Meghan Markle ‘removed’ from Invictus Games schedule amid confusion over involvement

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is nowhere to be seen in the media schedule for this weekend's annual Invictus Games, taking place in the German city of Düsseldorf.

An official guide for the event, which is a Paralympic-esque competition for injured military staff and veterans, suggested that the mum-of-two, 42, would be joining her husband Prince Harry on stage for the closing ceremony on 16 September.

The Daily Mail now reports that Meghan's name has vanished from the Invictus Games website's listing, with German TV host Hadnet Tesfai instead identified as presenting a segment about some of the competitors' stories. The publication's sources suggested that the now-deleted original entry was an administrative error.

It's reported that Meghan is still due to make appearances at the Games alongside Harry.

She is expected to miss the opening ceremony of the sporting event but will fly to Europe and join Harry shortly after the event – which will see participants from across the globe taking part – begins.

A spokesperson for the couple previously said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to attend the Invictus Games 2023 in Dusseldorf.

“The Duke will be in attendance throughout the entirety of the games and will be joined by the Duchess shortly after the games begin.”

Harry's Heart Of Invictus Netflix documentary, filmed by a camera crew who covered his and Meghan’s visit to the 2022 games in the Netherlands, aired on 30 August.

This year's Invictus Games arrive amid Harry, his brother Prince William, and father King Charles III locked in a stalemate, as the latter two are still feeling the sting of Harry and Meghan's explosive Netflix documentary and the release of memoir Spare.

With Harry visiting England for a separate event before the Invictus Games – The WellChild Awards – and Charles, 74, coincidentally back in the country too, an opportunity for peace talks has been grabbing the headlines.

Journalist and TV presenter Jennie Bond exclusively told OK! that his UK stopover "is likely to be a very brief visit, just as at the King's coronation", though.

"The WellChild Awards is an event extremely close to his heart, he has been a patron for 15 years and never misses the ceremony if he can help it. Last year he had to cancel because the Queen died and this year, it will bring him to London on the eve of the anniversary of her death. Presumably, he will still be in London on the very morning of the anniversary.

"But the King will be marking it privately in Scotland and William will be going to Wales to lead tributes. So the chance of any private talks looks extremely remote, even if any of them actually wanted to meet."

As for whether the son and father could make up at a later date, Jennie went on to explain: "Hopefully one day Charles and Harry will try to make peace, but I think it’s highly unlikely that Meghan would be invited to any such talks.

"However, if and when they do clear the air it would, I am sure, be contingent on the family accepting Meghan, as well as Harry, back into the fold. This day, however, looks like a very long way off to me and in fact may never happen."

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