Prince Harry reveals 2023 Invictus Games will be held in Düsseldorf

Prince Harry announces when the 2023 Invictus Games will be held in Germany in video message recorded prior to his ’20 weeks off work’ after the birth of daughter Lilibet

  • Prince Harry has announced when 2023 Invictus Games will be held in Germany 
  • In a video message thought to be recorded prior to his ’20 weeks off work’ 
  • Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am 

Prince Harry has announced when the 2023 Invictus Games will be held in Germany in a video message thought to be recorded prior to his ’20 weeks off work’ following the birth of his daughter Lilibet. 

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, who currently live in their $14million mansion in Montecito, welcomed Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

It was previously revealed the pair are both taking up to ’20 weeks off work’ to care for their daughter with their eldest son Archie ‘excited’ and ‘very happy’ about the arrival of his little sister. 

But today, in a thought to be pre-recorded video message, Harry opened a clip announcing Düsseldorf as the destination for the Invictus Games in 2023, saying: ‘It’s time to spread the news, something big is coming to Germany.’ 

It comes as the royal threatened the BBC with legal action after it reported that he and Meghan did not ask the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet – as an extraordinary three-way briefing war broke out between the Sussexes, the Palace and the corporation. 


Prince Harry (pictured) has announced when the 2023 Invictus Games will be held in Germany in a video message thought to be recorded prior to his ’20 weeks off work’ following the birth of his daughter Lilibet

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex (pictured), 39, who currently live in their $14million mansion in Montecito, welcomed Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California

Taking to Twitter, the Invictus Games, created by Prince Harry, shared a clip of the duke today alongside German Minister of Defence A. Kramp-Karrenbauer. 

The caption read: ‘The Invictus Games are coming to Germany. And today, Harry, Duke of Sussex and German Minister of Defence @akk reveal when the international sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will take place.

Harry wages war with BBC: Furious prince threatens legal action over claim he did not consult Queen before naming his daughter Lilibet

Prince Harry has threatened the BBC with legal action after it reported that he and Meghan Markle did not ask the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet – as an extraordinary three-way briefing war broke out between the Sussexes, the Palace and the corporation. 

Senior Buckingham Palace sources told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond this morning that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.

However, Harry hit back within 90 minutes of the BBC’s report being published through a statement from his and Meghan’s close friend Omid Scobie that insisted the Queen was the first person the Duke called after the birth of his daughter.

Mr Scobie, who wrote the bombshell Finding Freedom biography of the couple, also claimed the Sussexes would not have used the name Lilibet unless the Queen had supported the move.

Harry, who together with wife Meghan announced they were expecting a girl during their interview with Oprah in March, took things a step further mere hours after his rebuttal of the report, threatening the BBC with legal action through law firm Schillings.

Notice of the legal action was followed by a carefully-worded statement that raised more questions than answers over whether the Queen did give permission or if the couple simply informed her of their intentions in a fait accompli.

The statement insisted that the BBC report was wholly wrong and read: ‘The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.

‘During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’

The BBC then amended its report though the article still says that the Queen was not asked about the name of the baby. Mr Dymond’s tweets citing a Buckingham Palace source also still remain up.

The BBC report on the Palace’s position and Harry’s fiery reaction implies both parties believe they are telling the truth on the issue. It suggests that Harry and Meghan could have informed the Queen of Lilibet’s name before taking Her Majesty’s non-denial as consent.

On the other hand, the Palace briefings appear to hint that the Queen felt she was presented with the couple’s decision and asked to rubber stamp it, rather than give permission.

Despite Harry’s strong condemnation of the BBC report about Lilibet today, Buckingham Palace refused to comment on whether the story was true when approached by MailOnline.

The aide behind the Palace leak to the BBC is unknown, though it is thought to be a senior official.

‘The Invictus Games Düsseldorf: 9-16 September 2023,’ it added. 

The 2020 Invictus Games were originally due to take place in the Hague, the Netherlands, in May of that year, but were pushed back until 2022. 

Last year’s event was originally due to take place in the Hague, the Netherlands, in May. But the games were rescheduled until May this year due to the Covid pandemic. 

Yet in February, the event was pushed back again until 2022, after organisers decided against holding a digital version. 

Prince Harry created the Invictus games in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in nine sports.

