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Meghan Markle's secret outing in Dusseldorf revealed following end of Invictus Games

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in Germany last week for the Invictus Games

Meghan Markle's secret outing in Dusseldorf revealed following end of Invictus Games
Faye James
Faye JamesSenior Editor
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While the world eagerly anticipated the swift return of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the U.S. post the Invictus Games, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had other plans. 

Their journey took an inspiring detour when Meghan was spotted at Dusseldorf's TrebeCafé. Two new photos of the mother-of-two appeared on social  media on Monday night, showing Meghan posing alongside a woman and playing with a little girl. For her outing, the Duchess looked elegant in a grey cable knit jumper and pleated high-waisted trousers by Toteme.

meghan markle wearing j crew cashmere sleeveless black top at invictus games© Patrick van Katwijk
The Duchess paid a private visit to Trebe Cafe whilst in Dusseldorf

The café's mission is profound - it serves as a haven for girls and young women living on the streets, offering them showers, clean clothes, a brief respite to sleep, meals, and above all, guidance and support.

This unanticipated pitstop came after an emotionally charged close to the sixth edition of the Invictus Games. 

What is the purpose of the Invictus Games? 

The Duke, 39, founded The Invictus Games in 2014 in a bid to aid the rehabilitation of injured and sick military personnel and veterans across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events akin to the Paralympics.

According to the official website, "The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives."

Meghan and Harry at the 2023 Invictus Games

Their appearance at the Games was nothing short of elegant. While Harry was dapper in his black ensemble, Meghan stunned in a green strapless dress adorned with intricate laser-cut floral details.

Meghan looked stunning in a teal dress, whilst Prince Harry looked dapper in a dark suit© Getty
Meghan looked stunning in a teal dress, whilst Prince Harry looked dapper in a dark suit

The high-spirited duo animatedly cheered as the U.S. team made their entry to the rousing anthem, Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen. 

Harry's closing address, partly in German, highlighted the invincible spirit of the competitors. “We've all witnessed the true impact sport has had on your recovery... You have opened people’s hearts, through your vulnerability, through your resilience and your sheer abilities. You have shown us that joy can emerge from struggle," he passionately declared.

Meghan Markle touching Prince Harry as he talks to German president© Getty
Meghan Markle appeared excited when the Nigeria team appeared on stage

The week was action-packed, to say the least. Harry ignited the Games' spirit with a rousing speech, emphasizing the collective spirit. "Even if you aren't donning a camouflage now, you are still part of a team," Harry noted, accentuating the essence of service, resilience, and camaraderie. 

The Duke was applauded after a very emotional speech© Getty
The Duke also delivered an emotional speech during the closing ceremony

Meghan later joined him, candidly sharing her brief hiatus, attributing it to familial responsibilities. She jokingly mentioned milkshake runs and school drop-offs before emphasizing the sense of community that Invictus had fostered.

In her address, she also spoke briefly about her two children, and expressed her hopes of one day bringing them along to future Invictus events. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak on stage at the "Friends @ Home Event" at the Station Airport during day three of the Invictus Games Düssel© Getty
Meghan joined her husband on stage

She said: "Just like so many of you this is about family and friends and the community that Invictus has created, that Fisher House has created, so I just had to spend a little bit more time at home getting our little ones settled, getting milkshakes, doing school drop off, and then I landed a couple of hours ago."

Throughout the week, the couple was the embodiment of enthusiasm, engaging in various sports and willingly posing for myriad selfies. They took center stage, presenting medals at diverse events. 

Meghan Markle stood by Prince Harry's side during the closing ceremony© Getty
Meghan Markle stood by Prince Harry's side during the closing ceremony

Prince Harry's birthday serenade

An emotional high of the week was undoubtedly Harry's 39th birthday, which saw him being heartily serenaded during a sitting volleyball game between Poland and Germany.

Birthday wishes weren't confined to the courts. The Invictus Games' social media channels overflowed with birthday cheer for their founder. 

Thumbs up from Prince Harry as he watches the sitting volleyball© Getty
Prince Harry was all smiles as he watched the volleyball

A post exclaimed: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to... Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. You've given hope, inspired millions, and never stop putting a smile on peoples faces."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pet dog on day seven of Invictus Games© Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pet dog on day seven of Invictus Games

Although the couple distanced themselves from certain royal commitments in 2020, Harry’s commitment to the Invictus Games remains unwavering. 

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The event holds a special place in their hearts; it was the backdrop of their inaugural public appearance as a couple in 2017 in Toronto.

Meghan's unwavering support for her husband's initiative was evident. She was by his side during the Games in Sydney in 2018, and again in The Hague.

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