The Sussexes are being kept safe by local police and the Dutch royal protection unit during their trip to The Netherlands, as the row over their security in the UK continues
Prince Harry and Meghan were flanked by five burly bodyguards as they arrived at today’s Invictus Games, where they have been dubbed “VVIPs.”
The couple are taking in the Games, which the Duke of Sussex founded for wounded war veterans, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Last month the pair skipped the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh as a row over their security rumbles on in the UK.
But they have been dubbed VVIPs (very, very important people) for the Games, and are being kept safe by the Dutch royal protection unit and local police.
Prince Harry drove to the athletics arena with a member of the team joining him and Meghan in the car, while another Land Rover traveling behind contained the rest of the team.
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When they arrived a filming crew from Netflix captured them embracing competitors.
Harry is currently locked in a legal battle with the UK government over a decision to downgrade his security.
He is bringing a claim against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the same degree of personal police protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.
The Duke says he wants to bring his children to visit, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, his legal representative has said.
At last night’s opening ceremony Meghan praised her husband as she introduced her husband.
She said: “It is my distinguished honor to introduce someone that I think you’ll all be very excited to hear from.
“He has also spent many late nights and early mornings planning for these Games to make them as perfect as possible for each of you.
“I could not love and respect him more and I know that all of you feel the same, because he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and ten years of military service.
“He’s the founder of the Invictus Games, and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.”
Last week the couple made a secret visit to see the Queen and Prince Charles on a trip to the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex jetted in from the US for the face-to-face with the monarch at Windsor Castle before going to Holland.
The Sussexes quit as working members of the Firm in March 2020 and have since settled in California with their two children.
There have been mounting tensions between the pair and the rest of the royals due to a series of scandalous claims made from across the pond.