The name ‘Invictus’ comes from the late Roman sun god by the same name. He was also named the ‘Unconquered Sun’ – which is where the games takes its ‘unconquered’ message.

The first event was held in 2014 in London, before a follow-up event was held in the United States two years later. The last games was held in 2018 in Sydney.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are both taking ‘several months off work’ to care for Lilibet, it was previously revealed. 

In the first words since Lili’s birth was announced, a source close to the couple told the Evening Standard: ‘Archie and his parents are excited to welcome the new addition to their family. He’s very happy to have a little sister.’ 

And Omid Scobie, a journalist favoured by Harry and Meghan, has revealed that the couple are now taking time off work together. 

He said: ‘We’re so used to seeing senior royals going back to work but Harry and Meghan are leading by example. They offer up to 20 weeks parental leave at Archewell – it’ll be several months off work for the pair of them’. 

Harry also has a job as ‘chief impact officer’ at San Francisco-based mental wellness app BetterUp, dubbed life coaching Tinder for millennials. 

Employees are entitled to eights weeks paid leave to ‘bond with your new child’ – MailOnline has asked the Duke’s boss Alexi Robichaux if his royal employee is taking it. 

The Duke is also a celebrity commissioner fighting what he calls an ‘avalanche of misinformation’ as part an American study for the Aspen Foundation, which is funded by left-leaning billionaires – but he is unlikely to qualify for paid leave from there.

Prince William took varying amounts of paternity leave with his three children, taking two to three weeks off duties for George and Charlotte but only two days when Louis was born. Kate took seven months for Louis, four months for Charlotte and only one month for George. 

Harry and Meghan’s new baby daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – will be known as Lili. A variation on Lily, the flower is often seen to symbolise purity, commitment, rebirth and fertility. 

Lili’s middle name Diana honours Harry’s later mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It is no surprise the couple chose to pay tribute to Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 when Harry was just 12.

Lili has been born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1. Her cousin Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names, as well as Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are due to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed, amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.

The Sussexes’ tribute to the Queen is likely to be seen as an olive branch to the monarch and the rest of the family.

Taking to Twitter , the event, created by Prince Harry, shared a clip of the duke alongside German Minister of Defence A. Kramp-Karrenbauer (pictured)

The caption read: ‘The Invictus Games are coming to Germany. And today, Harry, Duke of Sussex and German Minister of Defence @akk reveal when the international sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will take place’

Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their Oprah Winfrey interview in March when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born.

They also said the institution failed to help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes lauded the Queen.

Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said: ‘The Queen… has always been wonderful to me.’ 

On Monday, the delighted Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. 

 The first Invictus Games was held in 2014 in London, before a follow-up event was held in the United States two years later. The last games was held in 2018 in Sydney. (Pictured, Meghan and Harry at the 2018 games)

‘She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.’

Lili – who is eighth in line to the throne – was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000. 

The Queen, senior royals and the Prime Minister led worldwide tributes, with Boris Johnson tweeting: ‘Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.’

Meghan’s estranged father Thomas Markle, who has met neither Harry nor grandson Archie, said: ‘I am very pleased with the announcement of the safe and healthy delivery of my new granddaughter, and I wish her and her mother all my love and best wishes!’ 

Sweet family nickname for Queen that inspired Harry and Meghan’s name for their baby daughter 

Lilibet – the Queen’s family nickname – was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.

Her grandfather King George V would affectionately call her ‘Lilibet’ imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.

The sweet nickname stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on.

The Duke of Edinburgh also referred to his wife as Lilibet, writing to his mother in law after their wedding: ‘Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me.’

Harry and Meghan’s new baby daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – will be known as Lili. A variation on Lily, the flower is often seen to symbolise purity, commitment, rebirth and fertility.

Lili’s middle name Diana honours Harry’s later mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It is no surprise the couple chose to pay tribute to Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 when Harry was just 12.

Lili has been born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1. Her cousin Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names, as well as Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are due to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed, amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.

The Sussexes’ tribute to the Queen is likely to be seen as an olive branch to the monarch and the rest of the family.

Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their Oprah Winfrey interview in March when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born.

They also said the institution failed to help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes lauded the Queen.

Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said: ‘The Queen… has always been wonderful to me.’ 

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