Prince Harry plays volleyball with veterans during his visit

Prince Harry plays volleyball with veterans during his visit
Prince Harry plays volleyball with veterans during his visit

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived in Abuja, the capital, on Friday as part of promotion for the Invictus Games, the sporting event the prince founded for war veterans. At a Nigerian army compound, Harry’s team, dressed in yellow, took on a team led by Nigeria’s chief of defense staff. Under chants of “Team Harry, Team Harry,” the prince’s team led the game at the start of the match, with players sitting on foam mats, some of whom no longer have legs. But she ultimately lost 25 to 21.

In the Duke of Sussex’s team was former Nigerian soldier Peacemaker Azuegbulam, who lost a leg fighting Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, becoming the first African to win a gold medal at the Invictus Games last year last in Germany. “It is an honor for Nigeria and for Africa to receive Prince Harry,” the latter told AFP before the match. Before Nigeria, Prince Harry was in London on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the games.

Like all of his trips to the UK since moving to the US in 2020, his visit has sparked further speculation about a reconciliation with his family. But he did not meet his father, King Charles. Harry, a former army captain who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, founded the Games in 2014. Since then, they have grown to promote the reintegration of war veterans through sport.

The couple is expected in Lagos, the country’s economic capital, on Sunday to participate in two events: a basketball match and a fundraiser.

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