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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoy intimate pre-birthday meal - details

Prince Harry will mark his 39th birthday on Friday


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had dinner with their team on Thursday night© Instagram
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Updated: September 14, 2023
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Prince Harry will be celebrating his 39th birthday on Friday, which will be Day 7 of the Games, and ahead of his special day, he and his wife, Meghan Markle, headed out to enjoy a private meal together with their close team. The duo were spotted in a restaurant in central Dusseldorf called 'Im Goldenen Kessel', part of the Brauerei Schumacher. 

A source said the event was a "family meal" for the couple and their Archewell team. The menu for the restaurant boasts an array of local delicacies, including Bratwurst and Wiener Schnitzel. A staff member at the restaurant exclusively told HELLO! that the Duke and Duchess were very welcome guests adding that the Prince was "very generous, and tipped very well."

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Restaurant owner Thea Ungermann added: "The couple were very relaxed, they drank our beer, Schumacher Alt - it's the same beer they are serving at the Invictus Games. Harry and Meghan sat next to each other during the meal. I had goosebumps when they walked into the restaurant, I had watched his speech on the stage at the Invictus Games and couldn't believe he was in my restaurant. Prince Harry was so lovely and gave me a hug."

A source said: "It had a very joyful family meal feel. It's the first night that Harry and Meghan have eaten outside of the hotel restaurant so it was a great experience. They always eat with their team but tonight was a special evening."

Harry and Meghan dined with members of Archewell
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Meghan looked beautiful in a pair of white trousers alongside a striped shirt, while the Duke wore a smart shirt and jeans.

After their meal, the group headed back to their hotel, where the Prince was treated to some cakes and a chorus of 'Happy Birthday'.

The outing comes following a busy day for the royal couple who ahead of the events of Day 6, carried out a private engagement with representatives from NATO. In their first sporting event for the day, the couple watched Ukraine play Nigeria in the sitting volleyball, and Meghan may have had a slight favourite after discovering her Nigerian heritage last year.

The royal couple were spotted getting into the spirit, hugging each other, whooping and cheering, and waving the Nigerian flag, and they were even seen taking selfies with fans who sat close to them.

Meghan Markle poses for a picture at the sitting volleyball competition© Getty
Meghan Markle poses for a picture at the sitting volleyball competition

Meghan also displayed her kindness when she comforted  German volleyball player, Tino Wesser, who sadly broke his leg after slipping on a wet court and is unable to compete in the remainder of the Games. Following the match, she was seen rushing through the Merkur Spiel Arena to personally offer words of comfort to the former soldier.

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A member of Team Germany said: "Meghan was told about Tino's accident and how upset he was that he could no longer compete. She asked to come and speak with him after being told how upset he was at the accident. It was a lovely gesture and we are very grateful."

The Duchess of Sussex adjusts her hair at the sitting volleyball competition on field one at the Merkur Spiel-Arena during the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany. Picture date: Thursday September 14, 2023. (Photo by Jordan Pettitt/PA Images via Getty Images)© Jordan Pettitt - PA Images
Meghan comforted one of the athletes

The previous day, the Duchess had an exciting moment as she met with members of the Nigerian team, who bestowed upon her the sweetest nickname, Amira Ngozi Lolo. Amira is a warrior princess from a legend, Ngozi means 'blessed' and Lolo is 'royal wife'. Harry also received an equally astounding present as the Australian team made sure to keep to their tradition and handed the Duke a pair of budgie smugglers.

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