featured a rather stern looking Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

A source close to the couple told MailOnline: ‘They are so happy to be in Nigeria and having a great time. Everyone was so welcoming to them and you can really feel the warmth of the people.

“As far as they’re concerned, it’s been a fantastic trip and they couldn’t be happier.



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