Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate Team U.S.A.'s Wheelchair Basketball Victory at Invictus Games — with Hugs!

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate Team U.S.A.'s Wheelchair Basketball Victory at Invictus Games — with Hugs!
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hugged the United States' wheelchair basketball team at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Wednesday after they beat Team France by a score of 29-15 in the final.

Harry, 38, was pictured embracing one member of the U.S. team after the game, while Meghan, 42, — recently dubbed "Amira Ngozi Lolo" by Team Nigeria, meaning, in part, "Royal Wife" — was seen placing a medal around the neck of a teammate.

In another photo, an emotional-looking Meghan — wearing a black tank and jeans — tightly hugged a player as the rest of Team U.S.A. looked on. 

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“He said a few words to me and gave me a big hug. It’s awesome to feel that he recognizes me, comes up and treats me like I’m one of his friends. Like all veterans do, [when] we don’t talk to each other for maybe months or years — when we get together, it’s like we never left. That’s what it feels like when I talk with him.”

Garrett, who is also competing in swimming and track and field at the sporting event, first met Harry at the 2022 Invictus Games in The Hague. The pair then spent more time together when they went scuba diving in Hawaii (Garrett’s home state) in November, with the trip being captured for Harry’s new Netflix docuseries Heart of Invictus.

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He’s just like one of the guys, it was an amazing experience. He makes you feel like you’ve known him forever."

The Invictus Games was founded by Harry in 2014 for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. The first international adaptive sports tournament took place in London and was inspired by Harry’s trip to the Warrior Games in the U.S. in 2013.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also watched the wheelchair basketball contest between Ukraine and Australia. 

The duo met some of the competitors ahead of the match before sitting in the stands, where they took part in a huge celebratory group wave.

Harry and Meghan looked delighted as they were photographed waving their arms in the air in unison with the crowd and snapping selfies with spectators.