Beat the heat! Meghan Markle wears £2,275 Johanna Ortiz sundress to stave off the 95oF heat while Prince Harry enjoys volleyball in Nigeria. Click to view more photos

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

 

Meghan Markle kept cool in a £2,275 striped sundress as she and Prince Harry began their ‘quasi-royal’ tour of Africa today.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The visit to Nigeria – which has become a royal tour in all but name – is part of Harry’s Invictus Game project and he delighted onlookers when he took part in a game.

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, watched on from the sidelines in Johanna Ortiz’s Tropicana Nights dress, which features a black and cream palm leaf style design, with cut out detailing under the bust.

She complemented her ensemble with bold gold jewellery, including statement circular earrings and a variety of matching bracelets.

Meghan’s hair was slicked back into a ponytail for her outing, and her make-up was simple and fresh.
Later in the day, she changed into a strapless, white fitted dress for lunch with Nigeria’s minister of defence. She swept her hair into a sleek up-do, and added a delicate cross necklace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Harry also changed for the occasion, matching his wife in a white suit.

The Duchess cheered Prince Harry on as he took part in a sitting volleyball game, but ultimately his Nigeria Unconquered team ended up losing 21-25 to the Chief of Defence staff squad.

The outdoor volleyball match at the Officers Mess was their first official engagement on Saturday and once again the couple were the centre of attention.

Meghan was happy to pose for selfies – at one point being lost amongst the crowd – and some were even reduced to tears after meeting her.

Meghan Markle

The Sussex Squad – a group of Harry and Meghan fans – were out in force as they cheered the Duke and Duchess on their arrival just before midday.

Aptly named Royalty Ojeh, six, was chosen to present a stem of roses to Meghan who pulled one out of the bunch and handed it back to the awe-struck little girl.

As they arrived there were loud cheers from a group of fans holding up placards reading ’43 % Nigerian’ in a nod to Meghan’s recent admission of her west African heritage.

Others jokingly said ‘Harry you owe us dowry’ with London based Michela Rituc explaining;’ It’s traditional for dowry and Meghan is Nigerian so he owes us.

‘When she announced her heritage, I already knew it you can just tell from the mother’s face and the grandmother’s face, definitely eastern Nigerian.