EXCLUSIVE! Prince Harry flies to Nigerian no go zone famed for armed bandits and kidnappers but leaves Meghan 120 miles behind him after couple enjoyed action packed rockstar welcome to country on their ‘quasi royal tour.

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Prince Harry travelled alone when he visited a military hospital in Kaduna, a region dubbed a no go zone by the Foreign and Commonwealth development office, MailOnline can reveal.

 

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Harry, who has questioned his own security in the UK, flew to the hospital around 120 miles north west of Abuja and apologised on his arrival that he had left Meghan back in the capital of the west African country.

After being welcomed by dancers on a red carpet, Harry told the audience: ‘I’m sorry that I didn’t bring my wife.

‘The focus here in Kaduna is the wounded, injured and sick men and women who serve in Nigerian forces and keep people safe.’

Sources told the Mail that Meghan had a private engagement and was due to meet up with harry on his return later on Friday.
Harry getting into a car on his visit to Kaduna. The Sussexes entourage consists of over ten vehicles
Kaduna is one of the country’s most dangerous states, with nearly 2,000 abductions recorded in 2020, as well as reports of sexual violence including rape.

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The UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the area, which is partly ruled by armed bandits.

Before he left, Harry was given two paintings β€” one of him and his late mother Princess Diana and another of him and wife Meghan.
Then he was asked to put on another gift β€” an outfit of a traditional waistcoat and a ‘Big Gown’ which he needed help getting over his head.

And, with a slightly bemused look, he followed the suggestion that he put on a Hula cap too.

Harry toured about six wards seeing row after row of young men recuperating from their injuries. Many had been shot, ambushed by Boko Haram or lost limbs due to blasts.

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He shook hands with around 50 former service personnel and told them:’ You are going to get better, get back on your feet.’

Half way round he was introduced to 2nd Lt. Princess Owowoh, 23, who had recently graduated from Sandhurst military academy where Harry trained to be an army officer.

Harry had written to her when he’d heard her story. ‘He wrote to congratulate me and say that they were coming to Nigeria and about the Invictus Games Foundation,’ she said.

‘The Invictus Games gives hope to the soldiers. It encourages them to walk towards a goal, to achieve something new.’

Not everyone welcomed the Sussexes ‘quasi-royal’ tour of the country however, with some questioning how Harry could visit such high risk zones while having previously raised concerns over his security back at home.

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Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe, who accompanied the late Princess of Wales and the King to Nigeria in the early 1990s, told MailOnline that the trip laid bare Harry’s ‘hypocrisy’.

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He said: ‘I went to Nigeria with Harry’s mother and father and it was pretty lawless back then and so you do have to question why he has gone there if he says the safety of his wife and children is uppermost.