Meghan Markle Receives Heartfelt "Happy Mother's Day" Wish During Nigeria Trip with Prince Harry

"To come to something like this and dedicate yourself, we truly appreciate it so thank you again."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reacts while delivering a speech at the Lightway Academy with Britain's Prince Harry (unseen), Duke of Sussex, in Abuja on May 10, 2024 as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary.
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Meghan Markle is being celebrated as a mom during her trip to Nigeria alongside her husband, Prince Harry.

On Sunday, May 12, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, and visited the Ilupeju Senior Grammar School to watch the Giants of Africa basketball exhibition as part of the Invictus Games 10-year anniversary celebration.

During the visit, Masai Ujiri—the vice-chairman and president of the charity as well as a former NBA player—publicly wished Markle a happy Mother's Day and while extending his heartfelt gratitude to the Duchess for taking the time to visit Nigeria.

“I want to wish you a happy, happy Mother’s Day," Ujiri said, as reported by People. “It is sometimes hard for us to be away from our kids and family to make things like this happen. But to do so shows dedication. To come to something like this and delicate yourself we truly appreciate it so thank you again.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share two children together—Archie and Lilibet.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with the Chief of Defence Staff of Nigeria at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 10, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with the Chief of Defence Staff of Nigeria at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 10, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to Nigeria to honor the tenth anniversary of Prince Harry's beloved Invictus Games, a paralympic-style sporting competition to honor and support wounded, injured and sick military members and veterans.

The couple's three-day trip marks the first significant international tour since the pair stepped away from their royal roles and duties in 2020 after severe security concerns, intense U.K media scrutiny and as a result of the ongoing strife between the Duke and Duchess and other key members of the royal family, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, King Charles and Queen Camilla.

On Saturday, May 11, Meghan opened up about her motherhood experience during a women in leadership panel discussion, People reported.

"Balance will always change for you," Markle said at the time, and while touching on the ongoing pursuit of work-life balance as a working mother

"That balance, what seems balanced 10 years ago is going to shift," she continued. "And so being a mom has always been a dream of mine. And I'm so fortunate that we have two beautiful, healthy, very chatty, sweet children. I love being a mom. I love being a mom."

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During the first day of the Duke and Duchess' trip, Meghan Markle spoke to a group of students at a school in Abuja. During the interaction, she shared a truly heartfelt and touching interaction she had with her daughter.

“Our daughter, Lili, she's much, much tinier than you guys. She's about to turn three. And a few weeks ago she looked at me and she would just see the reflection in my eyes. And she (goes): ‘Mama, I see me in you,’" she said at the time, as reported by People.

“Oh, now she was talking really literally. But I hung onto those words in a very different way," she continued. "And I thought: 'Yes, I do see me in you, and you see me in you.'"

Danielle Campoamor
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