Meghan Markle ‘can’t wait to visit Nigeria for her mother and the kids’, an Invictus Games organizer has revealed, after she reportedly cheered for the African team who discovered her heritage.
The Duchess of Sussex’s ties with the country appeared to have strengthened dramatically since the start of the Games, which benefit injured and disabled military veterans.
Prince Harry revealed at the opening ceremony that his wife would lend her personal support to the athletes after discovering she is 43% Nigerian through a genealogical test.
In the following days, she was seen hugging a competitor and describing her as “my Nigerian sister,” before being introduced to other members of the team and the defense chief, who gave her a nickname – Amira Ngozi Lolo – which she could use it if she visits the country someday.
Amira is a warrior princess from legend, Ngozi means ‘blessed’ and Lolo is ‘royal wife’.
Meghan wrote her signature on Nigeria’s flag as she excitedly met members of the country’s Invictus team
Meghan greets Glory Essien, who will compete for Nigeria at the Invictus Games
She smiled as she hugged the competitor and told her, “You are my Nigerian sister!”
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is pictured in the Netflix documentary about her daughter and Prince Harry
Meghan and Harry were serenaded in a group, as a Nigerian led them in a chant of “Gbosas,” which roughly translates as “kudos.”
Derek Cobbinah, who helped coordinate Nigeria’s debut in this year’s competition, told Hello! that the Duchess was “deeply touched” by the nickname and that she hopes to organize a family trip to the country.
“She said she couldn’t wait to visit Nigeria for her mother and the children,” he revealed.
“She is always welcome to visit Nigeria and other African countries.”
The revelation of Meghan’s Nigerian heritage came on an episode of her Archetypes podcast after she took a genealogy test “a few years ago.”
She promised to “dig deeper into this” during her conversation with comedians Issa Rae and Ziwe Fumudoh.
It came as Meghan was welcomed as a rock star at the Düsseldorf Games yesterday as she made her first appearance at a sporting event Harry.
The crowd jumped up to cheer and applaud her, who seemed surprised by the rapturous welcome and took their seats in the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Dressed casually in a J Crew sweater and shorts and Chanel flat pumps, the 42-year-old mother of two was beaming with joy and waved to the crowd and threw her hands in the air as she hugged the Australian team supporters sitting in her row.
Harry, who happily posed for dozens of selfies with fans, took a back seat as most people in the crowd wanted to take a photo with Meghan.
Following her impromptu speech at a party for 1,600 people where she apologized for her late arrival at the match on Tuesday, excitement spread around the event yesterday that she would be making her debut.
Meghan bonded with Australian competitor Laura Reynell, 28, from New South Wales, who sat next to her as they chatted about her hat.
She said: ‘Meghan thought it was funny that I was wearing the hat and asked if I was cold. I told her I’m from Oz and I’m always cold.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave their hands during the wheelchair basketball match
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf
Meghan Markle wears a stars and stripes badge and cheers for Team USA on day four of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games
She sat next to husband Harry, was surrounded by American fans and regularly applauded
Ms Reynell added that Meghan spoke about her two young children who remained behind in California.
She said: ‘She was so nice and talking about her children. She said the children are excited about Invictus, but they are too young to understand it.”
Reynell has competed in powerlifting, archery and rowing. Harry was in animated conversation with Tavis Watt, 49, a psychologist for the Australian team.
After watching the competition, Harry and Meghan took part in a children’s relay.
It was Sussex v Sussex as they picked opponents for the race around the basketball court.
Harry encouraged his team to win the sprint race and urged the young competitors attending the games to cheer on family and friends.
Meghan clapped her hands enthusiastically as her group of young people raced.
The couple presented medals to all participants as Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ sounded through the arena.