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Meghan Markle says she is ‘deeply humbled’ by new Nigerian name and thanks Yoruba king for welcoming her and Prince Harry ‘home’ in personal letter


Meghan Markle said she was «deeply humbled» by her new Nigerian name as she thanked the Yoruba king for welcoming her and Prince Harry «home» in a personal letter.

The Duke, 39, and Duchess of Sussex, 42, embarked on a three-day quasi-royal tour of the country last month at the invitation of the Nigerian military.

During the trip, the couple – who learned more about the Duchess’s Nigerian heritage – met the Yoruba King Oluwo of Iwo.

The ruler gave the duchess – who recently found out she is 43% Nigerian through a genealogy test – the Yoruba name Adetokunbo, which translates to «a crown or royalty from a foreign land».

In late May, Meghan wrote to the leader to thank him for his hospitality and for honoring her with the Nigerian name.

Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the State Governor House in Lagos during their three-day visit to Nigeria

The Yoruba king – who was the only Yoruba monarch to be invited to the reception with the Duke and Duchess – has now shared Meghan’s letter with his 174,000 followers on Instagram.

The letter reads: “Thank you for your warm welcome to Nigeria.

“I am deeply humbled by your blessing of the traditional Yoruba name Adetokunbo.

“I treasure the name and appreciate your trust in me to wear it with grace and dignity.

“Our visit to Nigeria was important for many reasons, not the least of which was the opportunity to explore and understand my heritage as it extends to our children.

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“We look forward to coming home one day soon.

During the visit, Meghan thanked Nigerians for welcoming her to «my country» and told the Women in Leadership Summit that she hoped she could «do justice» by being a «role model».

When asked how she felt after finding out she was 43% Nigerian using a genealogy test, Meghan said the first thing she did was ‘call my mum because I wanted to know if she knew anything about it.’

Pictured: Meghan Markle seen meeting Yoruba King, Oluwo of Iwo (right) during her quasi-royal tour of Nigeria

Pictured: Meghan Markle seen meeting Yoruba King, Oluwo of Iwo (right) during her quasi-royal tour of Nigeria

Meghan Markle wrote this letter to the Yoruba king who honored her with a traditional Nigerian name during his trip.

Meghan Markle wrote this letter to the Yoruba king who honored her with a traditional Nigerian name during his trip.

Meghan continued, “Being African-American, part of it is that you don’t really know a lot about your lineage or where you come from specifically.

“And it was exciting for both of us to discover more and understand what that really means. Never in a million years would I understand it as much as I do now.

«It was really fascinating and humbling to be able to learn more about my heritage and know that this is just the beginning of this discovery.»

Meghan defined Nigerian women as ‘brave, resilient, bold, strong, beautiful’ and said: ‘It’s the most flattering thing to be in this company, to be in your company.’

The visit was primarily aimed at promoting the Invictus Games and comes after Harry met the Nigerian team and General Musa at last year’s competition in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle run for God Save The King in Abuja, Nigeria during an event with Nigeria Unconquered

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle run for God Save The King in Abuja, Nigeria during an event with Nigeria Unconquered

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Nigeria’s military is pitching the Invictus Games as one that could help rehabilitate thousands of its personnel who have been fighting home-grown Islamic extremists Boko Haram and its factions since they launched an insurgency in 2009.

During the trip, the Sussexes announced a partnership between the Archewell Foundation and the Geanco Foundation, a charity in Nigeria that runs surgical missions, promotes maternal health and provides scholarships to young female victims of terrorism.

Royal expert Michael Cole told MailOnline last month that although the couple were on a «private visit from two royals», they «used their royal status to the limit and in every way possible and tried to make it look like it was the real deal.» ‘.

He said that while the Sussexes’ trip «was not a state visit, an official visit or a royal tour», it appeared to be «a tour designed by Buckingham Palace and approved by the British Government».

He added that the couple «succeeded to the extent that they will return to California satisfied with their three days in Nigeria.»

Mr Cole continued: “That’s the magic of the monarchy. Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960 and became a republic three years later.

«But such is the historic connection to the crown and affection for the royal family that Africa’s most populous country has opened its rich arms to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with some people even addressing Meghan as ‘princess’ – which clearly pleased her.»

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