Do They Really Have Children? Meghan Markle reveals sorrow of being away from Archie and Lilibet on US Mother’s Day but it ‘feels appropriate to be in the motherland’ – as Prince Harry jokes guests at Lagos state reception are his ‘in-laws’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

 

Meghan Markle told Nigerians that it felt ‘appropriate to be in the motherland’ on US Mother’s Day – but also admitted that she her missed her children Archie and Lilibet.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex said at Lagos State Government House that she was ‘very grateful’ and ‘very humbled’ by the welcome the couple had received on their tour.

Meghan told the event yesterday: ‘Today is Mother’s Day (in America). So it feels appropriate that although of course we are missing our children, I’m missing my babies, it feels very appropriate to be in the motherland and amongst family.’

The Duchess, who was also honoured with a naming ceremony and received a handwoven Nigerian fabric, added: ‘Thank you so much for the kindness and for these beautiful names, I’m very grateful. I can’t wait to come back.’

Her husband Prince Harry also spoke to the gathering, describing those in the room as his ‘in laws’, adding: ‘I’ll skip the protocol because at this point we’re all family.’

He continued: ‘Thank you for welcoming my wife and myself to Nigeria. It’s our first visit. It certainly won’t be our last. Thank you for the naming ceremony. I don’t know how I got dragged into that as well, but to be able to witness it as well next to my wife, it means a huge amount to both of us but especially her, so thank you for that.’

Their visit comes after Meghan revealed on her Archetypes podcast in October 2022 that she found out through the DNA-based test that she was ’43 per cent Nigerian’.

The Sussexes were invited to the West African nation by its military, with their three-day visit intended to promote mental health for soldiers and empower young people.

Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu told reporters: ‘We’ve extended an additional invitation to them that they can always come back when they want to.’

Harry and Meghan arrived in Lagos yesterday where Nigeria’s fashion and traditional dances were on full display.

The couple were treated to different bouts of dancing, starting at Lagos airport where a troupe’s acrobatic moves left Harry and Meghan applauding and grinning.

One of the dancers, who looked younger than five years old, exchanged salutes with Harry from high up in the air as he stood on a colleague’s shoulders.

Going with Meghan’s white top was the traditional Nigerian aso oke, a patterned handwoven fabric wrapped around the waist and often reserved for special occasions. It was a gift from a group of women a day earlier.