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Meghan declares her love for Prince Harry before the couple kiss on stage at the Invictus Games

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex embrace during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games – Reuters/Piroschka van de Wouw

The Duchess of Sussex has publicly declared her love for her “incredible” husband in front of thousands of people.

Introducing the Duke at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, she said she ‘couldn’t love and respect him more’.

The couple embraced when the Duke arrived on stage, and he appeared emotional ahead of his speech, saying: “Thank you, my love.”

The Duchess, wearing a white off-the-shoulder top and dark trousers, spoke for a few minutes before welcoming the Duke on stage in the hall that can hold up to 5,000 people.

She said: “It’s an honor for me to introduce someone who I think you’ll all be very happy to hear from. He also spent many nights and mornings planning these games to make them so perfect. as possible for each of you.

She added: “I couldn’t love and respect him more and I know you all feel the same as he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service.

“He is the founder of the Invictus Games and the father of our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my amazing husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Meghan declares her love for Prince Harry before the couple kiss on stage at the Invictus Games

The Duchess of Sussex on stage during the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony – Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

The couple appeared happy and close during their public appearances at the event, holding hands and placing their hands on each other’s backs.

The Invictus Games was where the couple made their first public appearance together nearly five years ago.

The Duchess made her first appearance at an official engagement attended by the Duke in September 2017 when she attended the Opening Ceremony in Toronto, Canada, although the couple sat around 18 seats apart. the other.

The following day, they emerged hand-in-hand to make their first official public appearance together in wheelchair tennis.

Earlier today the Sussexes were taken for a spin by a couple of young drivers in mini cars.

The couple jumped into miniature Land Rovers driven by two little girls ahead of the opening ceremony.

The Duke also took part in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, sitting in the front passenger seat and helping navigate a course of bridge structures, ramps and rocks.

Jaguar Land Rover provides financial support for the games.

The couple, who could be seen holding hands, arrived at Zuiderpark around lunchtime and looked laid back and relaxed as they chatted with people.

The Duchess wore her hair in a ponytail and wore cropped jeans, a cropped jacket and flat pumps, while the Duke wore an Invictus polo shirt and navy blue trousers.

The couple, both wearing sunglasses on a sunny Saturday, met children on a small track next to the main driving course, and each sat in the passenger area alongside their young drivers.

Meghan declares her love for Prince Harry before the couple kiss on stage at the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex took part in the Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge – Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for the Invictus Games

The Duchess was driven by a five-year-old French girl, Mya Poirot, while her husband was driven by a four-year-old Dutch girl, Scarlet Vroegop.

At one point, the Duchess appeared to congratulate Mya on her conduct as she could be seen clapping.

They made their first public appearance together in Europe since stepping down as senior royals more than two years ago when they attended a reception at the games on Friday.

Their Zuiderpark appearance came after visiting the Queen and meeting the Prince of Wales in Windsor on Thursday, having flown in from their home in the US.

The opening ceremony was to feature live performances from rock stars like the Kaiser Chiefs, Anneke van Giersbergen, DI-RECT and Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso.

Princess Margriet, Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, were among those expected, with the latter due to deliver a speech on the importance of the Invictus Games.

Meghan declares her love for Prince Harry before the couple kiss on stage at the Invictus Games

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

A crew joined the Sussexes at the games to film a Netflix documentary called Heart Of Invictus, a series from Archewell Productions following people who attend the event.

One film crew was present on Friday, while another was seen near the Duke and Duchess on Saturday.

The Duke founded the Invictus Games to help rehabilitate injured or ill service members and veterans around the world, challenging them to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympic Games.

The Sussexes’ Anglo-Dutch trips came after the couple were absent from the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London.

Meanwhile, the Duke is pressing charges against the Home Office after being told he would no longer have the same degree of personal protection when visiting the UK, despite offering to pay him -same.

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 said.

The opening ceremony of the Invictus Games will be broadcast on the BBC.

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