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Prince Harry heads to the airport to leave the UK ahead of a tour of Nigeria with Meghan


Prince Harry was snapped at an airport departing from the UK ahead of his tour of Nigeria with Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex was seen arriving at the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport after visiting St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

The estranged king has been in London since Tuesday taking part in various events related to the competition.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will now begin their trip to Nigeria tomorrow as they visit the country’s military headquarters and promote the Invictus Games.

They are due to arrive the morning before their first engagement. Officials in Nigeria said the couple’s trip would be «private» and would last until Monday, including a visit to Lagos.

Prince Harry seen arriving at the Windsor Suite at Heathrow Airport as he leaves the UK

Prince Harry and Meghan, pictured in South Africa in 2019, will visit Nigeria this week

Prince Harry and Meghan, pictured in South Africa in 2019, will visit Nigeria this week

Harry imagined himself playing games with devastated military children when he unexpectedly visited a charity event

Harry imagined himself playing games with devastated military children when he unexpectedly visited a charity event

The 39-year-old spent the afternoon with 50 children and young people who had experienced the death of a military parent

The 39-year-old spent the afternoon with 50 children and young people who had experienced the death of a military parent

He took part in games and spoke to youngsters at a fun-filled event organized by Scotty's Little Soldiers in London.

He took part in games and spoke to youngsters at a fun-filled event organized by Scotty’s Little Soldiers in London.

Earlier today, Harry had been chatting and playing games with surviving military children when he made an unexpected visit to a charity event.

The 39-year-old spent the afternoon with 50 children and young people aged six to 22 who had experienced the death of a military parent.

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He took part in games – including one where the Duke used a straw to transport Smarties as quickly as possible – and spoke to youngsters as part of a fun-filled event organized by Scotty’s Little Soldiers in London.

Harry also spoke to nine members of Scotty’s Council, a group of young people who represent other members of the charity, who discussed their experiences of growing up without parents.

The Duke served two tours of Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 as a forward air traffic controller and Apache helicopter pilot, completing countless training missions in the UK, US and Australia.

He said: “It has been an honor to meet so many wonderful families that Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports.

“I have long believed in the mission of this charity and I truly believe that the work they do to support the community and create a space for young people to connect, grieve but also have fun together is life changing.

«I am a huge supporter of their work and very proud to be their first global ambassador.»

Prince said:

Prince said: «It’s been an honor to meet so many wonderful families that Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports»

Harry also spent time talking to the nine members of Scotty's council

Harry also spent time talking to the nine members of Scotty’s council

Prince Harry put on a brave face yesterday as he left St Paul's Cathedral alone after a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry put on a brave face yesterday as he left St Paul’s Cathedral alone after a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Met with cheers from the crowd, the estranged king beamed as he shook hands and joked with dozens of people who lined up to greet him.

Met with cheers from the crowd, the estranged king beamed as he shook hands and joked with dozens of people who lined up to greet him.

The charity – for which he became a global ambassador in November – was one of seven nominated by Harry and Meghan to benefit from donations to mark the couple’s 2018 wedding ceremony.

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Harry has been involved with the charity since 2017 and in 2022 recorded a special video message dressed as Spider-Man for its children’s Christmas party.

Georgia Paterson, 16, said it was «amazing» to talk to the Duke about the experience of losing a parent when he was growing up.

She said: “Prince Harry was the best person to share this experience with because he has been through it and understands it better than anyone.

“It was really touching to see him be vulnerable with us, which encouraged us to open up as well.

Georgia added: “It was really bonding because when your parents served, they served for the country and one of the most important things for the country is the Royal Family.

“Talking to someone who is a part of it made me feel more connected to my dad. It was amazing to be connected with him in that moment.’

Nikki Scott, who set up the charity in 2010 after her husband died while on tour in Afghanistan, said: “It was amazing to see all the smiles in the room when Prince Harry walked through the doors.

The Duke joked with one excited royal fan who had two phones out to try and get the best possible shot of Harry.

The Duke joked with one excited royal fan who had two phones out to try and get the best possible shot of Harry.

Harry arriving at St Paul's Cathedral for a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games

Harry arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex remains estranged from many members of the family following a series of attacks on the royal family in recent years.

The Duke of Sussex remains estranged from many members of the family following a series of attacks on the royal family in recent years.

Prince Harry speaks to guests and members of the clergy as he arrives at an event in St Paul's to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry speaks to guests and members of the clergy as he arrives at an event in St Paul’s to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games

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“The Duke of Sussex has supported Scotty’s for a long time, which means a lot to our members, knowing they understand what it’s like to experience the death of a parent and the challenges they face.

“It is important for our members to maintain a connection with the military community, which Prince Harry is also passionate about.

«Events like this are so valuable to our members because they allow them to develop friendships with others in a similar situation and also have a lot of fun.»

Scotty’s Little Soldiers currently supports over 670 surviving military children and young people up to the age of 25, offering one-to-one bereavement support, parent and carer advice, fun activities such as holidays and group events, and learning support.



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