In 2022 so far, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made two trips to Europe, solidifying their ties to one of Harry’s longest running charitable projects, the Invictus Games, and using Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee as an opportunity to introduce their daughter, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, to her grandfather Prince Charles and to the world. On Monday, Meghan and Harry announced that they have a another trip to the continent planned for early September, and it will involved a visit to the One Young World summit in Manchester, a launch event for next year’s Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, and an appearance at the WellChild Awards.
On September 5, they will attend the One Young World summit, before traveling to Düsseldorf for the “One Year To Go” Invictus Games event on September 6. Then they’ll return to the U.K. for the WellChild Awards on September 8. In a statement, a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry explained the purpose of their trip. “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September,” it read.
WellChild and the Invictus Games are two of Harry’s longest running charitable associations, and Meghan has been attending One Young World events since before she joined the royal family. Harry and Meghan last attended the WellChild Awards, which honors children with serious illnesses and their families, in October 2019, though Harry attended a private party for the charity in June 2021, alongside his friend Ed Sheeran.
Back in 2020, a source told Vanity Fair that despite their move to Los Angeles, Meghan and Harry wanted to visit the U.K. more frequently, but the pandemic put their travel plans on hold. Meghan later opened up about the fact that the pandemic was preventing them from traveling more, though she did find a silver lining in experiencing more time with her son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
“It’s been a lot of really good family time,” she said in a conversation with Malala Yousafzai. “We are lucky to have the opportunity to watch him grow. In the absence of COVID, we would be traveling and working more externally, and we’d miss a lot of those moments.”
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