Meghan Markle, making her inaugural address at the Invictus Games, paid tribute to the attendees, including wounded and disabled military veterans, in a poignant speech.
This significant moment occurred at a grand event held in a Dusseldorf hotel, where she addressed an audience of 1,600 competitors, friends, and family.
Prince Harry’s Supportive Presence
Prince Harry, her husband, was also present, but he chose to remain in the background, allowing Meghan to shine.
This marked their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games, a notable milestone for the couple.
It was revealed that Meghan delivered her speech extemporaneously, without relying on a prepared script.
She personally handled her hair and makeup shortly after arriving at her five-star hotel in Dusseldorf, getting ready for the event in just over an hour.
The Host and Distinguished Guests
The event was hosted by Dave Coker of the Fisher House Foundation, one of the primary sponsors of the Invictus Games.
Officials from the Invictus Games Foundation were also in attendance, along with Dr. Stephan Keller, the Mayor of Dusseldorf, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex engaged with families.
The two-hour affair featured traditional German cuisine, as well as music and entertainment.
Meghan’s Endearing Mention of Her Children
During her maiden speech at the Invictus Games, Meghan made a heartwarming reference to her children, Archie and Lillibet.
She explained that she had missed the opening of the day’s games because she spent time with her young children in Los Angeles, treating them to milkshakes and taking her eldest on the school run before embarking on her journey to Germany.
Meghan expressed her desire to bring her children to the event someday so they could personally experience its significance.
Meghan’s Gracious Words
Addressing the enthusiastic audience, Meghan, dressed in a black Banana Republic dress, a Bottega Veneta belt, and Aquazarra shoes, stood alongside Harry as she took the stage to warm applause.
She shared her excitement about being there and humorously apologized for being a bit tardy due to her parental duties.
Meghan highlighted the importance of the Invictus Games and commended its positive start.
Acknowledgment of Fisher House
Meghan recounted her recent visit to a Fisher House in Los Angeles, expressing how moved she was by their work in assisting veterans and their families.
This organization plays a vital role in supporting the Invictus Games and its participants.
Meghan emphasized the significance of rehabilitation for veterans and their families, echoing her husband’s previous involvement with the Invictus Games.
Harry’s Contribution and Call for Connection
Harry, taking the microphone after Meghan’s lighthearted remark about him being a “man of few words tonight,” welcomed the friends and family of the competitors.
He recognized that the athletes were likely resting after a challenging day of competition and encouraged everyone in the room to exchange phone numbers and photos to foster connections as part of the healing process.
This momentous evening marked Meghan Markle’s first public appearance at the Invictus Games, symbolizing her support for the event and the inspirational veterans it honors.