VANCOUVER, Canada, Nov 21, (Agencies): Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised fans in Canada on Monday night with an unexpected appearance at the Vancouver Canucks hockey game. The Duke of Sussex, a former British Army captain, had the honor of performing the ceremonial first puck drop before the face-off between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks. The royal couple then enjoyed the game from their exclusive box seats.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in Canada in anticipation of the upcoming Invictus Games, scheduled to take place in Vancouver and Whistler in 2025. Prince Harry founded this international adaptive sports tournament in 2014, dedicated to wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and veterans.
Prince Harry’s ice moment is reminiscent of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who performed her own ceremonial puck drop 21 years ago at a Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks game during her 11-day tour of Canada in celebration of her Golden Jubilee.
Canada holds a special place in Meghan and Harry’s hearts, particularly as the Invictus Games played a significant role in the early days of their relationship. The couple made their public debut at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, where Meghan lived while filming Suits.
The connection to Vancouver and Whistler is strengthened by the fact that these locations are close to Harry and Meghan’s current residence in Montecito, California. Vancouver also holds sentimental value as the couple spent their first holiday season as a family of three on Vancouver Island in 2019 before stepping back from their royal roles in 2020.
The Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018 marked a particularly warm reception for the couple, especially poignant as it occurred shortly after the announcement of Meghan’s pregnancy with their son, Archie, by Kensington Palace. The journey of Meghan and Harry, personally and through their involvement in meaningful events like the Invictus Games, continues to capture the public’s attention.
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